The OIAF appoints an honorary president each year to acknowledge those who have contributed an outstanding amount of time and energy to the Festival over the years. The OIAF is proud to announce that our honorary president for the 2005 Festival is Linda Simensky, Senior Director of Programming at PBS KIDS and longtime supporter of the Festival.

Linda Simensky, Senior Director of Children's Programming for PBS, manages the award-winning PBS KIDS programming block, working with producers, co-production partners and distributors throughout development, production, post-production and broadcast.

Simensky began her career with a nine-year tenure at Nickelodeon, where she helped build their animation department and launched such popular series as Rugrats, Doug, and The Ren & Stimpy Show. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw the development
and series production of The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy, and other major projects.

Past-president of ASIFA-East, and the founder of New York chapter of Women in Animation, Simensky has lectured at numerous colleges and animation festivals, and has taught courses in animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written for numerous animation publications, with an essay appearing in the recently-published "Nickelodeon Nation." Ms. Simensky holds a BA in Communications & History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Media Ecology from New York University.