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Ottawa Animation Festival Mixes Art And Industry

Festival has grown into the largest animation event in North America (June 23, 2004)

The program for the 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival (September 22 26) will further cement the festivals reputation as one of the few venues where art and industry come together. ?We believe there is a great deal of incredible commissioned animated work being made which deserves to have artistic recognition, says Artistic Director Chris Robinson. ?Conversely, there are a lot of producers, recruiters, and buyers who would benefit from taking in the creative wealth found in independently short animation productions.

This competitive festival founded in 1976 has grown into the largest animation event in North America and one of the most respected in the world. Its competition showcases all forms of animation from features, to TV series, to new media and independent shorts. In addition, this years line-up offers first class retrospectives on animation icon Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and other ani-celebrities like Fred Crippen (Roger Ramjet) and the father of abstract, experimental animation Robert Breer. The festival will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the world's most loved spinach eater, Popeye the Sailorman and present an overview of French Animation, among other special screenings.

NEW to this years OIAF is the Television Animation Conference (TAC). The TAC (September 23 24) is an industry-driven event running the first two days of the festival at the prestigious Chateau Laurier. TAC was created specifically by festival organizers to give TV executives from North America and worldwide a chance to network while taking in industry panels and speakers. Keynote speakers include Michael Hirsh (Cookie Jar Entertainment Company) and Fred Seibert (Frederator Studios).

Says Festival Managing Director, Kelly Neall, ?Not only does TAC have keynote speakers and related panels, like The American Market; Chinese Co-production and Co-venture Opportunities; Atomic Betty: A Case Study and Branding Licensing and Interactive we are also creating an environment that will facilitate business networking opportunities. The OIAF has always been a great resource for television producers, offering a wealth of untapped material that could be the next hot property. This year were taking it up a notch with the TAC and additional programming featuring the best new TV work from the U.S., Canada, and abroad.

Organizers estimate this years festival will attract 2000 industry delegates including production executives, artists, students and animation fans. The festival expects to receive some 2000 submissions by its entry deadline of July 2nd. Full festival passes and entry forms are available online at or by calling (613) 232-8769.


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