Ottawa International Animation Festival


The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, workshops, and entertainment since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub, attracting artists, producers, students, and animation fans from around the world.

From September 25 – 29, the OIAF will transform the ByTowne Cinema, Arts Court, Club SAW, Strathcona Park, the National Arts Centre, Château Laurier, and the Ottawa Art Gallery into the epicentre of animation. Sample a few events like the variety of films in short competitions, hands-on animation workshops at All Ages @ OIAF, Animation Exposé for behind-the-scenes insights, and parties aplenty or indulge in them all at OIAF 2024!

OIAF 2024 Poster


Statement from the Artist

“When I was a kid, I loved playing video games. I remember the Nintendo games of the 1990s, specifically two very popular games: Donkey Kong and Snow Bros.

On the poster for the 2024 Ottawa International Animation Festival, the owl standing at the top of the poster replaces Donkey Kong. A young girl (possibly a filmmaker) must travel across the city to catch the owl, having many amazing experiences along the way.

The cinema theatre will be the end of her journey, so take a seat on a comfortable couch and wait for the show.”

Lei Lei

2024 OIAF poster by Lei Lei
Photo of filmmaker Lei Lei

Lei Lei

2024 Poster Artist

Born in 1985 in Nanchang, Lei Lei graduated from Tsinghua University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Animation. Since then, he has worked as an independent filmmaker and experimental animation artist. His works include short animation films THIS IS LOVE (Best Narrative Short Award at Ottawa International Film Festival in 2010), RECYCLED (selected at Annecy Film Festival, Grand Prix of Shorts & Non-Narrative Films at Holland International Animation Film Festival), and many others, which have been selected in numerous international festivals and exhibited in museums.

Since 2017, Lei has spent most of his time in Los Angeles, where he is a full-time faculty member at the department of Experimental Animation, CalArts.

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