Films & Screenings

2021 Official Competition

This year the Ottawa International Animation Festival received a total of 2528 entries from 104 different countries. Of those, 107 short films, including Animated Series, and 7 feature films were chosen for competition.

In addition, 23 films were selected in the Canadian Student Competition and 48 panorama films were chosen to represent the efforts of the Canadian, international, and student communities.

Where are the VR selections, you ask? Due to the pervasive presence of ongoing in-person restrictions, we’ll get to those as soon as we can. Stay tuned!

Behold the films of the 2021 Short, Feature and Canadian Student Competitions!

TitleRuntimeDirector(s)CountryProduction Company/SchoolCategory
A Family That Steals Dogs07:30John C. KelleyUnited StatesNarrative Short Animation
A Menina Parada (The Girl Who Stood Still)09:30Joana TostePortugalSARDINHA EM LATAAnimation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
Adult Swim 'Happy Human Holiday!'00:15Rafael Esteban TrujilloUnited States, SpainTitmouse, Inc.Commissioned Animation
Adult Swim Smalls: Casino of Earthly Delights 'The Buford Lounge'02:40Mark ZamlinskyUnited StatesAnimated Series
Andante Moderato07:55Zak MargolisUnited StatesNon-Narrative Short Animation
Angakuksajaujuq (The Shaman’s Apprentice)20:32Zacharias KunukCanadaTaqqut Productions and Kingulliit ProductionsNarrative Short Animation
Anxious Body05:47Yoriko MizushiriFrance, JapanMiyu Productions, New DeerNon-Narrative Short Animation
Archipel (Archipelago)72:00Félix Dufour-LaperrièreCanadaEmbuscade FilmsAnimated Feature
Babičino seksualno življenje (Granny's Sexual Life)13:00Urška DjukićSlovenia, FranceStudio Virc, Ikki FilmsNarrative Short Animation
Bémol05:47Oana LacroixSwitzerlandAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Bestia15:54Hugo CovarrubiasChileTREBOL 3Narrative Short Animation
Blood of the Family Tree62:39Christine PanushkaUnited StatesChristine PanushkaAnimated Feature
Bob Cuspe - Nós Não Gostamos de Gente (Bob Spit - We Do Not Like People)90:00Cesar CabralBrazilCoala FilmesAnimated Feature
Cherchez la femme ‘Hatchepsout’ (Unsung Women 'Hatchepsut')02:30Julie Gavras, Mathieu DecarliFrance, BelgiumZadig Productions, Les Films du BilboquetAnimated Series
Chicken Of The Mound83:39Xi ChenAnimated Feature
Comeback07:55Vladimir LeschiovLatvia, LithuaniaNarrative Short Animation
Dans la Nature (In Nature)05:00Marcel BarelliSwitzerlandNadasdy FilmAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Death Hacks: The 9 Circles of Hell '#9 Will Shock You'03:00Aaron Augenblick, Katie WendtUnited StatesAugenblick Studios, IncAnimated Series
Perfume Genius 'Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)'04:24Jack Wedge, Will FreudenheimUnited StatesLaser DaysCommissioned Animation
Dior 'A New Continent'01:00Bárbara CerroArgentinaBit BangCommissioned Animation
Dogadjaji za zaboraviti (Events Meant to Be Forgotten)06:00Marko TadicCroatiaKreativni sindikatNon-Narrative Short Animation
electric +02:40Brandon BlommaertCanadaNon-Narrative Short Animation
Elulu60:39Gabriel Verdugo SotoChilebelofilmsAnimated Feature
