Teens at the OIAF
Teens at the OIAFIf you enjoy anime, cartoons and comics - you will really like the OIAF. There are a ton of interesting screenings and talks and professional development with the people behind the scenes. See how you can get involved!

Free Toon Apprentice Pass
High school students get a FREE Toon Apprentice Pass!

High school students can get a free pass good for screenings and talks all day on Saturday September 28 from 9am to 6pm. Register online OR bring your high school ID and pick up your pass on Saturday, September 28 at Animation Exposé in the National Arts Centre (NAC).

If you are looking for an animation school, come and meet with Algonquin College, Sheridan College, Seneca School of Creative Arts and Animation, Capilano University and Herzing College at the Exposé Fair.
Hands-on Workshop for Teens
Learn to draw Hilda! Hosted by Canada's leading independent animation studio, Mercury Filmworks and the Algonquin College Animation Program, this Character Design Workshop allows you to learn from the artists behind the award-winning series, Hilda! Explore your creativity and learn character design techniques while drawing your own Hilda design alongside the artists who worked on the show!

Apprenez à dessiner Hilda! Tenu par le plus grand studio d’animation indépendant du Canada, Mercury Filmworks et le programme d’animation du collège Algonquin, cet atelier de dessin de personnages vous permettra d’apprendre les trucs des artistes derrière la série primée, Hilda! Explorez votre créativité et apprenez les techniques de dessin de personnages, tout en dessinant votre propre Hilda aux côtés d’artistes qui ont travaillé sur l’émission.


Pre-register online with the link below or call (613) 232-8769

Animation Career Fair
Saturday, Sept 28th 9:00am-5:00pm

Samedi 28 septembre de 9 h à 17 h

Yes, it’s Free!/ Oui, c'est gratuit ! 

Are you ready to hone your skills as a budding animator? Do you need more information on how to make that scary first step? Or, are you looking for a career in animation and want to connect directly with right people in the industry? If so, pack up your portfolio and come meet with the various School and Industry representatives at our Career Fair from 9am to 5pm at the National Arts Centre. It is all happening as a part of our Animation Exposé!

Êtes-vous prêt à perfectionner vos compétences d’animateur en herbe? Aimeriez-vous savoir comment oser faire le tout premier pas? Ou bien, vous cherchez à poursuivre une carrière en animation, et vous aimeriez entrer en contact directement avec les bonnes personnes dans l’industrie? Si la réponse est « oui », apportez votre portfolio et venez rencontrer des représentants du milieu scolaire et de l’industrie à notre salon des carrières, de 9 h à 17 h, au Centre national des Arts. Tout cela a lieu dans le cadre de notre Animation Exposé!

Participating Schools:
Seneca College
Sheridan College
Cambrian College
Algonquin College
Capilano University
Students and teens can get more involved with the festival by volunteering. Completing volunteer hours can finish up a school credit, and provide valuable professional experience. Plus, volunteers who work two full shifts for the OIAF get free access to screenings and workshops at this year's Festival. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon. 

The OIAF is once again offering the unique opportunity to high school students to volunteer their school's representative for the 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival. As our Animation Ambassador, they will help to get other students in their school involved in volunteering and help build the excitement leading up to the event by helping us promote it at their high school. The Animation Ambassador will receive a free pass to all OIAF events. 

Volunteer positions are available throughout the summer, as well as on-site in September. 
Anyone interested can contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. 

For more info and to register for any of these programs: 
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 613-232-8769 

Toon Apprentice Day For Teens
Friday, September 27, 9:00am to 2:30pm (National Gallery of Canada)  FULL

High school students interested in animation won’t want to miss this free event. Come check out some amazing animated films from around the world and catch presentations by top animation schools at the National Gallery of Canada. 

Les élèves du secondaire qui sont intéressés par l’animation, ne devraient pas rater cet événement gratuit! Venez voir des films d’animation extraordinaire qui viennent d’autour du monde et ne loupez pas les plusieurs présentations des meilleures écoles d’animation du Canada au Musée des beauxarts du Canada.

Inscrivez-vous ou votre groupe en appelant (613) 232-8769. 

9:00 AM Doors Open (Portes ouverts)
9:30 AM - 9:50 PM School Presentation: Sheridan College
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
School Presentation: Algonquin College
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM School Presentation: Seneca School of Creative Arts and Animation
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Screening: Canadian Student Competition  (Films d’étudiants canadien en competition)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Break and Meet with Schools (Pause de dîner pour rencontrer les écoles)
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM School Presentation: Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Screening: World Student Panorama (Films d’étudiant international en panorama)

VR Workshops with BIT

Also that day, join BIT and instructor Amir Didehkhorshid for a 30min Virtual Reality Workshop where students will learn how to create a simple Virtual Reality (VR) program with Unity3D game engine. By the end of the workshop, students will know how to use the Oculus CV1 VR platform and the Leap Motion sensor to build simple interactive VR experiences using Unity.

The instructor will thoroughly explain the steps necessary in creating a VR application in Unity and adding different interactive components to the project. Students will then have the chance to test their newly acquired knowledge by building a small VR application with the help of the instructor and try the VR software they made. Workshop sessions last about 30 minutes each. Students will be divided up into groups of 5, with each group using one of the three available stations for VR development.

Sign up with this Google form or call the OIAF office at (613) 232-8769