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Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival (OIAF) Issues Worldwide Call For Entries

Ottawa Intl Animation FestivalOttawa, CanadaDeadline: June 1, 2005

The Ottawa Intl Animation Festival (OIAF) has issued a worldwide call for entries for its 2005 festival, to be held Sept. 21-25 in Canadas capital. Since there no longer is an Ottawa Intl Student Animation Festival (SAFO), student animators are welcome to submit this year, along with Independent and commercial filmmakers working in a variety of media by June 1, 2005.

Films may be submitted under six umbrella categories, including commissioned films, independent short films, student films, films for children, school showreel, feature films and new media.

The competition categories, said Chris Robinson, the festivals artistic director, remain virtually unchanged except that we have now incorporated categories from our now defunct Ottawa International Student Animation Festival (SAFO) into the now annual OIAF. The SAFO categories added to OIAF 05 include: best school, graduate, undergraduate, elementary and secondary school film.

Another new twist is the creation of a Childrens Films competition that will be judged by a jury of local children. The 2005 fest will also offer special screenings such as a tribute to The Pink Panther, the best of Pee Wees Playhouse Animation, a spotlight on Slovak animation, a retrospective of award-winning Italian animator Guianluigi Toccafondo and a celebration of Canadian independent animation.

Television animation producers, broadcasters and buyers will also be in town for the 2nd annual Television Animation Conference, Canadas only TV toon industry forum, offering delegates a unique opportunity to connect with their targets and gain valuable insight into the Canadian and international markets. The conference will be held at the Chateau Laurier Hotel on Sept. 21 and 22.