About Best of Ottawa

Each year, The Ottawa International Animation Festival curates a selection of short films, both award winners and audience favorites, for our Best of Ottawa Program. The Best of Ottawa Program highlights achievements in the art of animation and represents the myriad of styles, techniques, and perspectives that animation is uniquely capable of realizing. 

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Best of Ottawa 2023 Program


Title Duration
OIAF 2023 Signal Film 00:45
A Crab in the Pool (Un trou dans la poitrine) 12:00
Families’ Albums (Albums de familles) 09:00
Herzog’s Chicken 01:00
Box Cutters 09:00
14th Anibar Animation Festival Trailer ‘Love’  01:00
Cyclepaths  13:00
Eeva 16:00
Miserable Miracle (Misérable Miracle) 09:00
Living The Dream 02:00
TOTAL 01:08:28

 OIAF 2023 Signal Film

Matthew Rankin

00:45, Canada

Rankin’s Signal Film is comprised of bits of Hinterland Who’s Who printed onto transparent vellum stickers and glued frame by frame onto 35mm clear leader, followed by hand-painting with translucent coloured inks. Once scanned, this material was integrated with construction paper cut-outs. Sacha Ratcliffe’s equally elaborate soundtrack samples “Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City” (1938).

A Crab in the Pool (Un trou dans la poitrine)

Alexandra Myotte, Jean-Sébastien Hamel

12:00, Canada

DGC Award for Best Canadian Animation

In a run-down neighbourhood, Zoe and her little brother Theo are left to fend for themselves.

Families’ Albums (Albums de familles)

Moïa Jobin-Paré

08:00, Canada

Best Non-Narrative Short Animation

Family photos come back to life.

Herzog’s Chicken

Lukas Conway

00:55, Canada

Chickens are idiots.

Box Cutters

Naomi  van Niekerk  

08:00, France, Netherlands, South Africa

Craft Award for Best Script


A young woman recalls a day when she was attacked by three men on her way home.

14th Anibar Animation Festival Trailer ‘Love’

Sander Joon

00:57, Estonia, Kosovo

Best Commissioned Animation


Butterflies, frogs, and flies celebrate love in all its colors in the trailer of 14th Anibar Animation Festival in Kosovo.


Anton Cla

12:00, Belgium

Bento Box Award for Best Student Animation


An old woman is carrying shopping bags. A child with a gun is riding a scooter. Birds are flying​.


Morten Tšinakov, Lucija Mrzljak

16:08, Estonia, Croatia

Craft Award for Best Sound Design 


A sad day in Eva’s life…

Miserable Miracle (Misérable Miracle) 

Ryo Orikasa

08:00, Canada, France, Japan

Grand Prize for Short Animation


Poems map the human psyche to the very edges of alienation and transcendence.

Living The Dream 

Ben Meinhardt

01:00, Canada


An indefatigable citizen pursues his ambitions and dreams in the face of modern society.

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