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OIAF 2016 Winners Announced!

Another year, another OIAF, another Festival round up!


The 2016 OIAF Awards Ceremony took place on Saturday September 24th at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. Congratulations are also in order for Diane Obomsawin whose film J’AIME LES FILLES (I LIKE GIRLS) took home the Nelvana Grand Prize for Independent Short Animation! The Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature went to Jean-François Laguionie’s quiet and moving LOUISE EN HIVER.

A full list of prize winners can be found here and the official OIAF Award Winners press release can be found here!


A correction: William Martin’s BOUNCING BLUNDERS won an honourable mention for Best Canadian Student Animation! Unfortunately, when it was announced via release, it was incorrectly attributed to the wrong school. Congratulations to SENECA COLLEGE for their win! Please see the updated release on the website here.


The OIAF wants to bring animation to local at-risk youth! We’re working with MASC and the United Way to offer a free 3-hour presentation to local youth so that they can learn about animation and create their own short animation project.

The presentation includes a 40min screening program, curated by the OIAF, showcasing films that use simple methods such as cut-outs and found objects. Following the screening is an ‘Animation on the Light Table’ workshop will be led by MASC instructor Tina Le Moine where the students will manipulate natural materials and cut-out characters on a light table, and produce a short film.

We need to raise $3000 to make this project happen – if you’re interested in helping us out, follow this link to find out more information and to make a donation – our fundraising deadline is Wednesday October 5th!


While we had everyone in town for the Festival, we got them to do some collaborative animation.

Simon Drouin and the NFB brought LINES to our 40th Anniversary party NIGHTOWL. It’s a program that allows four people to animate simultaneously, creating a liberating flow of creativity that was a big hit at the party. Check out the compiled animation here or the official Facebook page here!

KXB Studio was also out at various venues and parties during the Festival, letting people animate via their Frame by Frame program! They pulled together everyone’s efforts into a collaborative, multimedia, stop-motion animation that highlights the Festival attendees and our beloved Evelyn the Owl!

More info on KXB Studio is here.

Watch the finished OIAF film courtesy of KXB here!

Thanks to everyone who came out the Festival, and helped make our 40th Anniversary amazing! Hope to see you next year!

Source: Ottawa International Animation Festival | September 2016

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