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From September 26-30, 2018 downtown Ottawa will once again be the stage where you can enjoy the world's most cutting-edge, thoughtful, funny and provocative animation films while mingling with many of animation's most celebrated stars, studios and characters.

Whether you love classic cartoons, mind-bending experiments, fantastic digital creations, dazzling effects, technical fireworks, thought provoking observations, or pure gut-busting fun, there is something for everyone and anyone at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OlAF).

For 42 years, the OlAF has attracted film and animation buffs, art lovers and filmmakers from around the globe. You won't want to miss this year's exciting line-up of screenings, workshops, panels and parties taking place at the ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Arts Court, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, and the Chateau Laurier.

Read the 2017 PROGRAM BOOK for an overview of everything that happens at the OIAF.

Want some visuals?  Have a look at this great clip by Victory Arts for a tour of the OIAF:


Du 26 au 30 septembre, le plus grand festival d'animation d’Amérique du Nord se tient une fois de plus dans la capitale canadienne. Profitez des films d’animation les plus avant-gardistes, drôles, poignants et démagogiques, tout en vous mêlant aux plus grandes figures, studios et personnages de l'animation.

Que vous aimiez les dessins animés classiques, les expériences hallucinantes, les incroyables créations numériques, les effets spéciaux époustouflants, les pensées qui font cogiter, ou le simple plaisir de se tordre de rire, il y a toujours quelque chose pour vous au Festival International d’Animation d’Ottawa (OIAF).

Depuis 1976, l’OIAF attire les amateurs de films et d’animation, les férus d'art et cinéastes du monde entier. Ne manquez pas nos incontournables projections, ateliers, conférences et soirées qui se déroulent au cinéma ByTowne, à la Cour des Arts, à la Galerie nationale du Canada, au Centre Saint Brigid pour les arts et au Château Laurier.

Rejoignez-nous pour fêter l'animation sous toutes ses formes!
2017 Festival Poster


EliseElise Simard is a Montreal based animator and film director who has contributed visual signatures and handmade special effects for documentary features and animated shorts. For the past 10 years she has been expanding her body of work through experimental and exploratory filmmaking - her favorite subjects being the ordinary, the sublime, and the imperceptible affairs of our human states.

"I wanted to create an image about the ecstasy of watching a film you are falling for - the feeling you get the moment you realize you are in for a treat, as you sit back and let your guard down. I wanted to create an image to honour the inspiring, weird and beautiful films I see every year at the Ottawa International Animation Festival."

Elise Simard
Montreal, Canada

Competition Feature Jury

Christophe Gérard

Christophe Gérard Christophe Gérard is a writer and director of live action and animation films including the multi-award winning short Child Dream (2015). He also designs and directs the scenography of hugely successful shows held in the Oberhausen Gasometer and at the Hayward Gallery, London including Eyes, Lies & Illusions, on the origin of the moving image. He is currently working on his first feature film, Par-Delà Les Plaines, and on the cinematographic adaptation of Epileptic, David B.’s graphic novel. Christophe teaches at University College London (United Kingdom). 

Christophe Gérard est auteur et réalisateur de films de prise de vue réelle et d'animation, dont l'œuvre plusieurs fois récompensée Child Dream (2015). Il conçoit et dirige également la scénographie de spectacles renommés, organisés au Gasometer d'Oberhausen et à la Hayward Gallery de Londres, notamment Eyes, Lies & Illusions, sur les origines de l'image en mouvement. Il travaille actuellement sur son premier long métrage, Par-Delà Les Plaines, et sur l'adaptation cinématographique d'Epileptic, le roman graphique de David B. Christophe enseigne par ailleurs à l'University College de Londres (Royaume-Uni).

Bob Sabiston 

Bob Sabiston Bob Sabiston and his company Flat Black Films are best known for the interpolated rotoscoping technique used in the movies Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. Bob has spent his career developing and using software for creating innovative animation. He is the director of many award-winning animated short films, starting with Beat Dedication (1987) and Grinning Evil Death (1991), both featured on MTV’s Liquid Television. His other shorts include Snack and Drink, Roadhead, Grasshopper, and God’s Little Monkey. In recent years Bob has developed several creative apps and videogames, most recently Butterfly: Inchworm Animation II for Nintendo 3DS. 

Bob Sabiston et son entreprise Flat Black Films sont surtout connus pour la technique de rotoscopie interpolée utilisée dans les films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. Bob a passé sa carrière à développer et à utiliser des logiciels pour créer une animation innovante. Il est le réalisateur de nombreux courts métrages animés primés, dont Beat Dedication (1987) et Grinning Evil Death (1991), tous deux présentés dans l'émission Liquid Television sur MTV. Parmi ses autres courts métrages, on trouve Snack and Drink, Roadhead, Grasshopper et God’s Little Monkey. Dernièrement, Bob a développé plusieurs applications créatives et jeux vidéo, notamment Butterfly: Inchworm Animation II pour la Nintendo 3DS.

