Watch this year’s retrospectives featuring a celebration of Estonian animator, Elbert Tuganov; unique perspectives from Norwegian animation studio, Mikrofilm; and the work of Métis filmmaker, Terril Calder.
Passes for this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival (OAIF) all virtual event, running September 23 - October 4, are now available. Choices include the AnimaPass, TAC AnimaPass, a choice of three 3-Day passes as well as a Saturday Day Pass. Students can save with the Netflix Animation Student Pass, for post-secondary students, and the Toon Apprentice Pass, for Ottawa high school students. Individual tickets will go on sale September 9. Details are available here.
Passes will provide access to screenings, talks, and the whole virtual OIAF experience. Most events will be recreated virtually, such as studio and school booths; networking events; parties; and even the festival favorite, the pumpkin carving contest! New this year is the Artist Gallery, providing an opportunity for participants to have their work seen by studios and recruiters.
Retrospective Programs - Celebrate art and animation from across the Atlantic and across Canada.
- The OIAF will celebrate the life and work of Estonian animator, Elbert Tuganov, who created 38 puppet animation films from 1957-1983. Tuganov laid the foundation for the now 64-year-old Nukufilm Studio in Estonia. As a missionary of animation, he wrote animation books and conducted workshops.
- From the Baltic to the Nordic, the Norwegian animation studio Mikrofilm will be honored with a two-part retrospective of work from the group of filmmakers that create love-letters to the unique perspectives in each of their stories. The worlds they create are dynamic, specific, and not a single one of their beautiful frames are wasted.
- Home in Canada, the OIAF is eager to share the powerful work of Métis filmmaker, Terril Calder. Calder has been an influential force since making her first stop-motion films, most of which have dealt with myths and folktales. “Animation,” explained Calder, “held and holds so many possibilities to tell my stories and bring a different perspective to screen to make change.”
- Multi-talented artist, performer and glow-master, Emily Pelstring, who is on the OIAF 2020 Features Jury and serves up a magical selection of her films. As OIAF programmer Keltie Duncan asks, “Who better to examine these paranormal mysteries than someone who’s a little bit imagineer, a little bit tinkerer, a little bit artist, a little bit academic and a lot bit magician?”
All five Retrospective programs will be available to view on-demand throughout the virtual Festival.
Read more about the featured artists and their films here.