Ottawa animation festival issues call for entries

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Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Festival

The Ottawa Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val is announc­ing its world­wide call for entries for its 2012 fes­ti­val, tak­ing place Sep­tem­ber 19 to 23 in Canada’s National Cap­i­tal Region.

Ani­ma­tors are invited to sub­mit their recent work into five major cat­e­gories, includ­ing inde­pen­dent short films, fea­ture films, com­mis­sioned films (TV series, com­mer­cials, music videos and video game ani­ma­tion), stu­dent films and films made for children.

The OIAF is rec­og­nized as one of the world’s most com­pet­i­tive film fes­ti­vals, receiv­ing more than 2,000 entries annu­ally. The festival’s selec­tion com­mit­tee chooses approx­i­mately 150 films for com­pe­ti­tion and out-of-competition show­case screenings.

The festival’s inter­na­tional jury — Barry Purves (Eng­land), Hisko Huls­ing (Hol­land), Izabela Rieben (Switzer­land), Mike Fal­lows (Canada), J.J. Sedel­maier (U.S.A.) and Sarah Muller (Eng­land) — will review films in com­pe­ti­tion. Jury mem­bers will join the audi­ence dur­ing screen­ings through­out the fes­ti­val and present the final awards at the clos­ing ceremonies.

The OIAF is also intro­duc­ing a new cat­e­gory for Non-Gameplay Ani­ma­tion, the first of its kind at any ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val. Exam­ples of non-gameplay ani­ma­tion include cin­e­matic cut scenes that help advance a game’s plot and trail­ers pre­view­ing an upcom­ing release.

Since the mid-1990s, we’ve been try­ing to find a way to seam­lessly inte­grate videogame ani­ma­tion into OIAF com­pe­ti­tions,” says fes­ti­val artis­tic direc­tor Chris Robin­son. “We found that the best way for us to acknowl­edge the out­stand­ing work being done in game­play ani­ma­tion was by encour­ag­ing the sub­mis­sion of non-game play components.”

A new award for Best Cana­dian Stu­dent Ani­ma­tion Film, cel­e­brat­ing the work of emerg­ing film­mak­ers and the wealth of up-and-coming Cana­dian tal­ent, will also be intro­duced. Cana­dian stu­dent films in com­pe­ti­tion and show­case will be eli­gi­ble for this award.

All online entry forms for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion must be received by May 18. The dead­line for pre­view DVDs is June 1. There is no entry fee.

For more infor­ma­tion about this year’s fes­ti­val, as well as the online entry form, visit the OIAF Web site at www.animationfestival.ca. Ques­tions about sub­mit­ting a film may be sent to entries(at)animationfestival.ca or made by tele­phone at (613) 232‑8769.

The Ottawa Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val is one of the world’s lead­ing ani­ma­tion events, pro­vid­ing screen­ings, exhibits, work­shops and enter­tain­ment since 1976. The OIAF is an annual five-day event bring­ing art and indus­try together in a vibrant hub and attract­ing more than 28,000 artists, pro­duc­ers, stu­dents and ani­ma­tion fans from around the world.

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