1) How frequent is the Ottawa International Animation Festival? 
2) Is there still a biennial Ottawa International Student Animation Festival? 
3) Can students who made films after SAFO 03 submit for OIAF 05? 
4) What is the deadline for entries to the 2005 Festival? 
5) How can I get an entry form? 
6) Is there an entry fee? 
7) What costs am I responsible for? 
8) What format is acceptable for submission? 
9) Can I submit more than one film on one tape or disc? 
10) a. What are the categories for OIAF 05? 
10) b. How do I submit to the Best School Showreel category?
11) Can I submit a film to more than one category? 
12) How do I properly label the films in order to avoid custom delays? 
13) What other information do you need to complete the submission process? 
14) Can films be screened at other festivals prior to screening at OIAF? 
15) Do you return the preview tapes? 
16) How will I know you received my online entry form? 
17) How will I know you received my film? 
18) When are the films selected?
19) How will I know if my film has been selected? 
20) What if my film has been selected and I need a visa to enter Canada? 
21) Who is given a free pass? 
22) Where can I find out about hotel accommodations?
23) When is the schedule of events published?
24) Are the films shown at only one venue during the Festival? 25) Under what circumstance can my film be rejected immediately? Any further questions, please email oiafentries@magma.ca and we will add them to the f.a.q.

1) How frequent is the Ottawa International Animation Festival?
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is held in September or October each year.

2) Is there still a biennial Ottawa International Student Animation Festival?
No, the Ottawa International Student Animation Festival (SAFO) has now been incorporated into OIAF.

3) Can students who made films after SAFO 03 submit for OIAF 05?
For OIAF 05 only, we will accept student films made after July 2, 2003 for the Elementary / Secondary Film, Undergraduate Film, and Graduate Film categories only.

4) What is the deadline for entries to the 2005 Festival?
The deadline for submitting an entry form is June 1, 2005. The deadline for receiving a preview copy of the film is June 18, 2005. Films must arrive at our offices by that date otherwise they will be disqualified.

5) How can I get an entry form?
The Entry form will be available online and can either be filled out online or printed and faxed or mailed to our office.
Note: EACH ENTRY NEEDS TO BE ENTERED SEPARATELY

6) Is there an entry fee?
No, entry to the Festival is free.

7) What costs am I responsible for?
However, filmmakers are responsible for all cost related to shipping the preview tape to the festival. THE FESTIVAL CANNOT COVER CUSTOMS FEES. If the film is selected, the filmmaker is responsible in providing a proper screening copy of the film and all costs related to shipping the print to the festival. THE FESTIVAL CANNOT PAY FOR A BETACAM PAL TO BETACAM NTSC TRANSFER. The festival will cover the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker after the festival. However, due to costs the print will be sent back regular post.

8) What format is acceptable for submission?
Please send either DVD or VHS in either NTSC, PAL, or SECAM. New Media films can also be submitted on cd-rom or weblink in either Flash, Quicktiime, or AVI format.

9) Can I submit more than one film on one tape or disc?
Yes, but please label the tape clearly with each of the films labeled with their title and director and in the correct order on the tape.

10) What are the categories for OIAF 05?

A - Feature Film
Animated Feature Film
- any animated film longer than 35 min.

B - School Competition
Best School Showreel
- each selected school will present a 40 min. program highlighting work from their prospective school from the past two years. The winner will be selected by the International Jury.

C - New Media Competition
Animation Short Made for the Internet
Internet Series
Interactive Animation
Machinima

D - Independent Short Films Competition
Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Experimental / Abstract Film under 35 minutes
First Professional Film

E - Student Films Comeptition
Elementary / Secondary Film
Undergraduate Film
Graduate Film

F - Commissioned Films Competition
Educational, Scientific or Industrial Film
Promotional Film
- includes tv commercials, ids, title sequences, etc.
Music Video
Television Special
Television Series for Adults (only one episode can be entered)

G - Films/Videos Made for Children
Short Film Made for Children
Television Series for Children (only one episode can be entered)

10) b. How do I submit to the Best School Showreel category?
Each school reel entrant should submit a tape or dvd that includes 40 minutes of their best films from July 2003-June 2005. Please include FULL versions of each film. No excerpts. It is the duty of the entrant to select the films.

11) Can I submit a film to more than one category?
No, you can enter the film into only ONE category, however the Artistic Director has the right to move the entry to a more appropriate category.

12) How do I properly label the film so that they are not delayed by customs?
a) on outside of envelope write: FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY NO COMMERCIAL VALUE
b) do not list a value higher than $10 CAN otherwise the package maybe charged custom fees. Due to the large amount of entries we receive, WE CANNOT PAY THE CUSTOM FEES.
c) return address MUST include full address including postal code (zip code) of sender.
d) OIAF Address. Print clearly:
Ottawa International Animation Festival
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2
Canada

13) What other information do you need to complete the submission process?
Along with a preview copy of the film and a completed entry form, we request a director’s biography (100 words or less, preferably in electronic format), director’s photograph (300 dpi) and 3 high-resolution stills from the film (300 dpi) in either .tiff or.jpeg format. Images and biographies can be emailed to oiafentries@magma.ca.

14) Can films be screened at other festivals prior to screening at OIAF?
Yes, however please notify us, if the film is selected, and whether or not it will be a World, North American, or Canadian premiere.

15) Do you return the preview tapes?
Unfortunately, due to the large number of entries we receive we are unable to return preview tapes. Please do not send the original master copies.

16) How will I know you received my online entry form?
You will receive an email acknowledging that your online entry form has been received.

17) How will I know you received my film?
You will receive an email acknowledging that your film has been received.

18) When are the films selected?
Final decisions are made and announced on our website by the end of July 2005.

IF MY FILM HAS BEEN SELECTED :

19) How will I know if my film has been selected?
You will receive notification by email, fax and mail by the end of July 2005.

20) What if my film has been selected and I need a visa to enter Canada?
Should you come from a country for which Canada requires a letter, you will need to inform us. The Festival will write a letter of invitation to you and then a copy of that letter, plus a formal letter will be sent (via fax, email and letter mail) to the Canadian Consulate/Embassy in your jurisdiction.

21) Who is given a free pass?
A free pass is given ONLY to the director or co-director of films being shown ONLY in the Competition and Showcase categories.

22) Where can I find out about hotel accommodations?
The festival provides free hotel accommodations for directors whose film have been selected for competition.

For others planning to attend, contact information for downtown hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and youth hostels will be listed on our website. Visitors can make their own reservations.

23) When is the schedule of events published?
Keep checking our website! www.animationfestival.ca

24) Are the films shown at only one venue during the Festival?
No. Films in Competition and Showcase, are shown in a variety of venues in downtown Ottawa including the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Arts Court, and Bytowne Cinema.

25) Under what circumstance can my film be rejected immediately?

Elvis references of any kind.
The use of any of the following musical pieces:
Also Sprach Zarathustra- Richard Strauss (more commonly called the Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
The Blue Danube- J. Strauss
William Tell Overture- Rossini (that includes either the "Lone Ranger" or "Sunrise" segments)

These references have been overused to the point where they cannot even work in a satirical/parodic manner.