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Amy Kravitz Named Ottawa Animation Festival 2022 Honorary President

OIAF returns in-person after 2 years, running September 21-25; entries for the competition are still being accepted through May 31.

Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced Amy Kravitz as its Honorary President as it returns to an in-person event after two years of virtual event COVID isolation. A longtime supporter of the event, Kravitz is known for her influential work as both a teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design and her small but poetically potent body of work.

“It’s been a long road,” shared OIAF artistic director, Chris Robinson. “First, it took us years to convince the ever-modest Amy [Kravitz] to accept the title. She eventually agreed in March 2020. And, well, you know the rest. Amy’s generosity, innovative teaching style, and compassionate nature are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to finally be able to honor her.”

Kravitz started making animated films when she was 11, later studying Social Anthropology at Harvard University (AB) and then Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Her award-winning films (River Lethe, The Trap, and Roost) have been screened worldwide. Kravitz’s animation is a quiet testimony to the intimate collaboration between viewer and maker that takes place between each drawing. A retrospective of Kravitz’s animated works, including her latest film, will be presented this September at OIAF. Following the screening, Kravitz will participate in a talk and live Q&A session with the audience.

This year’s Festival takes place in person in Ottawa, September 21-25. Submissions for OIAF 2022 are open until May 31. Details about the submission process are available on the OIAF website.

Source: OIAF 2022