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Ottawa Animation Fest Calls for Entries

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(February 25, 2015 – Ottawa, ON) It is one of the world`s most important gatherings for animated filmmakers and the people, young and old, who love to watch animated movies. It`s the Ottawa International Film Festival (OIAF) and once again this year hey have issued a call for entries. As their media release states, the OAIF is “seeking state-of-the-art, thoughtful, funny and provocative animated films to showcase at venues in the national capital region from September 16th through the 20th.” While that may seem like a long way off, the deadline for submissions is a lot closer.

Animators are invited to submit their recent work into one of the Festival’s eight categories:

1. Feature Animation
2. Narrative Short Animation
3. Experimental/Abstract Animation
4. Undergraduate Animation
5. Graduate Animation
6. Commissioned Animation
7. Short Animation for Children
8. Animated Series for Children

If you’re interested in submitting you should read the Official Rules and Regulations available on the OIAF website before submitting your work. “We’ve made some changes to the categories this year. We eliminated the school showreel and high school categories along with merging series, promotional and music video into a new commissioned category,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director, Chris Robinson. “We think this will strengthen an already strong competition selection.”

The OIAF will be accepting entries for this year`s competition until May 15th, and DVDs and submission URLs until May 29th. Best news: there is no entry fee.

Each year the OIAF receives more than 2,000 entries from all over the world. Each submission is carefully reviewed by the Festival’s in-house selection committee. Approximately 150 films will be chosen for Official Competition and Out-of-Competition Showcase screenings. Prizes are awarded to the top films in each category. The Official Competition will be decided by a peer jury of animators, filmmakers, producers, directors, and artists.

This year’s jury includes Chris Dainty (Ottawa, Canada), Kasper Jancis (Tallinn, Estonia), Maral Mohammadian (Montreal, Canada), Igor Prassel (Slovenia), Leah Shore (Brooklyn, NY, USA), and Saschka Unseld (Hamburg, Germany).

The Ottawa International Animation Festival has been providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. The annual five-day event brings art and industry together in a vibrant hub and attracts more than 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world.

For more information about this year’s Festival, as well as the online entry form, visit the OIAF online. Questions about submitting a film may be sent to entries@animationfestival.ca or made by telephone at 613-232-8769.