- Best of Ottawa 2020: Animation from the Ottawa International Animation Festival
Audience favourites and award winners from the 2020 edition of the OIAF, North America’s largest and most important animation festival, are featured in this program of ground-breaking, smile-making, and head-shaking shorts. Showcasing some of contemporary animation’s leading international talents and brightest new lights, the ten exceptional works screening here include Canadian animator and UBC alum Anne Koizumi’s In the Shadow of the Pines, a moving retelling of the filmmaker’s relationship with her Japanese-immigrant father; Seoul-born, L.A.-based Kang-min Kim’s KKUM, a stunning black-and-white dreamworld that claimed both the festival’s Grand Prize and its Public Prize; and Slovak animators David Stumpf and Michaela Mihalyi’s humorous and absurd Sh _ t Happens, a film about, well, strange shit that happens.
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Lightning Bolt / “Blow to the Head”
Caleb Wood, USA. 3 min.
Room with a Sea View
Leonid Shmelkov, Estonia. 12 min.
Jo Goes Hunting / “Careful” — Best Commissioned Animation
Alice Saey, France/Netherlands. 4 min.
Mor visste ingenting (Mother Didn’t Know) — Craft Award for Best Sound Design
Anita Killi, Norway. 11 min.
Kata Gugić, Croatia. 5 min.
Pá kis panelom! (Bye Little Block!) — Craft Award for Best Design
Éva Darabos, Hungary. 9 min.
David Stumpf & Michaela Mihalyi, Czech Republic/Slovakia/France. 13 min.
In the Shadow of the Pines — Best Narrative Short; Best Canadian Animation
Anne Koizumi, Canada. 8 min.
La mer à boire (The Sea Is Too Much to Drink) — Best Non-Narrative Short
Charlotte Arene, France. 2 min.
KKUM — Grand Prize; Public Prize
Kang-min Kim, South Korea/USA. 9 min.
Film synopses available here.
Feature image: Lightning Bolt / “Blow to the Head”
Media images in order of screening, beginning with Room with a Sea View.