Ottawa International Animation Festival


Years running: 49 (since 1976)

Ottawa International Animation Festival

International Animation Festival in Ottawa.


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. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won't want to miss this year's great line up of screenings taking place at ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Empire Theatres Rideau Centre and Arts Court Theatre. Events at the OIAF include screenings, panels, workshops and parties.

The Animation Conference tooks place during OIAF. It ia North America's only event that lets you pitch, network and keep up with industry trends, while giving you access to the most creative, original and innovative animation out there.  This animation business forum is designed for professionals in content creation, development, production, distribution and marketing. 


  • GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature,
  • GRAND PRIZE for Best Independent Short Animation,
  • PRIZE for Best Narrative Short Animation,
  • PRIZE for Best Experimental/Abstract Animation,
  • PRIZE for Best Undergraduate Animation,
  • PRIZE for Best Canadian Student Animation,
  • PRIZE for Best Graduation Animation,
  • PRIZE for Best Commissioned Animation,
  • PRIZE for Best Music Video,
  • PRIZE for Best Short Animation Made for Children,
  • PRIZE for Best Animation Series Made for Children,
  • Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation.


  • Only animated films that were completed after May 31th, 2023  are eligible.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • You must submit your entry form online through your OIAF login account.
  • Provide a streamable URL link.
  • 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.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




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Festival Office
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120
Ottawa ON | Canada | K1N 6E2

Phone: 613.232.8769
Fax: 613.232.6315


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 01, 2024
  • Deadline
    May 31, 2024
  • Event Dates
    25 — 29 September 2024
Categories & Fees

Immersive works that are created for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality platforms. Immersive works: Independent and commissioned projects including but not limited to narrative short experiences, installations, time based works, interactive works, and non-linear narrative or non-narrative experiences. If applicable, please note only one episode in any series is eligible and all submissions are limited to an experience length of 20 minutes and under.

  • Deadline — free

Animated film over 45 minutes in length.

  • Deadline — free

Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Suggested maximum length of 30 minutes. − Narrative Short: Structured with some sort of narrative or story. (ie. "something happens") − Non-Narrative: Structured without a clear narrative or cause-effect plotline.

  • Deadline — free

− Short Animation Made for Children: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences. − Animation Series Made for Children: Any special or series (22 minutes and under) created specifically for a young audience. Only one episode per series is eligible.

  • Deadline — free

Commissioned Animation: Includes but not limited to commercials, title sequences, station/program identification spots, music videos, and animation series made for adults. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes and under.

  • Deadline — free

Undergraduate Animation and Graduation Animation

  • Deadline — free
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