Young Audiences + Teens
Young Audiences Program
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) 2022 Kids Jury is a unique opportunity for animation enthusiasts ages 8-12 to judge animation made for young audiences at North America’s largest animation festival.
Ten kid jury members will be divided into two juries to judge one of the two Young Audiences categories at OIAF on Saturday, September 24.
Each jury member and their family will be given a complimentary AnimaPass to enjoy the entire festival.
The ten selected jury members will be invited to the Festival on Saturday, September 24 for Family Day at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). The kids will spend the morning judging the short films in one of two Animation for Young Audiences competitions – Preschool or Ages 6-12 – then they will take a snack break, and deliberate with OIAF22 Jury Coordinator Pilar Newton-Katz. The two juries will decide on a winner for their respective categories. At 7 pm, everyone will meet again at the National Arts Centre (NAC) where the kids will present the awards to the winning filmmakers at the OIAF awards ceremony.
The submission deadline was July 15, 2022. Applications are now closed.
Please apply in 2023!
Family Day at OIAF22
The OIAF presents Family Day at the OAG!
- A highlight for younger animation fans is Family Day at the OAG on Saturday, September 24!
- The day features screenings, talks and hands-on workshops that will give your kids a taste of a real animation festival.
- The screenings offer a chance to see films that offer different perspectives and kid-friendly stories that the whole family can enjoy.
- Best of all, tickets are free for kids 12 and under!
The Family Day program happens every year at the Festival – join us in-person Saturday, September 24.
Field Trip! The OIAF invites elementary school students and their teachers to attend this one-hour screening and talk with an animation professional that will give your students an inside look at the art of animation.
Past speakers have included representatives from Aardman Animation (Wallace and Gromit), the National Film Board of Canada and Laika (Coraline).
Stay tuned for youth programming announcements in September!
- This free event for local elementary school students (ages 8-12, Grade 3 and up) takes place on Wednesday, September 21 at the OAG – 10 Daly Ave
- The sit-down presentation is offered at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm.
Before or after the presentation, visit or book a tour or activity with the OAG at on their website.
Teachers, reserve a spot for your class:
Resources for Young Audiences
The OIAF is happy to offer the following free resources year-round for families and teachers to help young audiences experience animated films, workshops, and behind-the-scenes features.
OIAF Animation for Young Audiences Playlist
Enjoy a selection of past OIAF picks for the entire family, presented by Shaw Rocket Fund! The films in this showcase were screened between 2016 and 2019 at OIAF in competition as part of the Animation for Young Audiences programs. The OIAF is an Oscar-qualifying film festival, running every September in Canada’s Capital since 1976.
Animation at Home with Tina Le Moine
Check out these two tutorials with Tina Le Moine and learn how to make animated content at home.
Learn how to animate with every scrap of material you find around you! Grab any object you want to see come alive – your kitchen sponge, your favourite sock, or your sibling’s favourite toy – and get ready to make them the stars of your animated film. Tina Le Moine will use a phone, iPad, or other recording device to guide you through an easy animation lesson that will bring life to the objects around you!
Do your parents have too much paper piling up from all of their online orders? Use that stack to draw some crazy creatures and then make them move! All you need is some paper, scissors and a black pen. Tina Le Moine will use a phone, iPad, or other recording device to guide you through an easy animation lesson that will turn big paper stacks into an animated short!
Toon Apprentice Program for Teens
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, Max the Mutt, and more!
Field Trip! UPDATE: This event is at capacity for 2022, please sign up for the waitlist:
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!
Volunteer at OIAF22
Need to do some volunteer hours? We’ve got you.
Being a Volunteer with the OIAF presents some excellent opportunities and benefits:
- Get a FREE volunteer pass to attend screenings & workshops
- Get a FREE OIAF 2022 t-shirt
- Learn about the world of animation film
- Make new friends and get work experience!
The application portal opens this June.
Resources for Teens
The OIAF is happy to offer the following free resources year-round for teens and high school teachers to help young audiences experience animated films, workshops, and behind-the-scenes features.
Who Does What at an Animation Studio?
The OIAF partnered with Jam Filled Entertainment to offer the free Jam Filled Toon Apprentice Program to high school teachers across Canada during OIAF21. They have also created this valuable resource outlining the various roles and jobs available in an animation studio.
OIAF Animation Revelation Playlist for Teens
Want to check out animation as you’ve never seen it before? Watch below:
Guide to Animation Schools
Interested in studying animation? Know someone who is?
Please share the OIAF’s Guide to Schools! OIAF produces this annual guide for anyone considering studying animation in a post-secondary setting.
It features artist interviews, career insights, school profiles, and other cool resources directed at newbies and emerging animators alike.
Watch for the 2023 edition in December!