"It's that time again," says Chris Robinson, the Festival’s Artistic Director. "This year we're putting some emphasis on reaching out to the gaming, mobile, wireless and interactive world. With more and more animation being made for non-traditional distribution platforms, it's important that the OIAF celebrate the work being done in these newforms, so we’ve expanded our New Media Competition to include mobile content and interactive educational and gaming animation as well as shorts made for the internet."
Animators are invited to submit their recent work in six major categories including Independent Short films, Feature films, New Media, Commissioned films, Student films and Films made for children. "The tools might change," adds Robinson "but at the end of the day, the OIAF is about celebrating all forms of animation and, most importantly, bringing people together." For 5 days every September the OIAF welcomes thousands of animation fans and artists for a non-stop showcase of cutting edge animation, workshops, trade events and parties. The OIAF 07 entry deadline is June 1, 2007 and preview DVDs must be received by June 15. Entry forms are available on the Festival’s website at www.animationfestival.ca.