Ottawa International Animation Festival Returns for In-Person Festivities!

Ottawa International Animation Festival Returns for In-Person Festivities!


Have you heard the news? After a two-year hiatus, the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is back for in-person festivities!

The OIAF is one of the world’s oldest and leading animation events, providing screenings, exhibits, workshops, and entertainment since 1976. An annual five-day event, OIAF brings the art of animation and the industry together in a vibrant hub, attracting artists, producers, students, and animation fans across the world.

This year the OIAF will take place from September 21 to 25 throughout Downtown Rideau’s arts precinct. The main events will be held at ByTowne Cinema, Arts Court, and the Ottawa Art Gallery. There will also be some events held at the National Arts Centre, along with the Fairmont Château Laurier.

With its location conveniently nestled in Downtown Ottawa, there is always something to see and do. Before the festival consider grabbing a cocktail at the lovely Albion Rooms, located next to Arts Court. Can’t get enough of the arts scene? Visit Ottawa Little Theatre for a live theatre performance of their current play, On a First Name Basis.

The OIAF is a ticketed event, with price options for every budget. From $14 for individual tickets, $50 for day passes, and general passes starting at $130. The festival will also be providing a FREE day for all high school students on September 25.



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This Year’s Anticipated Highlights

2022 Official Competition

The Official Competition is a festival highlight which displays short, animated films in eight categories, animated feature films, and VR works, competing for prizes and awards. The judges are comprised of an international, six-person jury. Prizes and awards will be handed out on September 24, 2022.

This year, OIAF received 2457 entries from 96 different countries. Of those entries, 62 short films (including animated series) and seven feature films were selected for the competition. There will also be five projects running for Best Virtual Reality.

In addition to the selected films, there were also films selected for the Canadian Student Competition and several panorama films chosen to represent the efforts of Canadian, international, and student communities.

The OIAF is currently in the process of posting a series on Instagram titled ‘Meet the Jury,’ in which they introduce the judges of the 2022 Official Competition.


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Meet Pilar Newton-Katz! The remaining judges can be found on the OIAF Instagram.

Animation Exposé

The Animation Exposé will be held on September 24 at the National Arts Centre. This event will be surrounded by three themes: Artist Talks, Career Fair, and Book Signings.

What are Artist Talks?

This will be the ultimate listening and learning experience. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to the biggest names in animation discuss how to breakthrough into animation, the trials of creating some of today’s largest animated productions, and artists will take you on a behind the scenes look of the animation process.

Some of the names behind these talks are Netflix Animation, the creative team behind the new Animated Batman Universe produced by Warners Bros. Animation, and Scott Clark, of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

These Artists Talks are designed to inspire the next generation of animators, as well as give animation lovers a behind the scenes look at their favourite shows and movies.


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Tickets and Passes

If you are interested in attending the OIAF, tickets and passes are currently available for purchase on their website.

Hurry and grab your tickets and passes, as you don’t want to miss out on the world’s leading animation festival!



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