Ottawa Int'l Animation Festival confirms the 45th online edition
Il Ottawa International Animation Festival, one of the largest and best known animation events in the world, will be held online for an extended period from From the September 22 to the 3 October. Organizers hoped that an in-person event might be possible in 2021, but current predictions for the pandemic indicate that a safe and enjoyable event would be difficult to organize.
“OIAF 2020 online has been a huge success for film presentation and talks with artists and industry have been a success with the animation community, including students and fans from across North America and around the world. This year will be even better, ”said Chief Executive Kelly Neall.
OIAF online will feature all of the Festival's favorite events live, including the official competition and panoramic screenings showing the best new animated films from around the world. Attendees will once again be able to take part in a wide range of artist and industry talks, meet animation schools and recruiters, and simply hang out with some of the best animators in the world. InGenius Jr Day for Families will return, along with free events for high school students. The event will extend its dates, giving attendees two full weeks to take all the content home.
The animation conference, The industry event of the OIAF, will move online again, offering some enhanced networking opportunities that will give delegates unprecedented access to development executives from around the world.
The passes will go on sale this summer. Animation students will again have access to a heavily discounted pass which will provide access to all screenings and speeches.
“Having to race online again isn't what we anticipated this year,” said art director Chris Robinson. “But so be it. We are ready for the challenge again and will continue to offer audiences the usual OIAF mix of fun, hilarious, challenging, maddening and pleasantly quirky as we all look forward to a return in person again in 2022. ”
Further information on the Festival will be available during the summer, including pass and ticket prices along with programming details. Currently, the OIAF is still accepting entries for this year's online edition. As always, there is no registration fee and the deadline is May 31st.