Eyes and Horns06:15Chaerin ImGermany, South Korea, United StatesFabian&Fred / CalArtsStudent Animation
Festivalska špica Animafest Zagreb 2020 (Animafest Zagreb 2020 Festival Trailer)00:33Yoriko MizushiriCroatiaHulahop LtdCommissioned Animation
Frank Horvat 'What the Walls Feel as they Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office'09:27Guillaume Pelletier-AugerCanadaCommissioned Animation
Ghost Dogs10:45Joe CappaUnited StatesGREAT QUESTIONNarrative Short Animation
Goda sardze (Guard of Honour)05:31Edmunds JansonsLatviaAtom ArtNarrative Short Animation
Gyoko no Nikuko-chan (Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko)96:36Ayumu WatanabeJapanSTUDIO4ºCAnimated Feature
Hand05:15Tsz Wing HoHong Kong SAR ChinaSchool of Creative Media, City University of Hong KongStudent Animation
Honekami (A Bite of Bone)09:45Honami YanoJapanNarrative Short Animation
Impossible Figures and Other stories I15:00Marta PajekPoland, CanadaAnimoon, National Film Board of CanadaNarrative Short Animation
Inkt (Ink)02:20Erik Verkerk, Joost van den BoschNetherlandsKa-Ching CartoonsAnimation for Preschool Audiences
INT 'Night / Bit Bang 2020'00:35Juan Pablo ZaramellaArgentinaBit Bang / JPZ StudioCommissioned Animation
Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane 'Ten Degrees of Strange'04:29Lynn TomlinsonUnited States, United KingdomVelvet Valley FilmsCommissioned Animation
Kiko et les animaux (Kiko and the Animals)07:30Yawen ZhengFrance, SwitzerlandFolimage / Nadasdy FilmAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Konigiri-Kun Concert05:00Mari MiyazawaJapanAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Kula (The Tower)03:48Sunčana BrkuljCroatiaAcademy of Fine Arts, ZagrebStudent Animation
Le mont Fuji vu d’un train en marche (Mount Fuji Seen From a Moving Train)81:00Pierre HébertCanadaAnimated Feature
Maalbeek16:12Ismaël Joffroy ChandoutisFrance-Narrative Short Animation
Marmalad (Marmalade)05:10Radostina NeykovaBulgariaKorund XAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics19:00Terril CalderCanadaNational Film Board of CanadaNarrative Short Animation
Mishou07:00Milen VitanovGermany, BulgariaTalking Animals - BerlinAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Mitch-Match: Episode #1702:22Géza M. TóthHungaryKEDD Animation StudioAnimated Series
Mitovebuli Sofeli (Abandoned Village)14:00Mariam KapanadzeGeorgiaKvalixxiNon-Narrative Short Animation
Mora Mora10:05Jurga SeduikyteLithuaniaMeno AvilysAnimation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
Mozi ke Mikhandid (Happy Banana)08:18Reyhane Kavosh, Ali RaeisIranSolh & Salam InstituteAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Nichts (Nothing)02:53Paul HartmannGermanyFilmakademie Baden-WürttembergStudent Animation
Nie taki krokodyl straszny (Not So Scary a Crocodile)10:30Grzegorz KoncewiczPolandSerafiński StudioAnimation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
Norges blindeforbund 'Hjelp, vi har en blind pasient' (Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted 'Help! We have a blind patient')01:30Robin JensenNorwayMikrofilm ASCommissioned Animation
