OIAF 2022


About the Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub. This year the event is taking place in Ottawa from September 21-25, 2022.

2022 Honourary President

Amy Kravitz

2022 Honourary President

We are pleased to welcome Amy Kravitz as this year’s Honourary President. A longtime champion and supporter of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), Kravitz is known for her influential work as both an inspired teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and for her small but poetically potent body of work.

Kravitz started making animated films when she was eleven, later studying Social Anthropology at Harvard University (AB) and then Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Her award-winning films (River Lethe, The Trap, and Roost) have been screened around the world. Kravitz’s animation is a quiet testimony to the intimate collaboration between viewer and maker that takes place between each drawing. 

A retrospective of Kravitz’s animated works, including her latest film, will be presented this September at OIAF. Following the screening, Kravitz will participate in a talk and live Q&A session with the audience.

Meet the 2022 Jury!

Our 2022 Short Film and Feature Film Competition jury members are…

Hugo Covarrubias​

Hugo Covarrubias is a Chilean-born Director and Stop Motion animator. Founder of the theatre company and studio Maleza, pioneers in mixing theatre with animation, where he co-directs the plays “Maleza” and “Un Poco Invisible”. Director of the short films The Feathers Pillow and The Night Face Up. With Zumbástico Studios, he has directed the series The Ogre and the Chicken, “Horacio y los Plasticines”, and is co-creator and director of the series Paper Port. In June 2021 he premiered in Annecy his third short film Bestia where he received the Festivals Connexion Award, as well as first places in Chilemonos, Stoptrik Slovenia, Imaginaria Italia, FIC Guadalajara, BIAF Bucheon South Korea, Interfilm Berlin, Pöff shorts Estonia, among others.


Hugo Covarrubias est un réalisateur et animateur de cinéma image par image. Covarrubias est fondateur de la compagnie de théâtre et studio Maleza, des pionniers dans l’art de mélanger le théâtre à l’animation, où il coréalise les pièces Maleza et Un Poco Invisible. Il est le réalisateur des courts métrages The Feathers Pillow et The Night Face Up. Avec Zumbástico Studios, il a réalisé la série The Ogre and the Chicken, « Horacio y los Plasticines », et est le cocréateur de la série Paper Port. En juin 2021, son troisième court métrage, Bestia, a été lancé à Annecy, où il a reçu le prix Festivals Connexion ainsi que des premières places aux festivals suivants : Chilemonos, Stoptrik en Slovénie, Imaginaria Italia, FIC Guadalajara, BIAF Bucheon en Corée du Sud, Interfilm Berlin, Pöff Shorts Estonie, entre autres.

Terril Calder

Terril Calder is a Métis multidisciplinary artist whose current practise is focused on stop-motion projects, which she writes, directs, crafts and animates. Her films have been presented at TIFF, Sundance, Rotterdam, the Berlinale and imagineNATIVE. The Winnipeg Film Group and the Ottawa International Animation Festival presented retrospectives of her work in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Her films Choke (2011), Snip (2016) and Meneath (2021) were selected for TIFF’s annual list of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts. 


Terril Calder est une artiste multidisciplinaire métisse dont la pratique porte sur les projets d’animation image par image. Elle en rédige les scripts, les réalise, en fabrique le matériel et les anime. Ses films ont été présentés au TIFF, au Sundance, au festival de Rotterdam, au Berlinale et au imagineNATIVE. Le Winnipeg Film Group et le Festival international d’animation d’Ottawa ont présenté une rétrospective de son travail en 2019 et en 2020, respectivement. Ses films Choke (2011), Snip (2016) et Meneath (2021) ont été sélectionnés pour la liste annuelle du TIFF des dix meilleurs courts métrages canadiens. 

Marc Bertrand

Marc Bertrand joined the NFB’s French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998. Since then, he has earned credits on more than 100 films, many of them award winners. He has worked with Theodore Ushev for many years, producing some of the filmmaker’s most important works, including Blind Vaysha (2016), which earned an Oscar® nomination in 2017, and The Physics of Sorrow (2019), the Cristal Award winner for best short film at Annecy in 2020. Bertrand also produced Patrick Doyon’s Oscar®-nominated short Sunday (2011). Over the years, he has worked with both emerging and veteran directors, including Jacques Drouin, Georges Schwizgebel, Diane Obomsawin, Andreas Hykade, Michelle and Uri Kranot, and Janice Nadeau.


