The aim of the festival is to foster the development and growth of animation talent found within our country and region. Our animators and animation companies are among the most creative and successful in the world. The Ottawa festival helps them achieve both artistic excellence and commercial success.

We also seek to provide a means of inter-linking the regional, national, and international animation communities. The festival exists in part to provide an artistic and commercial forum wherein aesthetic and artistic excellence, as well as commercial expertise, can be shared and exchanged among these various communities.

Furthermore, we want to foster a greater appreciation of the art and craft of animation among the public at large. One of the most respected and venerable of the moving image arts, animation makes an unique contribution to both popular and ‘high' culture. Our role is to create a greater awareness of, and appreciation for, this contribution among members of the public.