Official Competition / Showcase Screenings
The highlight of the Ottawa International Animation Festival are the Official Competition screenings.  These programs feature the best new animation from around the world.  

On average, the OIAF receives over 2100 submissions each year. The OIAF programming team selects approximately 100 finalists to be featured in the Official Competition. Additional films are shown out-of-competition in Showcase screenings.   

OIAF competition includes categories for narrative, experimental, student, commissioned and feature animation. There is also a separate competition for films and TV shows made for children. Prizes will be awarded to category winners along with Grand Prizes for Independent Short Animation and Feature Animation.

During the Festival, three official juries sit with the audience and judge the short, feature and children’s competition screenings. The Short and Feature jury members are chosen from the international animation community. The children’s jury is comprised of Ottawa-area children. Jury decisions are announced during the OIAF’s awards ceremony on the Saturday evening of each festival. A screening of a selection of award-winning films follows on the festival’s closing night.

At their discretion, the International Juries may also award additional special prizes. The Juries have the right to withhold an award where no entry, in its view, meets the standards for recognition. 
Special Screenings
OIAF 15 Special Screenings/ programmes spéciaux

If It Ain't Broke: Contemporary Uses of Traditional Techniques

Everything by Everyone: The Newgrounds Revolution

Isolation Drills: The Films of Michèle Cournoyer

Motel of Fools: The Films of Kaspar Jancis

All screenings are recommended as not suitable for children unless otherwise stated

To complement its competition and showcase screenings, the OIAF also presents a number of screenings devoted to individual artists, countries, schools, techniques, themes or historical periods. These screenings are often proposed and curated by both OIAF and outside programmers. 

Pour compléter ses programmes en compétition et panoramas, l’OIAF présente également plusieurs séances consacrées à des artistes particuliers, des pays, des écoles, des techniques, des thèmes ou des périodes historiques. Ces projections sont proposées et organisées par les programmateurs de l’OIAF et de l'extérieur.

brokeIf It Ain't Broke: Contemporary Uses of Traditional Techniques
Curated by/organisée par Keltie Duncan

Still: Marcel the Shell 'THREE' (2014)

With so many digital tools at an animator’s disposal, today’s animation techniques are becoming increasingly computer-based. Sometimes the result shows off its digital aesthetic, and other times films digitally simulate the look of analog materials. Chalk, paint, sand, clay, puppets, pen on paper; all these techniques can be convincingly simulated digitally with wonderful and sophisticated technologies. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but as a result it’s become less common these days to come across an animated short created completely IRL. This program showcases and celebrates contemporary films in which directors braved the tedium and mess of analog animation in a world of digital solutions, and aims to pay homage to ye animation techniques of olde.

S'il n'est pas trop tard: Exemples contemporains de techniques traditionnelles et non-numériques


Avec autant d'outils numériques à disposition des animateurs, les techniques d'animation d'aujourd'hui sont de plus en plus informatisées. Parfois, le résultat nous montre une esthétique numérique, d'autres fois cela nous donne l'impression d'une production plus traditionnelle avec des procédés analogiques. Craie, peinture, sable, argile, marionnettes, crayons sur papier; toutes ces techniques peuvent être vraiment convaincantes en étant simulées grâce aux merveilleuses technologies sophistiquées. Rien de mal à cela, bien sûr, mais cela devient moins fréquent de nos jours de découvrir des courts-métrages d'animation créés de manière entièrement traditionnelle. Ce programme dépeint et célèbre des films contemporains dont les réalisateurs ont bravé le côté fastidieux et rébarbatif de l'animation traditionnelle dans notre monde aux solutions numériques. Il rend hommage aux bonnes vieilles techniques d'animation.

newgroundsEverything by Everyone: The Newgrounds Revolution
Curated by/organisée par Sean Buckelew

Still: Badgers

When Newgrounds launched it's Flash Portal in 2000, it was the first site on the Internet to ever allow anyone and everyone to upload animated content to the web (as long as it was under 5mb). What followed was a revolution. Newgrounds became home of some of the most inventive, controversial and hilarious content on the web, all created for basically no reason by a community of professionals, amateurs, teenagers, trolls and early experiments from some of the biggest animators working today.

Tout par tous: la révolution Newgrounds


Lorsque Newgrounds sort Flash Portal en 2000, il est le premier site Internet à permettre à tout un chacun de télécharger du contenu animé sur le Web (inférieur à 5 Mo). S'en est suivie une véritable révolution numérique. Newgrounds est devenu le foyer de bon nombre de contenus les plus inventifs, controversés et hilarants sur le Web, créés sans raison précise par une communauté de professionnels, amateurs, adolescents, urluberlus et parfois s'avérant être les premiers essais de certains des plus grands animateurs du secteur actuel.

cournoyerIsolation Drills: The Films of Michèle Cournoyer

Still: Soif (2014)

Throughout Michele Cournoyer’s body of work (including her many acclaimed films with the National Film Board of Canada), personal conflict has been the central theme of the award-winning Canadian animator’s films. Using her trademark black ink style and metamorphic choreography, Cournoyer’s surreal, tense and deeply personal films confront relationships, rape (The Hat), aging (Dolorosa), technology (Accordion), war (Robes of War), identity (The Artist), and addiction (Soif) in uncompromising, enlightening, provocative and even occasionally humourous ways that will mystify, unsettle, and inspire audiences. Cournoyer’s films take us to places we often avoid, uncovering a darkness that lurks behind our scared small talk smiles.


Exercices d'isolement : les films de Michèle Cournoyer

D'un bout à l'autre de l'oeuvre de Michèle Cournoyer (y compris ses nombreux films avec l'Office national du film du Canada, salués par la critique), le conflit personnel a été le thème central abordé par cette animatrice canadienne récompensée.

Utilisant sa marque de fabrique de l'encre noire et de la métamorphose chorégraphique, les films surréalistes, tourmentés et profondément personnels de Cournoyer confrontent les relations - le viol (Le Chapeau), le vieillissement (Dolorosa), la technologie (Accordéon), la guerre (Robe de guerre), l'identité (L'artiste), et l'addiction (Soif) – de manière instructive, sans compromis, avec provocation et même parfois avec humour qui mystifient, bouleversent et inspirent le public. Les films de Cournoyer nous emmènent dans des recoins que souvent nous évitons, dévoilant les maux qui se cachent derrière nos évocateurs sourires fugaces.

kasparMotel of Fools: The Films of Kaspar Jancis

Still: Crocodile (2009)

The wild and wacky, absurdist drenched melodramas of Estonian animator, musician, writer and bike designer, Kaspar Jancis have it all: nudists, opera singers and pet crocodiles (Crocodile); mobsters and perverted priests (Villa Antropoff); terrorists, weirdo sculptors and artists (Marathon); murderers and piano players (Piano); espionage (Weitzenberg Street) and, of course, love. Littered with an assortment of pop culture references and inside jokes, Jancis’ memorable group of oddball characters are really just seeking – much like contemporary Estonia – to carve out their own space in this wild west of an existence and, if they're lucky, a moment or two of human connection.

Film Contact Info
For film contact information for any of the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival participants, please download this handy PDF.