Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2009
By: Stephanie MacArthur
While working for the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) for my Co-op internship, I decided to volunteer for 2 shifts during the festival. I chose to work at the reception ticket desk and the boutique shop, which were both in the Arts Courts Building. I chose them because it was interesting to see different artists, filmmakers, Animators, etc come to the festival worldwide.
Since I have been working for the festival from September, 2009, I received a free Volunteer and staff pass, which allowed me to go see anything, like screenings, special seminar presentations, etc. I’d like to mention that I saw with my Art class from Lisgar Colligiate some free school presentations from Schools that specialize in Animation such as: Algonquin College or Vancouver Film School. We also saw an International Showcase at the National Art Gallery and I’d like to say, that the “He’s Barack Obama” film by JibJab Studios was particularly funny.
During my shift at the boutique, a really amazing thing happened! After I bought a children’s book called My Name is Dug based on the #1 Animation movie of the year called Up, created by Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, etc), the man who designed it came in for a book signing session. His name was Ronnie Del Carmen, who I also discovered was one of the main producers of Up. I also got a free poster of the upcoming Disney film The Princess and the Frog.
A couple of days later (at the Museum of Civilization) I saw two lectures on both of these films, which I thought were amazing! I learned how they created these great films and they even showed exclusive clips of it like: Dug’s Special Mission and a clip of the crocodile in the Princess and the Frog playing the blues on the trumpet. Another great film that was screened at the festival was Henry Selick’s puppet masterpiece Coraline, which was based on the book by: Neil Gaiman. The screening was shown at ByTowne Cinema; however, I’ve already seen that film a number of times. (It’s still great, especially if you wear 3D glasses.)
Overall, I thought it was a great experience to be a part of the Animation Festival because of my hobby of watching Animation (plus Japanese Anime: Naruto, etc.) and creating my own films by using Windows Movie Maker and I-Movie.
Watch and Listen
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For now - here are some of the OIAF's "signal" films from past editions. These are promotional films that animators and animation companies made that run in front of all our screenings. They were all edited together by Channel Frederator (which is also a great place to watch some animation).