The Ottawa International Animation Festival Announces its Official Selections for the 2021 festival

Ottawa ON ~ Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s oldest and largest animation event, announced its Official Competition selections today. Out of the 2528 entries received by the festival, 35 Canadians films and series were selected as a part of this year’s Official Competition and 18 Canadian films were selected as a part of the Panoramas. This year’s Canadian Official Competition and Panorama selections do not shy away from the emerging issues that the country has been trying to reconcile in recent years.

“Canadian animators continue to surprise, amaze and inspire at the OIAF. This year’s crop of Canadian competitors feature an array of innovative techniques and designs from almost every corner of Canada, along with stories and themes that tackle an assortment of preoccupations and challenges like residential schools”, says OIAF Artistic Director, Chris Robinson. “ There’s comedy, horror, absurdity, drama, along with the usual stuff that will completely baffle some audiences. No matter your tastes, there’s something for young, old and in between at OIAF21.”
Highlights:
  • Meneath: Hidden Island of Ethics (Terril Calder) explores the challenges of a young girl examining her mixed ancestry; the duality of the European and Indigenous ethics embedded inside her. Calder’s raw yet logical approach does not shy away from the complexity of this topic, one that is at the heart of current national discourse.
  • Receiving the Fipresci Award at Annecy 2021, The Shaman’s Apprentice (Zacharias Kunuk) is another film that is sure to be an audience favorite. Kunuk’s film brings audiences on a journey alongside a young shaman who must face her first test to find answers as to why a community member has become ill.
  • Canada’s animation crown jewel, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has a solid showing at this year’s OIAF with films in both the Official Competition and Canadian Panorama. Affairs of the Art (Joanna Quinn and Les Mills) was a favorite at Annecy 2021, winning the Jury Distinction “ Special Distinction for Direction” award. Mauvaises herbes (Bad Seeds) (Claude Cloutier) is sure to visually stun audiences by taking them to a bizarre world populated by carnivorous plants. Impossible Figures and other stories (Marta Pajek) is the final installment in Pajek’s trilogy and explores the dichotomy of what was and could have been.
  • Other Canadian competition highlights include Guillaume Pelletier-Auger’s visual feast, What the Walls Feel as they Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office and Brandon Blommaert’s electric + .
  • This year’s animated feature competition includes two engaging and poetic Canadian works, Archipelago and Mount Fuji Seen by a Moving Train. In addition to the Canadian films in competition, a number of films are part of the Canadian Student Competition and the non-competitive Canadian Panorama.
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