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PR: International Filmmakers Take Grand Prizes at OIAF

NEWS RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS TAKE GRAND PRIZES AT OIAF
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 22, 2008) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival came to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies held last night at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.
This year’s event, held September 17th – 21st, was a tremendous success with packed screenings, sold out workshops, high profile networking events such as the Television Animation Conference and the Recruiting Fair. The Festival is a major international film event; that attracts 1500 industry pass holders from across Canada and around the world with a total attendance of over 27,000. Although the final numbers are not officially in, there are strong indications that this year’s Festival reached the highest attendance to date.

The 2008 international jury for Independent, Student and Commissioned Films include: Marco de Blois (Canada), Jonas Odell (Sweden) & Duscha Kistler (Switzerland)
The international jury for School Showreel, and Feature Films include: Amica Kubo (Japan), Christopher Mills (Canada) & Heather Harkins (Canada)
The Festival has a special jury made up of local kids to select the Best Short Animation Made for Children and the Best Television Animation Made for Children. This year’s kids jury included: Miles Kempffer-Hossack, Sophia Gayowski, Asha Swann, Gyasi Swann, Chioke Swann, Emma Scout McDonald, Anupallavi Sinha, Austin Kinross, Sara MacPhee, Tegwyn Hughes & Isabel Hunter.
NELVANA GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT ANIMATION
Chainsaw (2007), directed by Dennis Tupicoff, Australia
GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Best Animated Feature Film: Terra, directred by Aristomenis Tsirbas
Honourable Mention: Best Animated Feature Film: Sita Sings the Blues, directed by Nina Paley
GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST STUDENT ANIMATION
I Slept With Cookie Monster (2008), directed by Kara Nasdor-Jones, USA
GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST-COMMISSIONED ANIMATION
Sony Bravia ‘Play-Doh’ (2007), directed by Frank Budgen & Darren Walsh, UK
CANADIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN ANIMATION Drux Flux (2008), directed by Theodore Ushev, Canada
ANIMATION SCHOOL SHOWREEL
Best Animation School Showreel: Rhode Island School of Design (USA)
Honourable Mention: Best Animation School Showreel: Supinfocom (France)
INDEPENDENT SHORT ANIMATION COMPETITION
Narrative Short Animation under 35 minutes: Chainsaw (2007), directed by Dennis Tupicoff, Australia
Experimental / Abstract Animation under 35 minutes: Muto (2008), directed by Blu, Italy
Honourable Mention: Dialogos, directed by Ülo Pikkov, Drux Flux (2008), directed by Theodore Ushev, Canada

STUDENT ANIMATION COMPETITION
Adobe Prize for Best High School Animation: The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes, directed by Will Inrig, Canada
Undergraduate Animation: I Slept With Cookie Monster (2008), directed by Kara Nasdor-Jones, USA
Graduation Animation: Camera Obscura (2007), directed by Matthieu Buchalski, Jean-Michel Drechsler & Thierry Onillon, France

COMMISSIONED ANIMATION COMPETITION
Promotional Animation: Sony Bravia ‘Play-Doh’ (2007), directed by Frank Budgen & Darren Walsh, UK
Music Video: Último ‘Spong Ice’ (2008), directed by Bolos Quentes Design, Duarte Amorim, Albino Tavares, Miguel Marinheiro & Sérgio Couto, Portugal
Television Animation for Adults: People from The Dark Years ‘Bates’ (2008), directed by John Halfpenny, Canada

ANIMATION MADE FOR CHILDREN
Best Short Animation: The Swimming Lesson,(2008) directed by Danny De Vent, Belgium/Netherlands/France
Honourable Mention: Leon in Wintertime, (2007) directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon & Pascal le Nôtre, France/Canada

Television Animation for Children: The Upstate Four, (2007) directed by Fran Krouse, USA
Honourable Mention: The Bunjies (2008), directed by Andreas Hykade & Ged Haney, Germany

OIAF 07 was held September 17 – 21, 2008 in Ottawa. Events at the OIAF included screenings, panels, workshops parties and the Television Animation Conference. The OIAF is a leading competitive animation film festival, featuring cutting edge programming, catering to industry executives, trend setting artists, students and animation fans. For
more information about the OIAF, please visit www.animationfestival.ca.

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