press release: OIAF 2013 Kids Jury! Ottawa kids needed!

PosterCalling All Toon Lovers: OIAF 2013 Kids Jury Contest

CALLING ALL TOON LOVERS!!! Kids to judge films and TV shows at OIAF 2013

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is inviting local kids to enter its annual Kids Jury contest. Ten animation enthusiasts, ranging from the ages of 8 to 11 years old, will be chosen to judge this year’s competition of short films or TV series made for kids.To be chosen for the jury, local kids are invited to create a video or write a one-pager about their favourite National Film Board animated film. NFB animation can be found here.

Ten lucky winners and their families will be whisked away to the National Gallery on Saturday, September 21, 2013 to watch either short animated films at 11 am or TV series made for children at 1 pm. They will pick their favourite films or TV episode and award prizes on stage to the winning filmmakers at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7 pm.“The kids jury always has a blast and we are consistently impressed by their insightful choices,” said OIAF Managing Director Kelly Neall.

To enter the OIAF’s Kids Jury contest, the videos and one-pagers must be submitted by e-mail: dominique@animationfestival.ca, by fax: (613) 232-6315, or by regular mail: Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120, Ottawa, K1N 6E2.

The kids must include their name, age and an e-mail address or phone number where they can be reached.

The contest deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday August 30, 2013.

The winners will be announced at the OIAF Media Conference to be held at the beginning of September.

The OIAF is also offering other activities for kids and teens at this year’s Festival including: free animation workshops and special screenings. Kids and teens can get more information by visiting the OIAF’s Toon Apprentice website: www.toonapprentice.ca. Toon Apprentice is an educational resource aimed at teaching kids, teens, their parents and their teachers about the world of animation.

For information about OIAF’s official selections and screenings, visit animationfestival.ca.

ABOUT THE OIAF: The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. This year, the Festival received 1,924 entries, selecting 108 finalists for competition. An additional 44 films will be shown out-of-competition in Showcase screenings. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub and has a total attendance of 25,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world.This year’s Festival runs from September 18th-22nd.For more information about the Ottawa International Animation Festival as well as media passes, visit www.animationfestival.ca.