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Animating Ottawa - update

  • Imperial Provisor Frombald, Elizabeth Hobbs

17 - 21 September 2014

There’s no arguing: OIAF presents world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation — and transforms Ottawa into the centre of the animation universe.


Ottawa awarded its Best Narrative Short prize to Mikey Please for Marilyn Myller - making it two prizes in one weekend for Mikey, with his Channel 4 Best of British Animation award at Encounters. Following on from prizes at Melbourne..the McLaren Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival and a British Animation Award to boot.

At Ottawa, Alex Grigg's Phantom Limb got an Honourable Mention in the same category. Honourable mentions also to Somewhere by Nicolas Menard (Best Graduation Film category) and Ainslie Henderson for James: Moving On (Best Music Video category.


The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world.

British talent is always welcomed: in 2012, animators from the UK did fantastically well, taking seven of the 15 international prizes. Phil Mulloy is a three-time winner of the Best Feature Prize.

This year, the Festival is showing 26 films from the UK and co-productions - that the third largest cohort after Canada and the USA. - Including The Obvious Child, from Stephen Irwin, winner of the Grand Prize in 2012 for Moxie. And Monkey Love Experiments by Ainslie Henderson, winner of the Walt Disney GRAND PRIZE for Best Student Animation in 2012 for his Edinburgh College of Art graduation film, I Am Tom Moody. Monkey Love Experiments co-director Will Anderson is heading Ottawa way with the help of a travel grant from the British Council’s Shorts Support Scheme (in collaboration with BFI).

We’re very pleased to also be supporting Elizabeth Hobbs (with Imperial Provisor Frombald), Martin Pickles (with his tribute to Bob Godfrey, What is Animation?) and Peter Millard (with Fruit Fruit).

And taking a seat on the jury is Studio AKA director and co-founder, Philip Hunt.

More details here.