Ottawa International Animation Festival returns both online and in-person
North America’s biggest and longest-running animation fest, Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), kicks off this week!
After switching to a fully virtual format last year in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fun-filled festival returns for the 2021 season in a hybrid format with a mix of both online and offline screenings.
As usual, the festival will feature dozens of guest speakers, panelists, presentations and of course numerous screenings of animated works from all over the world. The most exciting part of the festival though is definitely the Official Competition which features animated works competing in various categories.
This year, a total of 2528 animated works from over a hundred different countries were submitted. Of those, 107 were chosen to be screened at the festival—a mix of shorts, series and feature films. This year, this includes entries from small studios and independent filmmakers to big fish like works produced by CBS and Cartoon Network. Excitingly, five entries will also be competing under the new Virtual Reality (VR category). Additionally, 23 other works were also selected for the Canadian Student Competition.
OIAF 2021 Awards categories:
The Ottawa International Animation Festival 2021 runs from Sept. 22nd to Oct. 3rd. For the full schedule of events and screenings, and to purchase festival passes, visit the OIAF website.
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