One Day At A Time 'The Politics Episode'21:25M.R. Horhager, Phill LewisUnited States, CanadaSmiley Guy Studios and Big Jump Entertainment for Sony Pictures Television / Act III / Snowpants Productions / Glo NationAnimated Series
Only a Child06:00Simone GiampaoloSwitzerlandAmka Films Productions Animation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
Papa Zaza08:28Géraldine CharpentierBelgiumAtelier de production de la Cambre, ASBLStudent Animation
Patouille, des grains en parachute (Patouille and the Parachute Seeds)06:38Inès Bernard-Espina, Mélody Boulissière, Clémentine CamposFranceMiyu ProductionsAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Peaches 'Pussy Mask'03:21Leah ShoreGermany, United States, CanadaCommissioned Animation
Plastic Change International 'The Present Problem'00:36Mads ThøgersenDenmarkThe Animation WorkshopCommissioned Animation
Professor H01:19Amanda BonaiutoUnited StatesCommissioned Animation
Renaissance 'Changing Lives'00:30Mathieu RenoultCanadaSomaCommissioned Animation
Rites of Spring04:24Yiorgos TsangarisCyprusNon-Narrative Short Animation
Rocket Freudental 'Der Stuhlkreis' (Rocket Freudental 'Team Meeting')04:21Ged HaneyUnited Kingdom, GermanyGed HaneyCommissioned Animation
S is for Spiders01:00Warren BrownCanadaAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Sfumato03:18Robert SeidelGermany, United StatesRobert SeidelNon-Narrative Short Animation
Sleater-Kinney 'High in the Grass'04:06Kelly SearsUnited StatesKelly SearsCommissioned Animation
Sobaki pakhnut morem (Dogs Smell Like the Sea)04:14Anastasiya LisovetsRussiaHSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOLStudent Animation
Space02:54Zhong XianUnited KingdomRoyal College of ArtStudent Animation
Star Trek: Lower Decks 'Crisis Point'26:31Bob SuarezUnited States, CanadaTitmouse, Inc., Secret Hideout, CBS StudiosAnimated Series
Steakhouse09:30Špela ČadežSlovenia, Germany, FranceFinta Film, Fabian&Fred, RTV Slovenija, Miyu ProductionsNarrative Short Animation
Sve te senzacije u mom trbuhu (All Those Sensations in My Belly)13:19Marko DjeskaCroatia, PortugalAdriatic AnimationNarrative Short Animation
T’as vendu mes rollers? (You Sold My Rollerskates?)06:00Margaux Cazal, Jeanne Hammel, Louis Holmes, Sandy Lachkar, Agathe Leroux, Léa Rey--MauzaizeFranceGobelins, l'école de l'imageAnimation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
Temps de cochon (A Splash in a Mud)9:00Emmanuelle GorgiardFranceVivement Lundi !Animation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
The Clearing09:50Daniel Robert HopeUnited KingdomNational Film and Television SchoolStudent Animation
The End Of Stories14:20David OReillyIreland, United StatesNon-Narrative Short Animation
Toonekurg (The Stork)15:51Morten Tšinakov, Lucija MrzljakEstoniaEesti JoonisfilmNarrative Short Animation
Udaraba 2021 Campaign00:46Sonia EstévezSpainCommissioned Animation
Un caillou dans la chaussure (A Stone in the Shoe)11:28Eric MontchaudFrance, SwitzerlandXBO Films/Nadasdy FilmsAnimation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
Un kilomètre à pied (Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Fourty, Fifty Miles a Day)11:11Mathieu GeorisBelgiumAtelier de production de la CambreStudent Animation
