Submit your film for Ottawa International Animation Festival 2018

Submit your film for Ottawa International Animation Festival 2018

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is now accepting film entries for its 2018 competition from animators from around the globe.

From September 26-30, Ottawa will once again play host to the animation universe —a hub of inventive, mesmerizing, and provocative art. OIAF invites animators from around the globe to submit their recent work in the following major categories:

  1. Animated Feature.
  2. Narrative Animated Short.
  3. Non-Narrative Animated Short.
  4. Student Animation.
  5. Commissioned Animation (series, commercials, music videos).
  6. Young Audiences – Preschool, Ages 6-12.
  7. VR Animation.

Well, it’s that time again when Ottawa is pleasantly bombarded with a feast of animation wonders from around the globe, says Chris Robinson, OIAF Artistic Director. This is always an exciting time for us as we watch all the new submissions and slowly start to see the festival’s identity for the year being formed. We’re particularly excited about the brand new VR animation competition. It’s a testament to the quality of work being done in this new medium that we’ve decided it warranted a competition. Viewing and judging the VR entries will also require us to engage these projects in a whole new manner (goggles and interactivity!).

Each year the OIAF receives more than 2,000 entries that are reviewed by the Festival’s programming team. Approximately 150 films will be chosen for Official Competition and Out-of-Competition Showcase screenings. During OIAF18, juries comprised of animation professionals, media and local kids will sit with the audience to judge the festival competition screenings.


  • Deadline for entry forms and film URLs: Friday, May 25th, 2018.
  • There is no entry or registration fee.
  • Only animated films that were completed after May 26th, 2017 are eligible.
  • You must submit your entry form online through your OIAF login account.
  • Your preview film must be submitted on a streamable URL link. The link must remain accessible until the end of July.
  • If your film has dialogue that is not English and is not subtitled, you must include an English dialogue script.
  • Director’s photograph (300 dpi), biography and 3 stills from the film (300 dpi) are required.
  • If your film is selected, we must receive a high-definition Quicktime .mov file (H264 or ProRes only, resolution 1920x1080).
  • We can accept DCP for Competition films, however we require a .mov file as well in order to screen at our non-DCP venues as needed.
  • The festival no longer accepts 35mm, Betacam SP or any other tape format as screening copies.
  • All films selected for the festival must be received by Friday, August 3rd, 2018 or you risk disqualification.
  • By submitting your online entry form, you are agreeing to the OIAF 2018 Rules and Regulations.
  • The Festival cannot cover customs fees for screening copies. Filmmakers whose works are selected and plan on attending the OIAF will receive an invitation letter to aid in organizing the appropriate travel documents.
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Friday, May 25, 2018




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Ottawa, Canada

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2018 OIAF film submissions


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