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The Deadline Approaches: Submit Now to OIAF 2022 Pitch THIS!

There are only 3 days left for Canadian creators to submit original animated series content to Mercury Filmworks’ annual pitching competition returning in-person to the festival’s TAC business conference, running September 21 – 23; entries must be received by June 30.

Calling all Canadian creators – there are three days left to submit your original animated series concept to Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) and Ottawa-based animation studio Mercury Filmworks’ “Pitch THIS!” The annual competition returns in person to The Animation Conference (TAC) running September 21 – 23. The Ottawa International Animation Festival runs September 21 – 25. The submission deadline is June 30.

The competition provides Canadian creators a unique opportunity to refine their craft and reach an audience of peers, studio executives, and potential buyers. 

Up to 10 submissions will be selected for the semi-finals, and creators will be paired with established industry mentors to fine-tune their 10-minute pitch presentation for September 21.

Previous Mentors from 2021:

  • Casey Gonzalez, Director of Development at Fred Films - formerly at Frederator, Crunchyroll
  • Heather Kenyon, Executive Producer, Partner at Citizen Skull - formerly at Cartoon Network
  • Curtis Lelash, Producer & Creative Executive - formerly at Netflix, Cartoon Network
  • Chantal Ling, Vice President, Original Series & Co-Productions at Mercury Filmworks
  • Annie Liu, Manager, Animation Series at Netflix

The winner will be awarded a grand prize including:

  • $5,000 cash prize from Mercury Filmworks
  • Toon Boom Harmony Premium Annual license and online training
  • $1,000 in legal services from Edwards Creative Law
  • Two TAC Animapasses to OIAF 2023 

The runner-up will also receive a free 1-hour consultation with Edwards Creative Law.

Click here, before it’s too late! 

Source: OIAF

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.