Toon Apprentice Day for Teens

presented by Jam Filled Entertainment

Toon Apprentice Day (Free!)

Teachers, mark your calendars! The Toon Apprentice Day for Teens is Friday, September 23 – in person, in Ottawa.

The OIAF is happy to be partnering with local animation company Jam Filled Entertainment – who have worked on shows such as DC Superhero Girls, Thomas & Friends, The Casagrandes, etc., again this year to present Toon Apprentice Day for Teens! High school students interested in animation will not want to miss this event. Teachers, bring your students to check out amazing animated films from around the world and catch presentations by the top animation schools.  

  • This free event for local high school students takes place on Friday, September 23 at the OAG – 10 Daly Ave
  • The sit-down presentations start at 9:30 am with teen-friendly screenings and presentations from leading animation schools such as: Sheridan College, Vancouver Film School, Seneca College, and Algonquin College!

Field Trip! UPDATE: This event is at capacity for 2022, please sign up for the waitlist:

Toon Apprentice Day Schedule

9:00 am   Doors Open

9:30 am   Meet the Schools presentations and teen-friendly short film screenings begin

11:05 am   Jam Filled Entertainment will host a behind-the-scenes studio presentation

11:50 am   Lunch Break Meet the Schools Fair in Sky Lounge

12:30 pm – 2:20 pm   Presentations and screenings continue

Meet the Schools

Are you interested in working for an animation studio one day? Start with choosing an animation school at the Meet the Schools presentations. These top animation schools including Algonquin College, Seneca College, Sheridan College, and Vancouver Film School will give 20-minute presentations about what their schools have to offer. Collect information and talk to school representatives about the career opportunities that these schools can set a great foundation for.

Vancouver Film School (VFS)

Colin Giles, Head of The School of Animation & VFX, Vancouver Film School

Moze Mertens, Teaching Assistant, Classical Animation & Vancouver Film School Aluma


Seneca College

Sean Craig, Program Coordinator & Animation Professor


Sheridan College

Mario Positano, MA, Program Coordinator and Digital Tools Professor


Presenting Partner:

Inside an Animation Studio presented by Jam Filled Entertainment

Get ready for a dynamic 40-minute behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work at a local animation studio! Jam Filled Entertainment will cover the creative and artistic jobs at an animation studio and the essential logistics and administrative career options found in animation. This insider look into a real animation studio is sure to inspire high school students who are curious about cool career options for their future.

Mike Barth – Animation Director

Michael Hunter – Director of Creative Culture

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NiCE and Sisler CREATE Panel: 

Nickelodeon Community Efforts (NiCE) presents Sisler High School’s Orange Tree Project

Get inspired by the high schoolers learning animation at Winnipeg’s Sisler High School! Hear from the students, their teacher, and their Nickelodeon mentors as they share their high school filmmaking journey and offer insights into balancing creative and academic projects, gaining new technical and artistic skills, and collaborating with the industry professionals at Nickelodeon.


The Orange Tree Project (OTP):

An animation mentorship program with artists from Nickelodeon. Last year, five mentors meet with a group of both high school and post-high CREATE students once amonth to give feedback on the creation of two animated short films.  An OTP animated series development mentorship project with Nickelodeon.  Six students in the CREATE post-high program are worked with four mentors on the creation of a series from concept to show bible, etc.

Leslie Wishnevski, Manager – Animation Development, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Christine Luu, Senior Manager – Recruitment, Nickelodeon Animation Studio


CREATE program: 

École Secondaire Sisler High School, part of The Winnipeg School Division (WSD), is the largest publicly funded high school in Manitoba serving over 1800 students. The program provides students with hands-on experiences and real-world opportunities through its offering of 24 courses in animation, game design, app development, augmented reality, virtual reality, film, motion graphics, and other digital media.  The program currently works with major studios and organizations like Nelvana, Nickelodeon, Rise Up Animation, Toon Boom, Ubisoft, Wacom and more to provide mentorship, internship and work placements for students. Learn more by visiting:  or follow us @SislerCREATE

Jamie Leduc, Animation Teacher, CREATE Department Head at Sisler High School
Jasper “Jas” Leduc, a graduate of the Sisler High School’s CREATE program
Sam Balanial, a graduate of the Sisler High School’s CREATE program


Brainstream Interactive Screening: 

Brainstream, Caroline Robert, Director

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You’re inside the head of D., a young girl who’s livestreaming her brain activity during a new kind of treatment session. Online, along with other participants, you massage her brain, experiencing the free flow of her thoughts, emotions and obsessions. Now, she’s telling you about her weekend. Earlier, her anxiety played some catchy beats that still lurk in one corner of her mind—like an earworm that won’t let go. Keep massaging. It’s doing her some good. In exchange, she’s giving you a guided tour of what’s going on inside her head, empowered by your gestures and stimulating presence. D. opens up as her mind wanders—perhaps a little bit like your own mind. Brainstream is an interactive animated film that explores, with sensitivity and humour, the mysteries of brain activity and the unpredictable trajectory of our thoughts.

(available in two durations: 5 or 20 minutes)

Toon Apprentice Pass (Free!)

Teens, add it to your phones!  The OIAF is happy to be partnering with local animation company Jam Filled Entertainment again this year to offer a free Toon Apprentice Pass presented by Jam Filled Entertainment to all interested students. 

  • The Toon Apprentice Pass grants all local teens access to all OIAF screenings and programming at Animation Exposé at the NAC until 6 pm on Saturday, September 24.  Pre-registration and school ID required
  • Don’t miss: Animation Exposé which features live talks with animation artists, and the opportunity to meet representatives from animation schools, as part of the Career Fair.

The Box Office is open!

Teachers, mark your calendars! 

     The Toon Apprentice Day for Teens is Friday, September 23 – in person, in Ottawa.

Teens, add it to your phones! 

      Animation Exposé is Saturday, September 24 at the NAC. Experience a full day of talks from companies like Disney, Pixar and more. Use your Toon Apprentice Pass to meet with animation schools while you are there!