World Brain 'Dance II (Discovery Zone Cover)'05:20Julian GalleseCosta Rica, GermanyMansions and MillionsCommissioned Animation
Zolle Resign08:46Kristian PedersenNorway, United StatesMikrofilm AS/Acme Filmworks Inc.Non-Narrative Short Animation
Zubroffka 2021 Festival Trailer00:36David StumpfPolandWorst Films s.r.o.Commissioned Animation
Под облаками (Under the Clouds)03:44Vasilisa Tikunova RussiaSoyuzmultfilmAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Репетиция оркестра (Orchestra Rehearsal)06:30Tatiana OkruzhnovaRussiaSoyuzmultfilm Animation for Young Audiences Aged 6-12
Франсуа Куперен. Будильник (François Couperin. The Alarm Clock)03:15Natalia RyssRussia, BelarusStudio M.I.R. & BelarusfilmAnimation for Preschool Audiences
Я-РЫБА (I'm a Fish)05:10Daria MelnikovaRussiaSPbGIKiTStudent Animation
夜車 (Night Bus)20:00Joe HsiehTaiwanJoe Hsieh Independent ProductionNarrative Short Animation
Attached04:27Sean McGarryCanadaSheridan CollegeCanadian Student Competition
Cantastoria09:46Heather Little, Anna Harestad, Stephen BelfordCanadaSheridan CollegeCanadian Student Competition
Chapeau! (Hats Off!)00:51Noellie LeducCanadaCégep du Vieux Montréal (CVM)Canadian Student Competition
Dead Meat02:28Adnan Peer MohamedCanadaVancouver Film SchoolCanadian Student Competition
Deuxième Prénom (Middle Name)03:34Vivien ForsansCanadaConcordia UniversityCanadian Student Competition
Don't Think About Her03:22Liza DesyaCanadaSheridan CollegeCanadian Student Competition
Dracudate04:11Rhael McGregorCanadaSeneca CollegeCanadian Student Competition
Dust02:04Simon Badedji, Gianni PampagninCanadaIsart DigitalCanadian Student Competition
Fireworks02:13Nicolas LeclercCanadaDawson CollegeCanadian Student Competition
Fish Head04:32Jocelyn TangCanadaEmily Carr University of Art and DesignCanadian Student Competition
Fleeting: Here and There02:22Gilnaz ArzpeymaCanadaConcordia UniversityCanadian Student Competition
For White Folks Only01:17Sydnie BaynesCanadaConcordia UniversityCanadian Student Competition
L’abattu des vents05:10Félix-Antoine Garneau-Chouinard, Maxime Giard, Alexandre Desjardins, Anthony Labrecque, Jérôme CollinCanadaBASA / Laval UniversityCanadian Student Competition
Lightcatchers08:00Edward MadojemuCanadaEmily Carr University of Art and DesignCanadian Student Competition
Mammoth Gorge01:47Noah Henman, Isaac LyonsCanadaAlgonquin CollegeCanadian Student Competition
My Mom is an Alien03:48Yejin KimCanadaEmily Carr University Canadian Student Competition
Remedy02:02Selina WamsleyCanadaNSCAD University Canadian Student Competition
Root's Home03:03Audrey RainvilleCanadaConcordia UniversityCanadian Student Competition
Shift02:35Zach FenlonCanadaMel Hoppenheim School of CinemaCanadian Student Competition
Spray Fight03:00Katie FinnCanadaConcordia UniversityCanadian Student Competition
Start with Trash00:53Yiru ZouCanadaSheridan CollegeCanadian Student Competition
The GOAT04:02Alexandra OuchevCanadaDawson CollegeCanadian Student Competition
Til Death Brings Us Together06:34Inaya Sher, Natalie Choi, Madison SummersCanadaSheridan CollegeCanadian Student Competition

