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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, with this year clocking in at 2311 total entries. The OIAF programming team selected approximately 111 finalists to be featured in the Official Competition. 49 additional films will be shown out-of-competition in Panorama screenings.  

View the full list of finalists here.

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. 
 
Feature Competition
With an emphasis on edgy and independent, the OIAF programming team picks the most interesting, original animated features from around the world to screen in the competition. Join us for the Gala screening with the jury. The filmmakers are often in attendance!

Please note the ratings.  Some programs are not suitable for younger viewers.

 
 
Short Film Competitions
The Official Competition section of the Festival consists of works selected by the programming team from over 2300 entries. These short works are programmed into eight different screenings that feature something for everyone.  Join us for each programme's Gala presentation with the jury and many of the filmmakers in attendance. 

Please note the ratings.  Some programs are not suitable for younger viewers.


 

 
Panorama Screenings
Check out these collections featuring some outstanding, new animated work from across Canada and around the world.

Please note the ratings.  Some programs are not suitable for younger viewers.
 
 

 

 
Retrospectives and Special Screenings

We've brought to together some special animated programs specially curated for the OIAF 2016, with a special focus on the Grand Prize winners from the last 40 years.



Please note the ratings.  Some programs are not suitable for younger viewers.

Over the past 40 years a lot has changed in the realm of animation. Technology has played a huge role in the now endless possibilities and mediums available to our most talented animators. And with innovation comes social, political, and artistic implications. The Ottawa International Animation Festival’s grand prize winners represent not only the changing face of animation, but the moments in history reflected through these works. We see characters deal with loss, violence, relationships, family, environmental concerns, and the dangers of power, desire, and substance abuse—while some of these shorts challenge us to find a meaning at all. Looking back at these incredibly interesting films there is a clear mixture of now classic pieces of animation and surprising, more provocative choices. They run the gamut of being both timeless and undeniably contemporary. From hand-drawn 2d animation, 3d computer-generated images, puppets, live action, or a mix of these different animation techniques, this diverse set of work truly embodies the cutting-edge identity of the festival. Whether controversial or heartwarming, beautiful or frightening, each of these films is whole-heartedly original.