The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is pleased to announce the selection of films competing in the Feature Film Category at this year’s Festival running September 17-21. Five films have been announced to be in the competition.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub, with a total attendance of 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world.
“This year’s feature film competitors,” says OIAF Artistic Director, Chris Robinson, are among the most diverse we’ve ever had in competition. Using an array of animation techniques (drawn, paint, puppet), the films address sensitive and mature topics (political oppression, wrongful prosecution, environment, love and loneliness) in highly original, engaging and sometimes hilarious and absurd ways.”
Two animated documentaries highlight the competition: Seth’s Dominion (Luc Chamberlain, Canada) and Truth Has Fallen (Sheila Sofian, USA). NFB produced Seth’s Dominion is a nostalgic and inspiring look at the life of cartoonist Seth. Truth has Fallen uses both live action and animation to tell the story of three people wrongly accused of murder.
Tante Hilda! (Auntie Hilda!) (Jacques-Remy Girerd & Benoît Chieux, France) is a complex, challenging, yet fun film geared to both adults and kids. For those who like surreal, dark musicals animated with fruit, we have Unustatud Lugude Ooper: Lisa Limone Ja Maroc Orange Tormakas Armulugu (An Opera Of Forgotten Stories: A Rapid Love Story Of Lisa Limone And Maroc Orange) (Mait Laas, Estonia). Rounding out the selections is Até Que a Sbórnia Nos Separe (Until Sbornia do us part) (Otto Guerra & Ennio Torresan Jr., Brazil). Based on the long running musical Tangos & Tragedies, the film examines corporate dominance and environmental issues through the story of Sbornia, an eccentric and poetic country which is introduced to the modern world when a wall collapses.
This year’s Festival runs from September 17-21. For more information about the Ottawa International Animation Festival as well as media passes, visit www.animationfestival.ca