Marc Bertrand s’est joint au Studio d’animation du Programme français de l’Office national du film (ONF) en tant que producteur en 1998. Depuis, son nom est apparu sur le générique de plus de 100 films, dont beaucoup ont reçu des prix. Bertrand a travaillé avec Theodore Ushev pendant plusieurs années, à réaliser certaines des œuvres les plus importantes du cinéaste, dont Blind Vaysha (2016), qui s’est mérité une nomination aux Oscars® en 2017, et The Physics of Sorrow (2019), récipiendaire du prix Cristal du court métrage à Annecy en 2020. Bertrand a aussi réalisé Sunday (2011), le court métrage nominé aux Oscars® de Patrick Doyon. Au fil des années, il a travaillé tant avec des réalisateurs émergents, que vétérans. Parmi ceux-ci, on compte Jacques Drouin, Georges Schwizgebel, Diane Obomsawin, Andreas Hykade, Michelle et Uri Kranot, et Janice Nadeau.

Jonni Phillips

Jonni Phillips is a filmmaker from California. Her work includes The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensia, Goodbye Forever Party, Secrets and Lies in a Town of Sinners, Rachel and her Grandfather Control the Island, among others. In 2021, Jonni independently produced and released a 90 min animated feature film, Barber Westchester.


Jonni Phillips est une cinéaste de Californie. Ses œuvres comprennent The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensia, Goodbye Forever Party, Secrets and Lies in a Town of Sinners, Rachel and her Grandfather Control the Island, entre autres. En 2021, Jonni a réalisé et lance de façon indépendante un long métrage animé de 90 minutes, Barber Westchester.

Marko Tadic

Marko Tadic studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. His artistic practice focuses on drawing, installation and animation. He has won numerous art prizes. His films have been shown at many international animation and experimental film festivals. His works have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. In 2017, he represented Croatia at the 57th Venice Biennale, along with Tina Gverovic. He works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia.  His most recent film, Events Meant to be Forgotten (2020) screened at OIAF 21.


Marko Tadic a étudié la peinture à l’Académie des beaux-arts de Florence. Sa pratique artistique se compose du dessin, de l’installation et de l’animation. Il a remporté plusieurs prix d’art. Ses films ont été présentés à de nombreux festivals internationaux d’animation et festivals du film expérimental. Ses œuvres ont été exposées à plusieurs expositions solo et en groupe autour du globe. En 2017, il a représenté la Croatie lors du 57e Biennale de Venise, aux côtés de Tina Gverovic. Il travaille à l’Académie des beaux-arts à Zagreb, en Croatie. Son film le plus récent, Events Meant to be Forgotten (2020) a été projeté lors du OIAF 2021.

Pilar Newton-Katz

Pilar Newton-Katz received her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design and went on to get her start working on The Cartoon Network’s Courage the Cowardly Dog, and on MTV’s Daria. She has since contributed work to companies such as Nickelodeon, Homer Learning and Sirius Thinking, among others. She teaches animation at City College of New York and School of Visual Arts. She has recently received her MFA in Visual Narrative from the School of Visual Arts. Pilar, along with her animation company Pilartoons, LLC is based in Brooklyn, NY.


Pilar Newton-Katz a reçu obtenu son baccalauréat en beaux-arts de la Rhode Island School of Design et a fait ses débuts en travaillant pour l’émission Courage the Cowardly Dog du Cartoon Network, et pour Daria, de MTV. Elle a depuis collaboré avec des compagnies comme Nickelodeon, Homer Learning et Sirius Thinking, parmi d’autres. Elle enseigne l’animation au City College et à l’École d’arts visuels de New York. Elle a récemment reçu sa maîtrise en beaux-arts en narration visuelle de l’École d’arts visuels. Pilar ainsi que sa compagnie d’animation, Pilartoons (SARL), sont établies à Brooklyn, N.Y.

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