The Ottawa International Animation Festival is North America’s oldest and largest animation festival, featuring the world’s most quirky, provocative and inspiring animation.
Learn more about the 2021 poster by Amanda Bonaiuto + Angela Stempel.
2021 submission info below
Our new submission system is now ready for you! Head over to Eventival to create a login, if you don’t already have one, and click on the ‘Enter Submissions’ button to learn more about the 2021 competition and to enter your film.
If you have any questions, please email us.
Animated Feature: An animated film over 45 minutes in length.
Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Suggested maximum length of 30 minutes.
Films made by students who are either currently enrolled in a high school, post-secondary or graduate diploma or degree or were so enrolled during the films’ production.
Works that are funded and produced for specific commercial or promotional purposes.
Including but not limited to commercials, title sequences, station/program identification spots, music videos, and trailers.
Independent or commissioned films that are produced and distributed specifically for young audiences aged 0-12. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes and under.
PRESCHOOL: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences aged 0-5.
AGES 6-12: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences aged 6-12.
Immersive works that are created for the Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive/Vive Pro, or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality platforms.
IMMERSIVE WORKS: Independent and commissioned projects including but not limited to narrative short experiences, installations, time-based works, interactive works, and non-linear narrative or non-narrative experiences. If applicable, please note only one episode in any series is eligible and all submissions are limited to an experience length of 20 minutes and under.
Works that are creates as part of an animated series for television, streaming, or the web and are not intended for children. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes or less.
Animation festivals are all about inspiration, conversation and catching up with new and old friendships. They're an opportunity for our bodies to finally detach from the nest we call our "work stations" where we can dance and come together in celebration of everyone's films. We revel in the creativity of our animation community. It's our support system and creative lifeline always, but especially in these bizarre times.
For both of us, OIAF was the first festival where we experienced that international community, back in 2009, over a decade ago! It was just magic. (Pardon our nostalgic lenses of whimsy, we've been trapped in our rooms for days and are almost certainly dehydrated). Our poster is a literal reflection of that joy, and the creative loop of collaboration that comes from it. To design it, we each brought our characters and our worlds to the page, drawing and sharing our work back and forth until it was finished. This poster was created as an ode to friendship and community.
Amanda + Angela
Angela Stempel is a Venezuelan-American artist, animator and film director, born in California and raised in Caracas. Her work is inspired by obsessive people watching, adventurous color palettes and the tantalizing possibilities of abstraction. Her narrative and experimental animated films have been presented at several international film festivals including Animafest Zagreb, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Pictoplasma Berlin, among others. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her pet fruit trees.
Amanda Bonaiuto is a freelance animation director, artist, and educator currently living and working in New York. She is best known for her short films and commissioned pieces which have screened at film festivals and galleries worldwide. She's inspired by humor, tilted realities, and observing the natural world. She received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2012 and an MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts in 2018. She is currently part time faculty at The New School and makes films and commissions in her studio.
This year’s festival will be here sooner than you think. Submissions for this year’s festival are being accepted between March 15 and May 31st. Check back here for speaker, workshop, and panel announcements — they’re just around the corner. If you have any questions for us, let us know.
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