North America's largest and oldest animation festival, hot off the heels
of its most successful festival ever, Ottawa 96, and the critically
acclaimed, SAFO 97, returns this fall from September 29-October 4 at
the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In addition to the Official Competition,
Ottawa 98 will once again offer Retrospective programmes, Professional
and Creative development workshops and panels, the Animarket Trade Fair,
and the World famous, Animator's Picnic.
SELECTION WEEK PRODUCES MORE THAN COMPETITION FILMS
Festival Director, Chris Robinson, and his wife, Kelly Neall are pleased
to announce the birth of their first child, Jarvis Robinson Neall. Jarvis
was born on July 2, 1998 at 8:30am. He weighed in at 7lbs, 12 ounces.
Later that day, the Ottawa 98 Selection Committee (Tom Knott, Edwin
Carels, Christine Panushka, Alexei Karaev) arrived in Ottawa to judge,
over a ten day period, the more than 1200 entries (a new festival record)
submitted this year.
OTTAWA INVADED BY ANTZ!
The 1998 Ottawa International Animation Festival will open with the Dreamworks/Pacific
Data Images film, ANTZ, one of the most anticipated computer animated
features of the decade. "We are absolutely thrilled to open the festival
with such an anticipated feature from our friends at Dreamworks and Pacific
Data Images," comments OIAF Executive Director, Chris Robinson. "ANTZ
has generated a lot of buzz in the animation world, and should provide
a spectacular start to what is already an incredible festival line-up."
ANTZ features the voice-talent of Woody Allen in the starring role of
"Z", the slightly over-talkative, hyper hero, pulled down by the drudgery
of colony life. "Z" reluctantly leads the colony to revolt after overcoming
his individual struggle for independence. Other celebrity voice-talents
include: Sharon Stone as the love interest, "Princess Bala", Dan Aykroyd,
Danny Glover, Jennifer Lopez, and Sylvestor Stallone, and Christopher
Walken, among others. The opening night of Ottawa 98 will be held in the
2000 seat Opera of the National Arts Centre. The evening will begin with
the official opening ceremonies featuring a host of dignitaries and VIP's,
followed by the screening of ANTZ.
OTTAWA WITHDRAWS FROM ASIFA-INTERNATIONAL
On April 15, 1998, the Ottawa International
Animation Festival withdrew from the International Animation Association
(ASIFA). Festival organizers opted to end the twenty-two year relationship
so that more attention and energy can be given to forging a closer and
more active relationship with the national chapter, ASIFA-Canada. The
Festival will continue to offer ASIFA-International members a discount
on festival passes.
ANIMARKET SPACES GOING FAST
If you are considering participating in the 1998 Animarket at Ottawa 98,
you may want to hasten your decision pace as spaces are going at a record
pace. As of March 12, participation has been already been confirmed by
Nelvana, Pixar, Chromacolour, Toon Boom Technologies, Teletoon, Walt Disney
Television Animation, Dynomight Cartoons, and the Ontario Film Development
Corporation (who have purchased two booths which will then be used to promote
emerging Ontario-based animation companies). For more information on the
Ottawa 98 Animarket, call the festival office or visit the Animarket page
on this site.
Oscar Winners Honored at Ottawa 98
The Festival is pleased to announce that the 1998
Honorary Presidents will be Dr. Marceli Wein
and Nestor Burtnyk.
The two recently retired Ottawa based researchers had a huge impact on
computer animation through their key frame technology and their collaborations
with the National Film Board of Canada on films like the Oscar nominated
HUNGER (Peter Fouldes, 1974). Their work on HUNGER not initiated interest
in computer animation but also inspired many of our most prominent 3D animators.
In 1997, Wein and Burtnyk were awarded an Academy Award for Technical Achievement.
Drs. Wein and Burtnyk will be in attendance at Ottawa 98 and will introduce
a special screening entitled Computer Pioneers, examining the pioneerings
efforts of Wein, Burtnyk and many others over the years.
More Screens Than Ever Before at Ottawa 98
The festival has just confirmed an arrangement with Cineplex Odeon's World
Exchange Cinema that will result in thirty additional screenings over the
six day festival. While the National Arts Centre will remain the home of
the festival, the new arrangement with Cineplex Odeon will enable the festival
to repeat its more popular screenings (eg. Official Competition), while
increasing its acclaimed retrospective and tribute programmes.
Opening Night Gala
We have added an extra day to the Festival to include an Opening Night
Gala featuring the World Premiere of a new animated Feature. The screening,
which will also include Ottawa 98 opening ceremonies, will take place in
the National Arts Centre's 2000 seat opera.
New Competition Structure
The Official Competition has been divided in two: Independent Short
Works Competition will offer two categories: Independent Short
Works (under 30 minutes) and First/Student Works; the Commissioned Films
Competition will include categories for: Educational Films; Music Videos,
Commercials, Identifications, Tv Specials, and Tv Series. A Grand Prize
will be awarded for each competition.
Interactive Animation Category
An increase in quality and quanity of animation work being produced for
video games and cd-roms has persuaded OIAF organizers to introduce a category
for Interactive Animations and specifically video game animation.
New Canadian Animation
In an effort to stimulate and encourage independent animation production
in Canada, Ottawa 98 will introduce the first ever New Canadian Animation
programme which will remain a permanent fixture at all Ottawa Festivals.
How to become a friend of the Festival and pre-Selection Committee.
In 1996, we made every effort to make the rules and regulations more reader
friendly, but alas, we still get the sense that no one reads them, so in
their place we offer the highlights of the guidelines.
1) Label your entry clearly and legibly
2) Cue your tape.
3) Use your head and heart when insuring your work: While
we gladly cover customs expenses, please try and be more reasonable when
determining insurance and customs values (eg. $200 is a little too much
for a vhs cassette).
4) Your photo is a request not a demand.
5) There is NO ENTRY FEE. However you are responsible
for shipping costs.
5) Please make sure that you are submitting an entry in an acceptable
film or video format.
6) PLEASE READ THE ENTRY FORM CLEARLY. IT IS FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION.
IT WILL SAVE BOTH YOU AND THE FESTIVAL TIME AND MONEY.
Tenatively include: Before and After: 40 years of Estonian Animation;
Computer Pioneers; Animation from The Netherlands; Warner Bros.
Legend, Frank Tashlin; Canadian-born Bugs Bunny designer, Charles Thorson;
the first-ever retrospectives of Stefan Schabenbeck (Poland) and Alexei
Karaev (Russia); the Norman McLaren Heritage Award Winner; UPA; In the
Margins: Canadian Animation outside of the NFB
The deadline for entries and receipt of your film/video is July 1, 1998.
This deadline is final. The Selection Committee will meet from July
3-13 to adjudicate the entries. Alexander Tatarsky (Russia), Edwin Carels
(Belgium), Christine Panushka (USA), Adam Shaheen (Canada) have been invited
to serve as Selection Committee members.