Young Audiences

Kids at OIAF

Young Audience Program

Two popular programs at OIAF are the Young Audiences 3+ Competition and the Young Audiences 7+ Competition which are a curated collection of short animated films made for kids and kids at heart.  

“With children able to access more shows and animation than ever before in the history of human existence, the OIAF strives to find beautiful, engaging, and thoughtful works that families aren’t necessarily able to find on their favourite streaming gadgets.” – Chris Robinson, OIAF Artistic Director

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Kids Jury

The OIAF 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.

Applications for 2023 will be posted here in mid-July 2023.

Animation Celebration

Field Trip! Every year the OIAF invites elementary school students and their teachers to attend a one-hour screening and talk with an animation professional that will give students an inside look at the art of animation.

At Animation Celebration 2022, guest animator Britt Raes screened her short film Luce and the Rock and then led a captivating and exciting Q&A session about how she made the film! There were also fun rock characters and colouring crafts for after the presentation. 

Information for teachers will be sent out in mid-June 2023. 

Family Day at OIAF

  • A highlight for younger animation fans is Family Day at the OIAF, on the Saturday of the Festival at the Ottawa Art Gallery
  • The day features screenings 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.

Family Day 2022 was presented by Shaw Rocket Fund and saw kids and their families from the community attend screenings and workshops at the OAG. Here is a sample of the stop-motion animation made this year:    Coming soon!

Information about Family Day will be posted here as it develops for OIAF 2023.  Stay tuned! 

Teens at OIAF

Toon Apprentice Day

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 and special guests.  

  • This free event for local high school students takes place on the Friday of the Festival at a downtown Ottawa venue.
  • Stay tuned for programming updates for 2023!

For Toon Apprentice Day in 2022, the OIAF happily partnered with local animation company Jam Filled Entertainment to present this inspiring day to high school students. Check out this valuable resource outlining the various roles and jobs available in an animation studio > Learn about Animation Studio positions at Jam Filled Entertainment.

Information for teachers will be sent out in mid-June 2023. 

Toon Apprentice Pass (Free!)

  • The Toon Apprentice Pass grants all local teens access to all OIAF screenings and programming on the Saturday of the Festival, including Animation Exposé talks and a career fair.
  • Don’t miss Animation Exposé: featuring live talks with animation artists and the opportunity to meet representatives from animation schools as part of the career fair.

Volunteer at OIAF

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 t-shirt
  • Learn about the world of animation film
  • Make new friends and get work experience

There are also year-round opportunities with the Canadian Film Institute including the International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) in March 2023.