2021 Panorama Selections

Behold the films of the 2021 Canadian, World and World Student Panoramas!

TitleRuntimeDirector(s)CountryProduction Company/SchoolCategory
Affairs of the Art16:00Joanna Quinn, Les MillsUnited Kingdom, CanadaBeryl Productions International, National Film Board of CanadaCanadian Panorama
Are You OK?04:45Faiyaz JafriCanada, United StatesHyper-UnrealismCanadian Panorama
BS01:58Benjamin MeinhardtCanadaCanadian Panorama
Flying Lotus 'Remind U'02:44Winston HackingCanadaPulse FIlmsCanadian Panorama
Forgotten04:23Mawrgan ShawCanadaCanadian Panorama
Fraktura04:40Judith PoirierCanadaCanadian Panorama
I'll Be Your Kettle09:20Tobias RudCanada, DenmarkCanadian Panorama
Jollof Rice - More than a Dish02:03Ian KetekuCanadaAlkebulan Pictures Inc.Canadian Panorama
Mauvaises herbes (Bad Seeds)06:22Claude CloutierCanadaUnité Centrale, National Film Board of Canada Canadian Panorama
Merenneito purnukassa (Mermaid In A Jar)05:17Tomi MalkkiFinland, CanadaThe Dead Will Rise StudioCanadian Panorama
My Outerspace Mission01:36Spencer MorelandCanadaCanadian Panorama
Parc à chats (Cat Park)01:17Rachel SamsonCanadaCanadian Panorama
Pimple On The Nose03:44Davide Di Saró CanadaCanadian Panorama
Pote de baise (F*ck Buddy)02:04Daniel Sterlin-AltmanCanadaCanadian Panorama
The Rind06:34Alex MeunierCanadaCanadian Panorama
What is That00:54Elise SimardCanadagroup(e)collecti(ve/f)Canadian Panorama
Wine Story03:20Keith Del PrincipeCanadaCardboard Reality StudioCanadian Panorama
Boy Oh Boy01:30Stephen IrwinUnited KingdomWorld Panorama
Concatenation 2 - Olympic Game01:00Donato SansoneItalyWorld Panorama
Ding (Thing)04:32Malte SteinGermanyMalte SteinWorld Panorama
Eureka!00:17David CreightonCanada, United KingdomWorld Panorama
Good Placement Of Seeds04:27Xi ChenWorld Panorama
Hi, You Peach01:36Yugo LimboUnited StatesWorld Panorama
L'Amour en plan15:00Claire SichezFranceIkki Films, InnervisionWorld Panorama
Love, Dad12:00Diana Cam Van NguyenCzech Republic, Slovakia13ka, FAMU, nutprodukciaWorld Panorama
Michael Hays 'The Way (feat. Eric Heywood)'03:14Emanuele KabuItalyWorld Panorama
O05:00Paul WenningerAustria, FranceKabinett ad Co, Paul Wenninger World Panorama
Okruszki Zycia (Crumbs of Life)06:35Katarzyna MiechowiczPolandPolish National Film School in LodzWorld Panorama
On The Surface03:56Fan SissokoIceland, United StatesWorld Panorama
Reservoir08:01Micah WeberUnited StatesWorld Panorama
Sweet Lemonade04:55Thalia BerardUnited StatesWorld Panorama
You Are Here01:49Dena SpringerUnited StatesWorld Panorama
10 tysyach killometrov (10 Thousand Kilometers)06:35 Sofia Silvestrova, Varvara Ryabova RussiaHSE Art and Design SchoolWorld Student Panorama
Amen to No Men01:57Hayley LegonUnited StatesWorld Student Panorama
Coin Adventure05:35Liu HuanziJapanTama Art UniversityWorld Student Panorama
Helmut03:46Igor KuzmicSwitzerlandHochschule LuzernWorld Student Panorama
Hrůza v tónu gramofónu (Old Gramophone’s Ghostly Tones)09:00Kryštof Ulbert, Zuzana Čupová, Martina TomkováCzech RepublicFaculty of Multimedia CommunicationsWorld Student Panorama
Ménage à Trois: Flour, Eggs and Sugar02:18Michelle Yun-jeong ChoiSouth KoreaRhode Island School of DesignWorld Student Panorama
Shuttle02:50Wai Cheuk Rachel Chan, Ying Hei LamHong Kong SAR ChinaCity University of Hong KongWorld Student Panorama
Somebody Take the Wheel05:17Kenzie SuttonUnited StatesCalifornia Institute of the ArtsWorld Student Panorama
The Dragon Head Tree07:16Jiaqi WangUnited KingdomRoyal College of ArtWorld Student Panorama
The Otter Popz 'Workin' on Myself'02:39Julianna RomeroUnited StatesCalifornia Institute of the ArtsWorld Student Panorama
When the Moon was Gibbous03:41Erika Grace StradaDenmarkThe Animation WorkshopWorld Student Panorama
You Are Not a Kiwi05:31Maria SavelevaEstoniaEstonian Academy of ArtsWorld Student Panorama
Ziehende Vögel (Migrating Birds)08:55Felix ReineckerGermanyAcademy of Media Arts CologneWorld Student Panorama
Zieleń (Green)08:15Karolina KajetanowiczPolandThe Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in LodzWorld Student Panorama
המנוח (The Deceased)07:09Avishai Simchovitch, Keren Or ZelingherIsraelBezalel Academy of Art and DesignWorld Student Panorama
Run The Jewels 'Yankee and the Brave (ep. 4)'02:30Sean SolomonUnited StatesTitmouse, Inc.

