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Fire guts Ottawa Animation Festival office

A major fire has gutted the Ottawa Animation Festival office and put theoffice completely out of commission. "It looks like a war zone," says ChrisRobinson, Festival Director. "Fortunately, no one was hurt in the fire, butvirtually the entire contents of the office have been destroyed. I believethat we can salvage some things. Fortunately wehave insurance...however, a number of animation cels, our animationvideo/film library, and all sorts of priceless archival materials arelikely lost to us forever (eg. our collection of festival catalogues datingback to 1976.)" Robinson says he hopes to have everything up and running inthe next couple of weeks, and the Festival is definitely still on. TheFestival's telephone number (1-613-232-8769) still works, but the callswill be forwarded to Robinson's house. In the case of an emergency, youshould call 1-613-276-2408. You can also fax (1-613-747-5554), but, fornow, e-mail is the preferred means of communication: oiaf@ottawa.com,safo@ottawa.com, robinson@ottawa.com, or smullett@magma.ca.

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