This September 25-29, downtown Ottawa will be filled with animation fans and professionals here to watch the latest, most cutting-edge animation in the industry. Aside from tons of screenings to go see, there is so much stuff for you totally tubular teens to do! (And most of it is freeeeee!)
Whether you’re an amateur animator looking to learn more skills and meet with schools or just a big fan of animated hits like Steven Universe and Big Mouth, you’ll be able to fill your weekend with tons of fun!
Dreaming of being an animator?
Get your high school to bring your class to the National Gallery on Friday, September 27 for Toon Apprentice Day. At no cost to the school, or individuals, you and your friends can attend a day of presentations by animation schools, student competition screenings, and partake in a VR workshop! This day will be invaluable to students interested in pursuing animation after high school. Tell your teachers you want to go! Or ditch school and come on your own, that’s cool with us.
Then, on Saturday, September 29, come to the NAC for the Exposé Fair. Meet with even more animation school representatives and some of the animation studios that make your favourite shows! The Fair is open to the public, and so is the Tech Pavillion where you can learn about and try out virtual reality. The future is now! Live drawing art sessions and fireside chats with industry professionals are also happening, all for free!
But if you’re really serious, you’ll want to get some hands-on training, right? How does learning character design with the studio that made Netflix hit Hilda sound? Mercury Filmworks and the Algonquin College Animation Program will teach you character design techniques as you learn to draw Hilda herself on Sunday, September 29 1pm-4pm at Algonquin College.
What else can you do for FREE?
Want to check out the Festival but can’t cough up the cash? Of course not, you’ve got to spend your money on memes and baes and Neopets! (Those are still cool, right?) Get your squad together on Saturday, September 28 and get to the NAC to pick up your Toon Apprentice Pass! It’s free if you can show us your valid high school ID. (No promises we won’t laugh at your awkward photo.) With your pass, you can go to all the Animation Exposé talks happening at the NAC (You don’t want to miss your chance to see Rebecca Sugar talking about Steven Universe The Movie, do you?), and anything else happening at the Festival, until 6pm.
Volunteering ain’t cost no thang! Well, it will cost you your time, but in exchange for your time (at least two 4-hour shifts) and hard work (nah, it’s usually not that hard) you will get your Volunteer Pass, which is nearly as good as a full AnimaPass! (There are a few restrictions.) You need to get those volunteer hours to graduate, so might as well get them doing something cool. Sign up online and get ready to have fun being a part of North America’s largest animation festival (#brag).
Ready to party down?
You’ve got moves to bust and a groove thang to shake. Saturday night’s the night! The night of NightOwl. September 28, 9pm - 2am you can dance your way all over one of the coolest buildings downtown- the Ottawa Art Gallery & Arts Court. You know, that new big white cube attached to the haunted old courthouse. That cube will be full of live music performances, DJs, and gallery tours and the haunted courthouse (Yes, there are jail cells in the basement. Yes, they are haunted.) will be full of VR, sketching cosplay models, and more DJs! There will be more than one spot to get yourself a fancy mocktail and snacks. It’s two buildings, four levels, indoors, outdoors, all ages. Maximum levels of fun will be achieved! This one will cost you, though- $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Are you convinced? Will we see you in September? (The answer is yes or you’re grounded.)