RISD’s track record and alumni is astonishing. Not only have they produced acclaimed indie artists like Fran Krause, Caleb Wood, Jesse Schmal, Leah Shore, Michael Langan, Max Porter, Emily Pelstring, Julie Zammarchi, Candy Kugel, Willy Hartland, the late Karen Aqua and many others.  They also gave us the creators of Superjail (Christy Karacas), The Last Airbender (Michael Dante Dimartino) and Family Guy (Seth MacFarlane).  There’s also well known media artists like Takeshi Murata and Ara Peterson. One graduate even went on to become an artisanal cheese maker. That’s just a few names. RISD films are consistently thoughtful and technically adventurous. Even their failures are frequently bolder than the best films from many schools. This three part screening will celebrate over 40 years of innovative, groundbreaking student work from one of the finest animation schools in the world.

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Le bilan de la RISD et ses diplômés est ahurissant. Non seulement cette école de design a-t-elle produit des artistes indépendants de renommée comme Fran Krause, Caleb Wood, Jesse Schmal, Leah Shore, Michael Langan, Max Porter, Emily Pelstring, Julie Zammarchi, Candy Kugel, Willy Hartland, la défunte Karen Aqua et plusieurs autres; elle nous a aussi donné les créateurs de Superjail! (Christy Karacas), The Last Airbender (Michael Dante DiMartino) et Family Guy (Seth MacFarlane). On y compte aussi des artistes des médias bien connus, comme Takeshi Murata et Ara Peterson. Un de ses diplômés est même devenu un fromager artisanal. Il ne s’agit ici que de quelques noms. Les films de la RISD sont toujours réfléchis et aventureux sur le plan technique. Même leurs échecs sont souvent plus audacieux que les meilleurs films de nombreuses autres écoles. Cette projection en trois parties célébrera 40 ans d’œuvres étudiantes innovatrices et révolutionnaires de l’une des meilleures écoles d’animation au monde.

“Let me go back to the start again,” sings a voice in Mariusz Wilczynski’s hand-drawn animated feature, and OIAF20 Grand Prize winner, Kill it and Leave This Town.

Imagine if you could have your family, loved ones, assorted heroes, and idols all come together and reside snuggly within the comfort of your memories, no matter how fictionalized or misremembered (as Paul Auster once wrote, “memory is a story told a second time”).

Themes of nostalgia, loss, and mortality run throughout Wilcynski’s body of work.  Before Kill it, he made several short films (Times Have Passed, For My Mother and Me, Unfortunately, Kizi Mizi, and music videos (Allegro ma non tropp, Death to Five), all of them carrying themes and elements that are later found in Kill it and Leave This Town. The past, in particular, appears to carry great weight in Wilcynski’s films to the point where you wonder if it’s a case of struggling to let go of the past or whether diving into it, it better informs our next steps.

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« Laissez-moi revenir au début, » chante une voix dans le long métrage animé dessiné à la main de Mariusz Wilczynski, Kill it and Leave This Town, lequel a remporté le premier prix du OIAF20.

Imaginez si vous pouviez rassembler votre famille, vos êtres chers, vos quelques héros et idoles, et qu’ils vivraient tout douillet dans le confort de vos souvenirs, quelques fictifs ou mal souvenus qu’ils soient (comme l’a déjà écrit Paul Auster, « un souvenir est une histoire racontée une deuxième fois »).

Les thèmes de la nostalgie, de la perte et de la mortalité se retrouvent à travers les œuvres de Wilcynski. Avant Kill it, il a fait plusieurs courts métrages (Times Have Passed, For My Mother and Me, Unfortunately, Kizi Mizi, et des vidéos de musique (Allegro ma non tropp, Death to Five), qui ont tous présenté des thèmes et des éléments qu’on retrouvera plus tard dans Kill it and Leave This Town. Le passé, en particulier, semble porter un grand poids dans les films de Wilcynski, au point où l’on se demande s’il s’agit de se défaire difficilement du passé ou, si en y plongeant, on éclaire nos pas.

