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The Ottawa International Animation Festival is North America’s oldest and largest animation festival, featuring the world’s most quirky, provocative and inspiring animation.

 

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The Ottawa International
Animation Festival

Online Sept 22-Oct 3, 2021

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.

2021 submissions are now closed! Want to review this year's info? Click here for 2021 categories, rules and FAQs.

If you have any questions, please email us.

2021 SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Calling Canadian creators! Get your idea for the next great animated series noticed at Pitch THIS! 2021. 10 semi-finalists will work with mentors to pitch their project at the online OIAF, for a chance to win prizes including $5,000 courtesy of Mercury Filmworks. 

Pitch THIS!

Pitch THIS!

It’s here! The OIAF 2021 poster has arrived. Learn more about this stunner by Amanda Bonaiuto + Angela Stempel here.

2021 Poster

2021 POSTER

Missing OIAF 2020 or missed it altogether? Head over here to watch a selection of award winners and audience favourites from last year’s Fest. Interested in organizing an online screening for your group? Send us an email.

Best of Ottawa

BEST OF OTTAWA

2021 SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

2021 submissions are now closed! Want to review this year’s info? Click here for 2021 categories, rules and FAQs.

If you have any questions, please email us selections@animationfestival.ca.

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Pitch THIS!

Do you have a great idea for an animated series? Pitch THIS!, presented by Mercury Filmworks, is TAC’s signature opportunity to get your new project noticed! TEN semi-finalists will be selected and paired with industry mentors to fine-tune their pitch and project in time for TAC and the OIAF this coming fall.

For full details including the grand prize listing, click here.

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2021 POSTER

It’s here! The OIAF 2021 poster has arrived. Learn more about this stunner by Amanda Bonaiuto + Angela Stempel here.

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BEST OF OTTAWA

Missing OIAF 2020 or missed it altogether? Head over here to watch a selection of award winners and audience favourites from last year’s Fest. Interested in organizing an online screening for your group? Send us an email.

LEARN MORE

Wear what you watch

Want to show your friends and family just how unhealthy your relationship with animation is?  Check out rare DVDs, books, vintage posters, festival T-shirts and more in the Aniboutique.

2020 OIAF Tote Bag

$10.00

  • Eco-friendly reusable tote bag.
  • Design based on the 2020 OIAF poster art of Christy Karacas.

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Men's 2020 OIAF T-Shirt

$17.70

Commemorate this unique year with a cool and comfy new tee.

  • Gildan – Heavy Cotton™ T-Shirt – 5000.
  • Design based on the 2020 OIAF poster art of Christy Karacas.

*FREE 2020 OIAF Tote Bag with every order!*

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2017 OIAF Poster by Elise Simard

$10.00

Elise is a Montreal-based animator and film director who has contributed visual signatures and handmade special effects for documentary features and animated shorts.

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40 Years of Ottawa: Collected Essays on Award-Winning Animation (epub Version)

$5.00

  • A collection of essays about each of the OIAF Grand Prize winning films since 1976 with links to clips and commentary.

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Helping make it happen

Thanks to our 2020 sponsors!


We’re fortunate to receive support from international industry leaders, national programs and grants, and local businesses and institutions.

Want to support us in 2021? Email our Development Manager, Stephanie Berrington.

 
 

Our festival in their words

"Very impressive!"

Very impressive! All of the industry panels and talks I attended were so informative, kudos to the team that booked that programming. I have been unable to attend OIAF for the past few years because of work and expenses so it was so nice to have the virtual option more in my budget and with so much on demand content.

RENATA DAVIS
Artist

"The best event of its kind"

I think OIAF is the best event of its kind in the industry. Always fiercely independent, it presents the only true cross-section of what’s happening in the animation world.

J.J. SEDELMAIER
J.J. Sedelmaier Productions

"Inspiring, productive..."

OIAF is consistently the festival that gathers the best mix of independent and commercial animators, encouraging us to cross-pollinate in the most inspiring, productive, and fun ways possible.

LYNN DANA WILTON
Animator

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