Family Programming at OIAF  

The festival will be offering two free Teletoon kids animation workshops hosted at the Canada & World Pavilion on September 25. This free event, designed for kids aged 10-15, will give aspiring animators the opportunity to make their own cartoons by drawing directly on film. Pre-register for a 10am or a 2pm session by calling 232-8769.

Family day at the Museum of Civilization and the Canadian Children's Museum is a great, inexpensive way for kids of all ages to experience the festival. On Sunday, September 26, the Museum will be featuring a Kids Film Showcase at 11am, a look at the work of NFB legend Co Hoedeman at 1pm and the charming French language feature La prophétie des grenouille (English subtitles) at 3pm. The Children's Museum will be featuring a special animation craft for kids. When you purchase a Sunday half-price admission to the Museum you can also get into any on site OIAF screening for half-price.

The National Arts Centre will also be screening some great films for kids, including the remarkable computer animated Pinocchio 3000 on Friday, September 24th. On Saturday, September 25th, kids can sit in the Southam hall with the festival's jury and see Competition 4 - Animation for Children at 11am.

75 Years of Popeye is a great chance to introduce the kids to classic cartoons. The Popeye presentation will screen at the National Gallery of Canada on Friday, September 24 at 9pm and on Sunday, September 26, 11 am at the NAC.

Older kids and anime fans will not want to miss the festival's major retrospective on the work of Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki. A great chance to see his feature films on the big screen, including the rarely seen Nauicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Please note that some films will be English subtitled.

If your teen is interested in working as an animator, the OIAF will be hosting a free day-long event - CAREER DAY - at the Arts Court Buildings on Thursday, September 23. Animation schools from across Canada will be giving presentations. As well, there will be free screenings and a live animation demonstration.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest festival of its kind in North America and one of the most respected animation festivals in the world. Bringing art and industry together, the festival attracts production executives, artists, students and animation fans from across Canada and around the world. The OIAF will be held September 22-26 in Ottawa. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 and seniors. For further information regarding the festival, please visit our website at or call 613-232-8769.