Factory of Raw Essentials: The Films of Jodie Mack

Film strips, weeds, concert posters, maps, boarding passes, jewellery, photo negatives, envelopes, dollar store gift bags, beads, books, blankets., puppets, floral patterns, fabrics of all shades and colours, computer memory boards, junk mail, and even a horse’s kidney stone. All stuff you might stumble upon in a bizarro garbage heap, not animation films. 

The ultimate recycler, experimental animator, Jodie Mack, a sort of animated Dr. Frankenstein, finds beauty and repurpose in life’s leftovers as she breathes new life into the forgotten, discarded and unconventional. Mack’s collages clash and collide along the way towards a semblance of harmony and unity. With rapid fire creativity fueled by unfettered delight and rampant curiosity, Mack has created an eclectic and joyful body of work that bridges contemporary art and animation with an utterly unpretentious – to borrow from music -, lo-fi, D.I.Y. approach.

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Bouts de pellicule, herbes, affiches de concerts, cartes, cartes d’embarquement, bijoux, négatifs de photos, enveloppes, sacs cadeaux du magasin du dollar, billes, livres, couvertures, marionnettes, motifs fleuris, tissus de toutes les teintes et couleurs, mémoires d’ordinateurs, courriel indésirable, et même un calcul rénal de cheval. Voilà des trucs qu’on trouverait dans une drôle de pile de déchets, pas dans des films d’animation.

Recycleuse par excellence, l’animatrice expérimentale, Jodie Mack, une sorte de Dr Frankenstein de l’animation, voit de la beauté et une autre fin aux restants de la vie, alors qu’elle donne un autre souffle à ce qui est oublié, jeté ou non conventionnel. Les collages de Mack se confrontent et se percutent en chemin vers un semblant d’harmonie et d’unité. Grâce à une créativité féconde nourrie par un plaisir sans retenue et une curiosité débridée, Mack a créé une collection d’œuvres éclectiques et joyeuses qui lient l’art contemporain et l’animation sans aucune prétention et – pour emprunter à la musique – d’une approche basse fidélité et bricolée soi-même.

“Flashing, pop-like imagery; visual and auditory narrations that explicitly touch upon sex, politics and social relations; vibrant installations that extend into three dimensions the artist’s fantastical animation world – these are but cornerstones of Wong Ping’s practice that combines the crass and the colourful to mount a discourse around repressed sexuality, personal sentiments and political limitations. Hong Kong born and raised, Wong Ping’s observations of society, from teenage to adult-hood, use a visual language that sits on the border of shocking and amusing.” (Edouard Malingue Gallery)

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« De l’imagerie aux effets lumineux et au style pop; des narrations visuelles et auditives qui portent explicitement sur le sexe, la politique et les relations sociales; des installations vibrantes qui présentent en trois dimensions le monde de l’animation fantastique de l’artiste – telles sont les pierres angulaires de la pratique de Wong Ping, qui combine le grossier et le coloré pour monter un discours sur la sexualité réprimée, les sentiments personnels et les limitations politiques. Né et élevé à Hong Kong, Wong Ping offre des observations sur la société, de l’adolescence à l’âge adulte, qui utilisent un langage visuel sur la frontière entre le choquant et l’amusant. » (Edouard Malingue Gallery)

Born above the fertile filmmaking soil of Winnipeg, Canada and raised in rural Manitoba, director and cinematographer Mike Maryniuk is a self-described “self taught film virtuoso” boasting a rich catalog of hand-altered celluloid to back up the claim. Mike’s films serve as a boiling scrapbook for an overlooked subset of the Canadian prairies, giving big importance to small-town concerns and promoting an appreciation of many wilderness-adjacent interests.

Delivering contemporary imagery through the enamel of age, the home brew films of Mike Maryniuk are a carefree nod to good old-fashioned prairie life, leaning on electric visuals and dynamic sound as the key ingredients to understanding the value of country living. Dig out your toque and let ‘er rip.

