MESSAGE FROM THE HONORARY
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.
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.