The OIAF 04 International Jury will view, along with the audience, all films and videos presented in the Official Competition and select the Festival's Grand Prizes and first prize in each of the categories of the competition.

At its discretion, the International Jury may also award additional special prizes. The Jury has the right to withhold an award where no entry, in its view, meets the standards for recognition. On Sunday, September, 26th at 7:00pm at the National Arts Centre, the Jury will announce the award-winning films. A selection of the Festival's award-winning productions will be screened during this gala evening.

Gary Baseman (USA)

Gary Baseman is the creator and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed animated television show Teacher's Pet. His artwork also mucks up the pages of major publications. Baseman describes his work as "where the line between genius and stupidity has been smudged beyond recognition." His mark appears in magazines and newspapers such as Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, G.Q., Forbes, Blab, Reader's Digest, and The Atlantic Monthly. Even the corporate world has been smeared by Baseman's drawings. The range of international corporate clients include Nike, Gatorade, Celebrity Cruises, Mercedes-Benz, Labatt, Thomas Cook, and Capitol Records. Baseman's images also create the identity of the best-selling game "Cranium." After living in New York for ten years, Baseman has moved back to the city he was born in, Hollywood.

Diane Obomsawin (Canada)
Born in Montreal in 1959, Diane Obomsawin moved to France as a child. She spent the next 20 years there, and began a career in graphic design. After her return to Quebec in 1983, Diane began concentrating on painting, illustration and comic drawing. She became involved in “Peinture en direct” — live painting and performance — in New York City and Montreal, where she now lives. She is well known as a magazine illustrator. In 1991 her work garnered her a Canadian National Magazine Award. After producing four animated films at Concordia University, Diane was asked to direct two films for the National Film Board of Canada's Understanding the Law collection. In 2002, she directed the NFB short Elbow Room and is currently in production on her latest short Pendant De Temps.
Bill Plympton (USA)

Born in Portland, Oregon, Bill Plympton credits Oregon's rainy climate for nurturing his drawing skills and imagination. Moving to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts, Bill made the Big Apple his home. Working as an illustrator and cartoonist for The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Penthouse and Rolling Stone, among others, eventually led to his involvement with the animated film Boomtown. Bill's unique sense of humour and style has garnered him international praise and awards including a 1988 Oscar nomination for Your Face and the Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at Annecy for Mutant Aliens. With a string of successful animated shorts, Plympton decided to jump into the feature film realm with live action films J. Kyle and Guns on the Clackams and animated filmsThe Tune, I Married a Strange Person, and Mutant Aliens. His most recent film, Hair High, was completed earlier this year.

Signe Baumane (Latvia / USA)
Born in Auce, Latvia, Signe graduated from Moscow University in 1989 with a BA in Philosophy. She started work at Dauka Animation Studio in Riga as an animator and cel painter and also designed and directed several animated commercials for local TV. In 1991 she made her debut as scriptwriter, director and artist with a 2 minute animated film, The Witch and the Cow. After making numerous award-winning short films in both Moscow and Riga, she moved to New York in 1995 to work as a production manager, colour stylist and cel painter for Bill Plympton. She currently teaches animation at Pratt Institute and continues to make films, most recently Five Fucking Fables and Woman.
David Fine (Canada)
Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto led David to an early filmmaking career. Shooting 8mm and 16mm films as a teenager led to a Nomination for a Genie award (Canada's Academy Awards) at the young age of 17 for The Only Game in Town. David was also given the opportunity to take part in the NFB's student film program in Montreal where he found inspiration from many notable artists. After moving to England, he studied at the prestigious National Film and Television school with fellow students Nick Park, Mark Baker, and his soon to be partner Alison Snowden. Together they created the adult TV series Bob and Margaret based on their Oscar winning short Bob's Birthday. Their other collaborations include the award winning films George and Rosemary, In and Out, Oscar nominated Second Class Mail and numerous TV ads. They are currently developing projects including, Ricky Sprocket Showbiz Boy and Simon Stimple. After fifteen years living and working in London, they recently moved back to Canada to reside in Vancouver.
Mo Willems (USA)
Six time Emmy-award winning and Caldecott Honor recipient, Mo Willems spent nine years as a script-writer and animator for Sesame Street. With over 100 short films and television half-hours to his credit, Mo's distinctive UPA-inspired animated films have screened in festivals around the world and have been translated into myriad of languages. In addition to having his independent shorts appear on MTV, HBO, IFC, The Tournee of Animation, and Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, Mo is the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City, Nickelodeon's The Off-Beats, and the Suzie Kabloozie shorts on Sesame Street, for which he garnered several ASIFA-East Awards. Nick Jr. Magazine, named Mo the "Best New Talent of the Year" in 2003 for his debut children's books, the Caldecott Honor recipient Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and NAPPA Gold medalist Time to Pee! His new books include The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! (a Publisher's Weekly Book of the Week) and Knuffle Bunny, a Cautionary Tale. His drawings for DC Comics' 9-11 Anthology (vol. 2) resides in the Library of Congress' permanent collection. A former commentator for BBC Radio, Mo currently serves as Head-Writer for Cartoon Network's numbuh one rated series, Codename: Kids Next Door. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. Visit his website at