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Né sur le sol fertile en cinématographie de Winnipeg, au Canada, et élevé dans le Manitoba rural, le réalisateur et cinéaste Mike Maryniuk se décrit comme étant un « virtuose du cinéma autodidacte », qui présente un catalogue riche de celluloïd modifié à la main pour appuyer cette affirmation. Les films de Mike servent d’album-souvenir débordant pour un sous-ensemble ignoré des prairies canadiennes, donnant une grande importance aux problèmes de petites villes et promouvant l’appréciation de plusieurs intérêts liés à la nature sauvage.

Offrant de l’imagerie contemporaine au moyen de l’émail de l’âge, les films concoctés maison de Mike Maryniuk sont un clin d’œil insouciant de la bonne vieille vie de prairie, s’appuyant sur des visuels électriques et des sons dynamiques comme ingrédients clés afin de comprendre la valeur de la vie de campagne. Sors ta tuque et lâche-toi lousse!

New Tool Who Dis? Tactility in the Digital Age

With computers driving many production workflows to at least a small degree, it has become a challenge to retain or create a sense of texture and tactility in the finished piece. This programme celebrates films and filmmakers who achieve an analog grit in the age of synthesized imagery.

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Comme les ordinateurs gèrent la plupart des flux de production jusqu’à au moins un certain degré, il est devenu difficile de conserver et de créer un sens de texture ou de tactilité sur un produit fini. Ce programme célèbre les films et les cinéastes qui réussissent à offrir un grain analogue en cette ère d’imagerie synthétisée.

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Best of Ottawa 2020

The Best of Ottawa touring program showcases audience favourites and award winners from the 2020 Ottawa International Animation Festival competition. The package offers a sampling of exceptional animated short films that explore moments of humour, profundity and inspiration. The works in this collection provide a unique cross-section of some of the best contemporary film artists from around the world.

The 2020 Best of Ottawa program includes In the Shadow of the Pines, Anne Koizumi’s moving retelling of her relationship with her father; David Stumpf & Michaela Mihalyi’s humourous and absurd Sh_t Happens about- well, strange shit that happens; and Kang-min Kim’s KKUM, a stunning black and white dreamworld that claimed both the Grand Prize and the Public Prize this year.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind programme of ground-breaking, smile-making and head-shaking animated film courtesy of the Ottawa International Animation Festival!

Running Time: 76 minutes

 

One blow to the head and we’ll be lying on the floor.

Herbert arrives in the seaside city on a long working trip. Accidentally he falls in love with a very strange beautiful saleswoman in a flower shop. He suffers from insomnia, which he treats by watching billiards on TV. But now it doesn’t help anymore. His obsessive passion keeps him awake…

Jo Goes Hunting ‘Careful’

On the borderless map of a magical planet, little beings pick, brush, weave, fish and collect elements from their natural environment to sustain their life as a group. This essential balance turns to chaos once they misuse their findings to polish their individual appearance.

Attempting to escape her reality, a desperate girl climbs down into a deep dark silo. She finds solace in an injured bird. In an intense but quietly told story, we see the struggle of a depressed young girl. We don’t always see what’s going on in the minds of our children. A small thing can be enough to give them new energy to continue their lives.

A short opera inspired by Aesop’s fable ‘The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle’.

Pá kis panelom! (Bye Little Block!)

The protagonist learns that soon she will have to leave her blockhouse flat for good. After receiving the upsetting news she is overwhelmed with emotions. Her teardrop of farewell grows into a concrete monolith. When the drop hits the ground a surreal panorama of the blockhouse area she used to call home unfolds…

The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because… shit happens all the time.

In the Shadow of the Pines is a deeply personal animated documentary short about a difficult father-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own upbringing with her immigrant dad, who was also the janitor at the elementary school she attended. The film questions the idea of shame and how it can shape and define us while inhibiting who we can truly become.

La mer à boire (The Sea Is Too Much to Drink)

« La mer à boire » is a french idiom that translates as « drinking the sea ». It means, a task too great to undertake, or asking too much of someone. I had some trouble with the sea that year.

My mother’s dreams have always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any religion.