Animation lovers will flock to Ottawa this fall for the annual international event
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Sunday, 01 July 2012 17:33
Canada's capital hosts a plethora of amazing events throughout the years, many of which break records and entice thousands to visit this vibrant destination. For instance, the largest festival in North America for animation fans will be happening this September in Ottawa.
The Ottawa International Animation festival (OAIF) will be a massive event full of film screenings, lectures, entertainment and more that are all involved in this artistic industry. Professional animators, businessmen and the general public can find common ground at the gathering that welcomes all with an interest in moving pictures to participate.
To promote the festival, there is a contest every year that welcomes filmmakers to design a poster to be used in marketing projects throughout the year. The winner for 2012 is Koji Yamamura, who hails from Japan and is a notable animator who has received a Grammy nomination for his work. He entered his film called "Muybridge's Strings" into the festival this year.
"Drawing a poster for Ottawa12 [OIAF] is a great honour for me,” said Yamamura in a press release. "This image was made from an unused sketch from Muybridge's Strings. This sketch was the basis for the creation of the character Zeno, who is thinking about the infinite split of time."
From September 19-23, guests can be a part of the festivities happening at venues throughout the city. Many guests will head to film screenings to see movies done by Barry Purves, who specializes in puppet imagery, or clips by the late Karen Aqua, who worked on shows such as Sesame Street. As the date draws near, additional lectures, presentations and even classes will be announced on the official website.
Teenagers and kids can also enjoy their own special programming that will encourage them to learn more about the interesting skills it takes to be a professional animator. Brand new this year, the program help children create their own animated flipbooks and attend their own kid friendly film screenings with their peers.
Holidays are a great time to try new things and explore unique locales. Attending OIAF while taking tours of Ottawa can be a great addition to anyone's travel itinerary.