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Call for Entries: The Ottawa International Animation Festival

Submissions are being accepted for the 2021 festival, which runs September 22-26; the competition’s entry deadline is May 31.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is now accepting film entries for the 2021 festival competition. Animated films completed after May 29, 2020 are eligible; the submission deadline May 31, 2021. There is no entry or registration fee.

From September 22 to 26, North America’s leading animation festival will turn Ottawa into the center of the animation universe, bringing together artists, students, guests, and talent to create a premier event that will innovate and inspire everyone who attends.

Submissions will be accepted in the following major categories:

  • Animated feature
  • Independent animated short
  • Student animation
  • Commissioned animation
  • Short animation for young audiences (0-5)
  • Short animation for young audiences (6-12)
  • Virtual reality animation
  • Animated series 

Submissions must be entered through the OIAF’s new entry form powered by Eventival (no other method will be accepted) and may only be submitted to one competition category. Films must be available as a streamable online screener link which must remain accessible until the end of July; anything submitted as a file, download, or dead link will automatically be disqualified for entry.

“Well, it’s that time again,” commented OIAF artistic director Chris Robinson. “And despite the Pandemic, we’ve seen no sign of animators slowing down, either in the industry or on the independent side. It’s been quite remarkable to see how animators have adapted and continued to flourish. We expect to see the same level of quality from this year’s submissions ...though we’re fully expecting a lot more films about living in a Pandemic!”

Each year the OIAF receives more than 2,000 entries. Approximately 150 films will be chosen for Official Competition and Out-of-Competition Showcase screenings. In addition to category prizes, submissions will also be considered for a variety of craft awards.

For more information visit the OIAF website.

Source: The Ottawa International Animation Festival