The OIAF 05 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, 25th at 7:00 pm 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.

Paul Bush (UK)

Bush is one of the U.K.’s most innovative directors whose films challenge the boundaries that separate fiction, documentary and animation. His background in Fine Art has influenced his work and this is reflected in its inclusion in art collections and exhibitions as well as cinema distribution and television broadcasts around the world. Bush’s work ranges from the acclaimed adaptation of Samuel Coleridge's poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The Albatross (1998) to the playfully perverse and controversial, Busby Berkeley’s Tribute to Mae West (2002). During the 90's his work was commissioned by all the major broadcasters, won numerous awards and has been shown in cinemas, exhibitions and television all round the world. Bush currently has a NESTA fellowship and is developing feature length films. A retrospective of his work will be shown at this year’s Festival.
Michèle Cournoyer (Canada)

Michèle Cournoyer is an internationally renowned animator and one of the National Film Board’s leading filmmakers. Born in 1943 in Saint Joseph de Sorel, Quebec, Cournoyer studied graphic arts, photography and animation in England and Italy. She then worked as a set designer, art director, costume designer and screenwriter on a number of groundbreaking Quebec films of the 1970s. Cournoyer’s animated work uses a variety of techniques within highly original hybrid works that are full of humour and charm. Her pioneering animated films The Hat (1999), Une artiste (1994) and La Basse-cour (1992) have won numerous awards at major festivals world-wide. Her most recent film, Accordion (2004) has screened at numerous film festivals including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Dudok de Wit (The Netherlands)
Michael Dudok de Wit was born (1953) and educated in Holland. After school he studied etching in Geneva, and animation at Farnham, England, where he made his first film The Interview. Having freelanced for a year in Barcelona Michael is now in London where he has directed and animated many award-winning commercials for television and cinema with different production companies, particularly with Richard Purdum Productions. In 1992 he created his short film Tom Sweep, followed by The Monk and the Fish which was produced in the south of France with the studio Folimage and awarded numerous international prizes including a César and the Cartoon d'Or. His most recent film, Father and Daughter (2000), has also won many prizes including an Oscar and Best Independent Short at OIAF 00. Michael also illustrates books and teaches animation at art colleges in England and abroad.
Jerry Beck (USA)

Recognized as one of the leading animation historians in the world, Beck has authored or co-authored many landmark books on animation including Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, I Tawt I Taw A Putty Tat, Warner Bros. Animation Art, Outlaw Animation: Cutting-Edge Cartoons from the Spike & Mike Festivals, Beck has also had a career in film and video distribution (The International Tournee of Animation, Streamline Pictures), teaching (UCLA, AFI, NYU), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood. He recently produced The Looney Tunes Golden Collection on DVD for Warner Bros. In conjunction with his new book Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide, Beck will be curating the Pink Panther tribute, In the Pink, at this year’s Festival.

Gail Noonan (Canada)
Originally from Eastern Canada, Gail Noonan made a slow westward migration to Mayne Island on the west coast. After a compressed two years of study at the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, Noonan moved into the world of film animation. Award-winning Noonan of Cartoonan Films is now one of Canada’s most acclaimed independent animators. She combines her interest in drawing with music, sound and storytelling to create engaging humourous short animations on everything from body image, menopause, and square dancing to lost mittens. Her film The Menopause Song (1996), was featured at Festivals around the world. More Sensitive (2003), her latest work, features hand coloured photographs, cut-outs, plasticine, drawing on paper and cel, and optical effects; this film provided no end of opportunity for experimentation.
Michal Struss (Slovakia)
Born in Handlova, Slovakia in 1976, Michal studied animation at the Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava. In 1999 Struss created the stop-motion short In the Box which received numerous awards at international film festivals. Working free-lance with different studios he has directed and animated many commercials, TV and cinema identification spots, music videos and theatre projections. Recently, Michal co-produced and supervised the stop-motion animation film Nazdravicko. In collaboration with the Embassy of Slovakia, Struss will introduce a special programme highlighting the world of contemporary Slovak animation at this year’s Festival.