Amanda Strong
Amanda StrongAmanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker, media artist and stop motion director currently based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory, also known as Vancouver. Amanda’s work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology. Her background in photography, illustration and media extend into her detailed award-winning works. Her films challenge conventional structures of storytelling in cinema and have screened internationally, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa. Amanda is currently developing a graphic novel, an animated VR and two new short animations, Wheetago War and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes).

Amanda Strong est une cinéaste autochtone (Michif), artiste médiatique et réalisatrice d'animation image par image, vivant actuellement sur l'ancien territoire de Coast Salish, aujourd'hui plus connu sous le nom de Vancouver. Le travail d'Amanda explore les idées de mémoire du sang et d'idéologie autochtone. Ses expériences en photographie, illustration et médias sont déployées dans certaines de ses œuvres primées. Ses films défient les structures narratives conventionnelles au cinéma et ont été programmés à travers le monde entier, notamment à Cannes, au TIFF, au VIFF et à Ottawa. Amanda développe actuellement un roman graphique, animé en Réalité Virtuelle et deux nouveaux courts métrages d'animation, Wheetago War et Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes).

Competition Short Jury

Janice Nadeau

Janice NadeauJanice Nadeau studied graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal and illustration at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg (France) before working as an art director for various organizations. Over the years she has illustrated a number of books and is a three-time recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Illustration—one of which for Nul poisson où aller, which she later adapted for her first animated film, No Fish Where to Go, co-directed by Nicola Lemay. Mamie, her solo directorial debut, is a personal and intimate story co-produced by the NFB and Folimage.

Janice Nadeau a étudié la conception graphique à l'Université du Québec à Montréal et l'illustration à l'École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg (France) avant de travailler comme directrice artistique pour diverses structures. Au fil des années, elle a illustré bon nombre de livres et a été trois fois lauréate du Prix du Gouverneur général pour l'illustration, dont l'un pour Nul poisson où aller, qu'elle a ensuite adapté pour son premier film d'animation, No Fish Where to Go, co-réalisé par Nicola Lemay. Mamie, qui marque ses débuts de réalisatrice indépendante, est une histoire personnelle et intime co-produite par l'ONF et Folimage.

Marta Pajek
Marta Pajek Marta Pajek was born in 1982 in Kielce/Poland. She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków in 2005, at the Faculty of Graphic, with an animated film diploma in the class of Jerzy Kucia. As part of an exchange programme she studied in Turku Arts Academy in the class of Priit Pärn. She works as a free-lance animator and animated film director, does video works for theatre and workshops for children. Her animated shorts include Sleepincord and Impossible Figures and Other Stories II, which is part of an animated film triptych.

Marta Pajek est née en 1982 à Kielce en Pologne. En 2005, elle est diplômée en Cinéma d'animation à l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de Cracovie, dans la classe de Jerzy Kucia à la Faculté de graphisme. Dans le cadre d'un programme d'échange, elle étudie ensuite à Turku Arts Academy dans la classe de Priit Pärn. Elle travaille aujourd'hui comme animatrice indépendante et réalisatrice de film d'animation, pour le cinéma et pour des ateliers pour enfants. On compte parmi ses courts métrages Sleepincord et Impossible Figures and other stories II, seconde partie d'un triptyque animé.

Theodore Ushev

TheoTheodore Ushev was born in Bulgaria and earned a master's degree in graphic and poster design at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia in 1995. He taught there for several years before moving to Canada in 1999. He works in multimedia, illustration, animation and has exhibited his posters in Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Japan, Denmark and Russia.

His digital animation films have been selected by many festivals, including Annecy, Ottawa, Sundance, Toronto, Montreal, Valladolid, Rio de Janeiro, Dresden, Tampere and Leipzig. Theodore has since 2003 worked regularly in the Animation and Youth Studio at the National Film Board of Canada.

OIAF 17 Media Prize

Awarded by members of the Canadian media.


Di Golding

Di GoldingDi Golding is freelance film columnist for the CBC Radio 1 programme All In A Day, and for CBC Radio Canada syndication. She is also a film critic and editor for dearcastandcrew.com, and a regular contributor for Ottawa Magazine. Di studied scriptwriting at Algonquin College, and studied comedy screenwriting under SCTV scribe Dave Flaherty through Humber College. She has exactly one IMDb credit. 


Ramin S. Khanjani
Ramin S. Khanjani Ramin S. Khanjani obtained his Master's degree in Film Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa. His writings have been appeared in various magazines and journals such as Offscreen, Film International and Iranian Film Monthly. He is the author of Animating Eroded Landscape: The Cinema of Ali Hatami (H&S Media, 2014) and the director of the short film, Spectrum (2017). 


Pat Mullen

Pat Mullen Pat Mullen is the associate online editor of POV Magazine, Canada's destination for documentary culture. He covers film at Cinemablographer.com, contributes to The Canadian Encyclopedia, serves as a pre-screener for Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, and is a member of the Online Film Critics Society.