Kids at the OIAF
Kids at the OIAF

Kids Jury
The Ottawa International Animation Festival is inviting local kids to enter its annual Kids Jury contest. Ten animation enthusiasts, ranging from the ages of 8 to 12 years old, will be chosen to judge this year's competition of film and television made for young audiences.

To be chosen for the jury, local kids are invited to write one paragraph about their favourite animated film. Ten lucky winners and their families will be whisked away to the Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2018 to watch either the Animation for Young Audiences – Preschool Competition at 9:30 a.m. or the Animation for Young Audiences – Ages 6-12 Competition at 11 a.m. They will pick their favourite film or TV episode and award prizes on stage to the winning filmmakers later that evening, at 7:30 p.m.

To enter the OIAF's Kids Jury contest, the paragraph must be submitted by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , by fax: (613) 232-6315, or by regular mail: Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120, Ottawa, K1N 6E2.

CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED to 4pm on SEPTEMBER 10th. Entrants MUST include their name, age and an e-mail address or phone number where they can be reached.

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A DAY FOR FAMILIES at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the Ottawa Art Gallery

Discover the ingenuity and genius of animation. Bring your family for a fun day of screenings and FREE hands-on workshops, all in one location. Try out scratch animation at IFCO, collage and pixilation at the OAG, and voice acting in the UofO Labs. While you are here, take a tour of the OAG’s new Firestone Gallery.

Screenings at Alma Duncan Salon
This is your chance to see some of the best animation made for kids from around the world. Short flims, television episodes, feature films, and an exclusive look at the making of a brand new show will engage kids and families.
(OIAF ticket prices apply to screenings. Buy online now, or at the door.)

9:30 AM Animation Made for Young Audiences (Preschool Competition)
Fairies from Japan, rabbits from Iran, a rhino from Germany, and a greedy rat from the UK are just some of the creatures kids will meet in this screening of fun short films made for preschool age children.

SnapUp Tickets - Animation Made for Young Audiences - Preschool Competition (Gala)
11:00 AM Animation Made for Young Audiences (Ages 6 – 12)
Eat gelato in Germany, voyage through space with a tiger, discover the music of Brooklyn, and play a game of checkers in Russia in these short films made for grade school children.

SnapUp Tickets - Animation Made for Young Audiences - Ages 6-12 Competition (Gala)
1:00 PM Captain Morten and the Spider Queen
When Morten gets magically shrunk down to a size small enough to captain his own toy ship, the tiny boy has a big adventure! But with a wicked Spider Queen and Scorpion Pirate already aboard, being Captain is going to be anything but child’s play!

SnapUp Tickets - Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (Gala)
3:00 PM Hilda and the Midnight Giant, plus Q&A
The new series Hilda, about a blue-haired girl living in Trolberg, is based on the graphic novel series by Luke Pearson and sure to be a hit with all ages. Get a look at the first episode and a look at the making of the series with the team behind the show.
SnapUp Tickets - Hilda

Free Workshops & Activities!    |   Ateliers gratuits!
(Families, Kids 12 and under  |  Familles, enfants de 12 ans et moins)

Drop-In Pixilation Workshop
9:00am – 3:00pm 
Have fun with friends and family creating scenes using Pixilation – the animation style featured in Norman McLaren’s award-winning NFB film Neighbours.

Atelier ouvert de pixilation
9 h à 15 h
Amusez-vous avec des amis ou votre famille à créer des scènes en vous servant de la pixilation – le style d’animation présenté dans le film de l’ONF primé de Norman McLaren, Neighbours.

Voice Acting Workshop (Free)
9:30am      Full (some availability at the door)
10:30am    Full (some availability at the door)
1:30pm      availability at the door
(45 minutes)
Preregistration required (limited preregistration online, or onsite)
Voice casting agent Roberta Romano (Fountainhead Talent) and voice actor Denise Oliver (Dot/YTV’s Treehouse) will take you through the world of voice acting for animation and then give you a chance to put it all together with a script! (Recommended for children who can read.)

Atelier de doublage
9 h 30 | 10 h 30 | 13 h 30 (45 minutes)
Préinscription requise (préinscription limitée en ligne et sur les lieux)
L’agente de doublage Roberta Romano (Fountainhead Talent) et l’actrice de doublage Denise Oliver (Dot / Treehouse de YTV) vous feront visiter le monde du doublage pour l’animation et vous donneront l’occasion de le pratiquer avec un script! (Recommandé pour les enfants qui savent lire.)
Scratch Animation Workshop (Free)
10:00am     FULL (some availability at the door)
11:00am     FULL (some availibility at the door)
1:00pm       availability at the door
2:00 pm      availability at the door
(30 minutes)
Preregistration required (limited preregistration online, or onsite)
Create a short animated film! Scratch animation is fun for beginners and accomplished artists. Participants will draw, paint, or scratch on film stock. Presented in partnership with the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa.

