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OIAF 2011 wrap up, UPDATED with full list of winners.

Last updated on September 27, 2011

It’s Monday morning, and the 2011 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival is done.  Sunday was a quiet one for me, like many others, but as always, I made it a point to be at the closing ceremonies last night.  The press release isn’t out yet, so a complete list of winners eludes me.

Off the top of my head, I can tell you that Phil Mulloy’s Dead But Bot Buried won for best feature animation, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby won the prize for best Canadian Animation, and Ben Cady’s the Goat and the Well picked up two awards, one for best undergraduate film, and the NFB audience choice award.

Dominic Von Riedemann, over at Suite 101, is a little more on his game than I am, and has his coverage of last night already available.  You can check it out here.

I’ll update here later with further coverage, including my favourite moments and some specific thank yous.




Ottawa’s CTV news managed to snag a quote from Pilar Newton, the unofficial spirit of the festival.  Here’s the link. There’s video on there too.

The Ottawa Citizen has a full list of the winners.  Here’s the link.

Cartoon Brew has an overall wrap-up here.

Toronto artist, Tabitha Fisher (who I didn’t get to meet!) shares her experience here.

And now, the press release from the festival announcing the winners:


Ottawa, September 25, 2011 – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) came to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies which were held this evening at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. OIAF organizers announced the 2011 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.

This year’s OIAF, which was held from September 21 to 25, was a tremendous success.  The festival was packed with special screenings, sold out workshops and high profile networking events such as TAC.

The OIAF is a major international film event that attracts more than 28,000 film buffs, art lovers, producers, and cartoon fans from around the world.

The members of the 2011 International Jury for the Short Program, Student and Commissioned Animation: Mati Kütt (Estonia), Jan Pinkava (Prague/USA), and Aaron Augenblick (USA).  The members of the International Jury for the Animated Feature Film Competition: Anne Brotot (France), Biljana Labovic (Serbia/USA), and Claude Cloutier (Montreal).

The 2011 Nelvana GRAND PRIZE for Best Independent Short Animation ($3,000 CDN) is:

  • Moxie by Stephen Irwin (UK)

“For its powerful combination of style and narrative, leaving a memorable impression.”

The 2011 GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature is:

  • Dead but not Buried by Phil Mulloy (UK)

“For its innovative way of filmmaking, bold use of minimalistic graphics, original use of sound and subversive humor.”

The 2011 Walt Disney Animation Studios GRAND PRIZE for Best Student Animation is:

  • The Renter by Jason Carpenter (USA)

“For its authenticity, sensitivity and compelling execution.”

The 2011 GRAND PRIZE for Best Commissioned Animation is:

  • Intel ‘The Chase’ by Adam Foulkes & Alan Smith (UK)

“Imaginative use of everyday images and punchy timing.”

The 2011 Best Animation School Showreel is:

  • Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design

“The 3 animation school programs were consistent and were expressing the spirit of each school. We chose one program for its diversity of styles and subjects, and overall quality of the films.We award Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design as the best animation school.”

The 2011 Best Narrative Short is:

  • Blanche Fraise by Frederick Tremblay (Canada)

“For its accomplished use of film language to tell a stark and unsentimental story.”

Honourable Mention:

  • Det siste norske trollet (The Last Norwegian Troll) by Pjotr Sapegin (Norway)

“For its sympathetic storytelling.”

The 2011 Best Experimental/Abstract Animation is:

  • One Second Per Day by Richard Negre (France)

“For its unique aesthetic sense of line and excellent timing.”

Honourable Mention:

  • Keha mälu (Body Memory) by Ülo Pikkov (Estonia)

“For its vivid visual metaphor.”

The 2011 Adobe Prize for Best High School Animation is:

  • I’m Sorry by Bowon Kim, E-sun Jung & Dasom Yoon (South Korea)

“Professional level of storytelling and filmmaking.”

Honourable Mention:

  • Birds Walking by Stephanie Delazeri (USA)

“For its refreshing sense of humour.”

The 2011 Best Undergraduate Animation is:

  • The Goat and The Well by Ben Cady (UK)

“Simplicity and hilarity.”

The 2011 Best Graduation Animation is:

  • I’m Fine Thanks by Eamonn O’Neill (UK & Ireland)

“Strong visuals, brutal honesty and unique voice.”

Honourable Mention:

  • Swimming Pool by Alexandra Hetmerova (Czech Republic)

“For its lightness of touch and synchronized swimming.”

The 2011 Best Promotional Animation is:

  • The Equality Effect by Andrea Dorfman (Canada)

“For its directness, brevity and sense of purpose.”

– MORE –

The 2011 Best Music Video is:

  • Joyz ‘Electropia’ by Noriko Okaku (UK & Japan)

“The most successful musical visualization in the competition.”

The 2011 Best Short Animation Made for Children is:

  • Der grosse bruder (Big Brother) by Jesús Peréz & Elisabeth Huettermann (Germany/Switzerland)

Honourable Mentions:

  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg (USA)
  • Marvin by Mark Nute (UK)

The 2011 Best Television Animation Made for Children is:

  • Das bild der prinzessin (Princess’ Painting) by Johannes Weiland & Klaus Morschheuser (Germany)

Honourable Mention:

  • Adventure Time ‘It Came From The Nightosphere’ by Thurop Van Orman, Patrick McHale, Larry Leichliter & Nick Jennings (USA)

The 2011 National Film Board of Canada (NFB) PUBLIC PRIZE is:

  • The Goat and The Well by Ben Cady (UK)

The 2011 Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation is:

  • Wild Life by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby (Canada)

Honourable Mentions:

  • Dimanche (Sunday) by Patrick Doyon (Canada)
  • CMYK by Marv Newland (Canada)
  • Second Hand by Isaac King (Canada)

About the Ottawa International Animation Festival

OIAF 2011 was held from September 21 to 25 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Events at OIAF included special screenings, panels, workshops, parties and TAC. The OIAF is North America’s animation film festival featuring cutting-edge programming catering to industry executives, trend-setting artists, students and animation fans.  As an annual five-day festival, the OIAF brings art and industry together in a vibrant hub, attracting more than 28,000 film buffs, art lovers, producers and cartoon fans around the world.  For more information about the OIAF, please visit:

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