The good news is there is no entry fee. The bad news is, when they say competition is strong, consider the stats. From more than 2,000 entries received each year, the selection committee chooses approximately 150 films for competition and out-of-competition showcase screenings.
The year’s international jury includes Barry Purves (England), Hisko Hulsing (Holland), Izabela Rieben (Switzerland), Mike Fallows (Canada), J.J. Sedelmaier (USA) and Sarah Muller (England) will review films in competition. Jury members will join the audience during screenings throughout the Festival and present the final awards at the closing ceremonies.
The OIAF has also introduced a new category for Non-Gameplay Animation, the first of its kind at any animation festival. Examples of non-gameplay animation include cinematic cut scenes that help advance a game's plot and trailers previewing an upcoming release.
"Since the mid-1990s, we've been trying to find a way to seamlessly integrate videogame animation into OIAF competitions," said Festival artistic director Chris Robinson. "We found that the best way for us to acknowledge the outstanding work being done in gameplay animation was by encouraging the submission of non-game play components."
A new award for Best Canadian Student Animation Film, celebrating the work of emerging filmmakers and the wealth of up-and-coming Canadian talent, will also be introduced. Canadian student films in competition and showcase will be eligible for this award.
All online entry forms must be received by May 18th. The deadline for preview DVDs is June 1st.
For more information about this year’s Festival, as well as the online entry form, visit the OIAF website.