Atelier d’animation par grattage
10 h | 11 h | 13 h | 14 h (30 minutes)
Préinscription requise (préinscription limitée en ligne et sur les lieux)
Créez un court métrage animé! L’animation par grattage est amusante tant pour les débutants que les artistes accomplis. Les participants vont dessiner, peinturer ou gratter sur de la pellicule de film. Présenté en partenariat avec la Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa.
Collage Animation Workshop (Free)
11:00am    FULL
12:00pm    Click to Register 
1:30pm      availability at the door
2:00pm      availability at the door
(30 minutes)
Preregistration required (limited preregistration online, or onsite)
Animation artist Tina Lemoine (MASC) will show you how to use cut-outs and found materials to create simple collage animations that you can recreate at home.

Atelier d’animation de collages
11 h | 12 h |13 h 30 | 14 h (30 minutes)
Préinscription requise (préinscription limitée en ligne et sur les lieux)
L’artiste en animation, Tina Lemoine (MASC), vous montrera utiliser des découpes et du matériel pour créer des animations par collage simples que vous pouvez recréer à la maison.
Firestone Gallery Tours
(30 minutes)

Kid-focused guided tours of the newly opened Firestone Gallery, featuring the works of Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven. Tours provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Firestone Gallery Tours
10 h | 11 h | midi | 13 h (30 minutes)

Visites guidées à l’intention des enfants de la galerie Firestone nouvellement ouverte, où sont exposées les œuvres de Tom Thompson et du Groupe des sept. Visites guidées fournies par la Galerie d’art d’Ottawa.
Reblink (Augmented Reality Art Installation)
ReBlink is a brand new way of experiencing and learning about art, one that makes you look twice: once directly at the painting, then a second time through the screen of your smartphone as the image transforms into a 3D “remix" of the original work.

Now in the nation’s capital for the first time at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, ReBlink invites you to look once at masterwork paintings like Drawing Lots by Canadian artist George Agnew Reid, Astronomy by Italian Luca Giordano and Marchesa Casati by British painter Augustus John, then look again with your smart device to see something completely new, something that you’ve likely never seen before or thought possible!

Space Dragon and Kim
Balloon House Productions will be at InGenius Jr. Day to share their new kids web series, Space Dragon and Kim, with everyone. You will be able to take a astro-selfie with Space Dragon and Kim and have fun with a Space Dragon and Kim colouring sheet!
Papa Frog VR

 "How can we get back to the basics of good storytelling, in an age that's all about over-the-top graphics, multi-million-dollar FX budgets, and hyper-visual eye-candy? Is all that really necessary to engage an audience anymore? Have we become so dependent on the latest top-of-the-line blockbusters that we can no longer appreciate a simple but well-told story? Can a homegrown team of artists without major funding achieve a VR experience that can emotionally move its viewers? We think so. Introducing Papa Frog

Papa Frog is a simple, dialogue-less VR short that was designed to be minimalist in visuals and complexity, yet rich and full in story and meaning. In short, getting back to what MATTERS in entertainment; the power of myth, the power of metaphor, real stories with real roots that help orient ourselves with what it means to be human. - Even if you're a frog. Our VR short tells the story of success where it starts in your heart and mind. Along with hard work and perseverance, you will achieve your goal. Though, arriving at the end result may not necessarily be the way you planned.

At this year's OIAF we are presenting a teaser trailer of Papa Frog featuring some of our technical interactive features and the mix of photorealism and stylized rendering.

NB/ There will be an assortment of Made Good brand snack products (free of the top 8 allergens|vegan|gluten free) for sale at Chez Ani, located on the 2nd Floor of Arts Court.
Other Screenings for Kids and Families at OIAF 2018
Sunday, Sept 30 - National Gallery of Canada 

As part of Ontario Culture Days, the National Gallery of Canada is offering FREE general admission to its collections. Bring your family and make a day of it!
Animation Celebration
Our Animation Celebration presentations are a chance for kids (ages 8-12) to get an inside look at the art of animation. The hour-long presentation includes a screening and a talk from an animation industry professional.

Presentations take place at Ottawa Art Gallery on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 11am and 1pm. (BOTH PRESENTATIONS ARE FULL!)

This year's presentation is a look at the making of Hilda, the new Netflix animated show.

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 613-232-8769 to register. 

To complete your day, Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) offers a range of fun and educational activities for Animation Celebration attendees on September 26. Book a tour or workshop here (spaces are limited): Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it