It is a great honour to be associated with the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Although my association with animated films has been on the technical side I was introduced to animated films through the National Film Board and its creative talent. I came to appreciate the range of emotions that can be elicited by animation, from sadness to joy, to laughter. The Ottawa Festival have always been a showcase for the best.

Marceli Wein

Dr. Marceli Wein had been a Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada for thirty years until his retirement in 1995 where he worked on computer graphics and human-computer interaction. In late sixties and early seventies he worked with Nestor Burtnyk and Ken Pulfer in the development of computer graphics. He worked with Nestor Burtnyk on the computer animation project where Burtnyk developed computer based key frame animation software. This project was the basis for collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada in figurative animation. This work resulted, among others, in the short NFB film Hunger/La Faim by Peter Foldes, the first significant computer animated film that won several international awards in 1974, including a nomination for an Academy Award. In 1997 he was awarded with Nestor Burtnyk a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Marceli Wein is an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department (Computer Graphics Laboratory) at University of Waterloo. A long time ago he received Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University.

It gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all participants of the 1998 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. This forum brings together the world's best animators and film artists for an exposition of their creative talents and achievements and provides a unique opportunity for the audience to experience a week of fantasy, imagination and emotion and pure viewing pleasure. This is without doubt one of the premier festivals of its kind in the world and I feel deeply honoured to be associated with this important cultural event.

Nestor Burtnyk

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