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OIAF Feature Films Competition

Ottawa-International-Animation-Festival-logoThe 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.

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Annie Awards Call for Entries set for Sept. 3



The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced Monday its “Call for Entries” for the 40th Annual Annie Awards.

Submissions will be accepted beginning September 3.

The Annie Award is recognized by the entertainment industry as the highest and most prestigious honor given in animation by the animation industry. The 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony is set next February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

The 2012 Annie Awards will be presented in 30 categories, including two new categories — Best Student Production and Winsor McCay Member’s Choice Award. The new Winsor McCay Member’s Choice Award will be on a separate ballot located on the Annies’ Web site (www.annieawards.org). While Annie voting is limited to ASIFA-Hollywood’s professional membership, all members, both professional and associate of ASIFA’s worldwide chapters, will be able to vote on this award.

Entries submitted for consideration will be from productions that were released in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2012. Details on how to enter may be found at www.annieawards.org. The deadline to receive submissions and materials is 5 p.m. Sunday, October 14.

The deadline to join ASIFA-Hollywood or to renew membership in order to participate in the Annie Award voting is Sunday, November 4. Membership information is located at www.asifa-hollywood.org.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the art of animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.

Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.

For information on ASIFA-Hollywood, visit www.asifa-hollywood.org. For information on the Annie Awards, visit www.annieawards.org.

Ottawa animation festival issues call for entries

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.

NFB’s Hothouse seeks submissions from new artists

National Film Board of Canada

National Film Board of Canada

Got an idea for an animation project created with new technologies?

For its eighth year, the National Film Board of Canada‘s Hothouse program is issuing a call for submissions for emerging animators across Canada, one that will feature an emphasis on digital technologies and a Genie-winning animator as mentoring director.

Hothouse offers new filmmakers, creative programmers and artists intrigued by animation art a 12-week paid apprenticeship at the NFB’s Oscar-winning Animation Studio in Montreal, where they can create their own short work with help from animation and digital media experts, as well as top-notch NFB technical and post-production personnel.

This year, the mentoring director for Hothouse is Theodore Ushev, whose 2010 film Lipsett Diaries received the Genie Award for Best Animated Short. He’ll be joined by associate producer Jelena Popovic and producer Michael Fukushima, who founded the Hothouse program in 2003 with former Animation Studio executive producer David Verrall.

Called “Sheep Dreams,” this eighth edition of Hothouse is designed for creators who are looking to use emerging tools and technologies, and take maximum advantage of new hardware, software or platforms in their projects. These projects can be anything from a traditionally animated story on an interactive mobile OS, to integrating sensing devices for spatial tracking and gesture/facial/voice recognition, to hacking a meaningful micro-narrative into existing game engines.

The goal is to help emerging artists create their own compelling 60-second experiences, driven by great animation storytelling and shaped by technology.

The Hothouse apprenticeship will take place in Montreal from March 5 to May 25. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 24.

Submissions must be e-mailed to hothouse@nfb.ca. The six successful candidates will be notified by Friday, February 3.

For complete info, visit films.nfb.ca/hothouse or contact Jelena Popovic at hothouse(at)nfb.ca or (514) 496-5466.

Forty-four short films have been produced through Hothouse over its seven-year history. Hothouse alumni include Patrick Doyon, whose animated short Sunday is currently nominated for an Annie Award by ASIFA-Hollywood, and Howie Shia, whose 2006 film Flutter received the Open Entries Grand Prize at the Tokyo Anime Awards.