Ottawa International Animation Festival opens to submissions for 2020 on Feb. 14

Feb 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm by Press Release

Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF20), North America’s largest and oldest animation event, will start accepting entries on Valentine’s Day (Friday, February 14).

From September 23-27, 2020, Ottawa will become the centre of the animation universe; a hub of innovation, inspiration, and engaging art. OIAF invites animators worldwide to submit their recent work to the following six competitions:

• Feature Animation
• Virtual Reality
• Animated Series
• Short Animation (Narrative, Non-Narrative, Student, Commissioned)
• Young Audiences (pre-school, ages 6-12)
• Canadian Student

The entry deadline is May 31. There is no entry fee. The online submission form can be found by logging into the website. All rules and regulations, a list of this year's categories, and an FAQ can be found via the submissions link which opens on Friday at

Each year the OIAF’s programming team receives 2,400 plus entries. Approximately, 100 films will be chosen as competition finalists and will be notified between late June to early July. Another 40-50 films will be screened as part of the out-of-competition panorama programmes.

Those selected films will be screened during OIAF20 and judged by international juries who will view the films alongside the audience during the festival.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops, and entertainment since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub and attracting more than 30,000 artists, producers, students, and animation fans worldwide.

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