OIAF Announces Selections for Festival 2013

Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam is an OIAF highlight
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) announced today the programme for the 2013 edition of the festival. OIAF, Ottawa’s largest film experience and one of the world’s top animation events, has an impressive line-up once again. The 2013 festival, which runs September 18-22, offers twice as many feature films in competition than it did last year, expanding from four to eight, which will join ninety-eight short films in competition. Fifty showcase films were also chosen for the festival. OIAF received an impressive 1926 entries from 76 different countries.

Highlights at this year’s festival include the Ottawa premiere of the animated documentary A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, the world premiere of the Brazilian film O Menino e o Mundo (The Boy and the World), plus Don Hertzfeldt’s acclaimed feature It’s Such a Beautiful Day, which appeared at the festival last year as a short.

Notable shorts include new work from festival regular Theodore Ushev and the excellent anidoc Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam, which I reviewed early this year at Hot Docs. Ottawa also has some strong presence at the festival, as the category for Best Television Animation for Children will enjoy some local competition between two films by local animators, as Ottawa-based brothers Chris and Martin Kratt will be competing for with an episode of their hit series Wild Kratts, while local animator Dave Cooper and Canadian animator Nick Cross offer Pig Goat Banana Mantis! The National Capital will also be repped by Mike Geiger’s  independently produced Super Duper Super Hero: Turtle and by Algonquin College student Spencer Moreland with  Eternal Bliss.

The Feature Films in Competition Are:

Amina Buenos Aires
Dir. Maria Ramirez, Argentina
-Canadian Premiere

Couleur de peau (Approved for Adoption)
Dir. Laurent Boileau & Jung, France/Belgium

Dir. Zoltan Sostai, Hungary
-North American Premiere

It’s Such a Beautiful Day
Dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
Dir. Jeff Simpson, Bill Jones, Ben Timlett; UK

O Menino e o Mundo (The Boy and the World)
Dir. Alé Abreu, Brazil
-World Premiere

The Pain and the Pity
Dir. Phil Mulloy, UK

Tito on Ice
Dir. Max Andersson & Helena Ahonen, Sweden & Germany
-North American Premiere
The full programme of features and shorts can be found on the OIAF website.