The animation world descended upon Ottawa September 17-21, 2014 for the 20th edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). This festival showcases the best, the up and coming and the brightest in animation from all over the world. The OIAF also honours studios that have made significant contributions to the field of animation. This year’s accolaides went to the Walt Disney Studios.
Out of all of the many events, talks and screenings OIAF held during this year’s Festival, I attended two screenings on Saturday, September 20th: Short Animation for Children and Animation Series for Children. I chose these screenings so that I could take my daughters out for a day of animated fun. These two screenings were being held at the National Art Gallery (NAG) in one of their theatres.
When we arrived to the Short Animation for Children screening and took our seat in the theatre, we saw that there animation lovers of all ages present to view the short films. There were also juries in attendance at both screenings that was made up of three children to choose a winner out of these groups of films and television shows. There would also awards given out to the best in each category as voted on by the juries and those in attendance for each of the screenings.
This was my younger daughter’s first year attending the OIAF, and she was so excited to sit in a theatre and watch these screenings. She could barely sit still in her seat. Since this was my younger daughter’ first time in a theatre like this, I made sure to stay in the back to make sure that I could leave if she was becoming listless. She commented on the entries she really liked and was happy to applaud at the end of each animated piece of work. For my eldest, this is one of her favourite festivals held in Ottawa. She is a budding artist herself, and she loves to see all of the different styles of animation from all over the world.
Once the Short Animation for Children screening was over, we had just under an hour until our next screening, so I took the ladies out for a bit of lunch. We ate in the Byward Market area since it was close by the NAG. While we were on our way to eat, I took some shots of the NAG and the girls as we were leaving for lunch. The NAG is such a beautiful building, I had to take pictures of it while we were here!
After our quick lunch, we returned to the NAG for the Animation Series for Children. We laughed and marveled at the various animated shows for children that made this screening. For both screenings, we all had a different favourite that we thought should win out of its category. Here we are choosing which ones we thought were the best from what we saw.
After we left the theatre, we took a few minutes to collect ourselves before returning home. There was an area just outside of our theatre at the NAG where people could just sit back for a few minutes, sit down and relax before taking on more screenings or the rest of the NAG. It had this wonderful water feature as part of its ceiling. We became mystified by its beauty. My younger daughter also wanted to go up to the next level in order to splash in it, but I had to advise her otherwise.
Sadly, it was time to leave the NAG and the OIAF. As we were on our way home, we cut through the Byward Market again, and my younger daughter was having fun in one of the gorgeous courts in the area. We fell in love with this charming dancing bear statue, and my little one decided to say hello to a pigeon, but it wanted nothing to do with her.
The OIAF is a wonderful festival to attend at any stage of your life, and there is really something for everyone to enjoy! Hopefully, I can have my daughter attend one of the workshops available for high school students so she can really see what it is like to be an animator. I would also like to attend more of the Talks the OIAF hold with the animators from different animation studios, as I am a huge animation fan myself, and listen to them talk about their experiences in their careers. If you want to learn more about animation from those in the know, the OAIF is the festival where you can learn and experience this fascinating world. I can’t wait to attend next year’s festival!
Here is a list of winners and honourable mentions from all of the categories of the screenings the OIAF put together during their festival. Congratulations to all of the animated pieces that were screened this year.
The Nelvana 2014 GRAND PRIZE for Best Short Animation:
Hipopotamy by Piotr Dumala (Poland)
Butter Ya’ Self by Julian Petschek (USA)
The 2014 GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature:
Seth’s Dominion by Luc Chamberland (Canada)
The 2014 Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation is:
1000 Plateaus (2004-2014) by Steve Woloshen
Soif by Michele Cournoyer
MTL Rush by Matthieu Guimond
Sony Pictures Animation Public Prize
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos by Konstantin Bronzit (Russia)
Best Narrative Short Animation:
Marilyn Myller by Mikey Please (UK & United States)
Phantom Limb by Alex Grigg (UK & Australia)
Best Laika Experimental/ Abstract Animation:
Eager by Allison Schulnik (USA)
Totem by Caleb Wood (USA)
Walt Disney Award for Best Graduation Animation:
Things Don’t Fit by Tim Divall (UK)
Somewhere by Nicolas Ménard (UK)
Crazy Little Things by Onohana (Japan)
Best Undergraduate Animation:
Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day by Christian Larrave (USA)
Best High School Animation:
Priorities by Gints Zilbalodis (Latvia)
Dance of Death by Choi Ye Won, Lee young guen & Park So Young (South Korea)
Best Animation School Showreel:
Rhode Island School of Design (USA)
Tokyo School of the Arts (Japan)
Best Canadian Student Animation:
Soupe aux Carottes, Charles Lavoie, Concordia University
Lucy & the Limbs, Edlyn Capulong, Sheridan College
MTL Rush, Mathieu Guimond, Concordia University
Best Promotional Animation:
Holland Animation Film Festival ‘2014 Festival Leader’ by Andreas Hykade (Germany & Netherlands)
2013 Festival National du Film d’Animation ‘Fight!’ by Marc James Roels (Belgium & France)
Best Music Video:
Christopher Bono ‘Unity’ by Tobias Stretch (USA)
Honourable Mention to:
James ‘Moving On’ by Ainslie Henderson (UK)
Best Animation Series for Adults:
Crime: The Animated Series by Sam Chou & Alix Lambert (USA)
Heaven’s Countryland Part 1: Childhood story of Kim Jong Un’ by David Oreilly (USA)
Here are the winners from the screenings we saw at the OIAF
Best Short Animation for Children:
Magic Time by Kine Aune (Norway)
Anatole’s Little Saucepan by Eric Montchaud (France)
The Fish-Tale Girl by Serhiy Melnichenko (Ukraine)
Here are the winners from the screenings my girls and I attended:
Best Animation Series for Children:
Les larmes du crocodile by Agnés Lecreux, Steven De Beul & Ben Tesseur (France)
Regular Show ‘The Last Laserdisc Player’ by JG Quintel (USA)
The Scent of Carrots by Arnaud Demuynck & Rémi Durin (France).
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