Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the OIAF is the largest festival of its kind in North America and one of the most respected animation festivals in the world. The Best of Ottawa programme showcases many of the outstanding films presented in its Official Competition. The 2006 programme includes such exceptional films as Joanna Quinn's award winning Dreams & Desires: Family Ties from the UK, past OIAF grand prize winner, Andreas Hykade's The Runt, the energetic Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker by German animation student Stefan Mueller and Joel Trussell's excellent music video for Jason Forrest entitled War Photographer (with heavy metal vikings - woo-hoo!). Not to be missed is Run Wrake's excellent Dick-and-Jane inspired Rabbit (despite appearances, it is not for young children).
OIAF 06 Signal Film
Canada 2006, 0.5 mins, Dir: Nathaniel Akin & Bruce Alcock
Short and purty...
UK 2005, 8 mins, Dir: Ian Gouldstone
A man hears a story about a hitchhiker from the other side of the internet. Told with the visual language of computers, and including perhaps the first chmod joke on the Metro Cinema screen.
Dreams & Desires: Family Ties
UK 2006, 9.5 mins, Dir: Joanna Quinn
Beryl, a middle-aged cineaste with a new video camera, becomes obsessed with the filmmaking process while shooting a wedding video, articulating her dreams & desires in a video diary.
Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker
Germany 2006, 7.5 mins, Dir: Stefan Mueller
Disturbed by loud music from one of his neighbours, Mr. Schwartz calls the police, who remain oblivious to the crimes and perversities behind every door.
Brazil 2006, 4.5 mins, Dir: Guilherme Marcondes
A giant tiger mysteriously appears in a big city, revealing the underground reality in an otherwise ordinary night. Inspired by William Blake's "The Tyger", with an excellent score and a beautiful mix of formats.
USA 2005, 5.5 mins, Dir: Chris Choy
In this short, a stocky farmer battles a hungry possum who is determined to snatch an apple.
Lightning Doodle Project (pikapika)
Japan 2006, 4 mins, Dir: Takeshi Nagata & Kazue Monno
The animation collaboration project using the flashlights. We spend a very enjoyable evening through making this animation.
UK 2005, 8.5 mins, Dir: Run Wrake
When a boy and girl find an idol in the stomach of a rabbit, its magical abilities lead to riches, but for how long? Animated in the style of Dick and Jane, albeit with a radically different sensibility. Not for small children, unless you want them to have beautifully animated nightmares.
Crossing the Stream
USA 2006, 4 mins, Dir: Skip Battaglia
About work. About consciousness. A mediation on water, and the animation of water. A poem in the shape of a stream. For Bruce Baillie.
Germany 2006, 10 mins, Dir: Andreas Hykade
"Wanna eat them. Gotta kill them."
The Carnival of the Animals (Karneval Zvirat)
Czech Republic 2006, 12 mins, Dir: Michaela Pavlctovc
Much like the modern dance art, this musical erotic fantasy is marked by interplay of the visual and musical components - picture, rhythm, color, motion.
Jason Forrest: War Photographer
USA 2005, 4 mins, Dir: Joel Trussell
A sea-vessel of Vikings struggle to maintain their honor as a mysterious rival ship wages an all-out rock war.
Who I Am and What I Want
UK 2005, 7.5 mins, Dir: Chris Shepherd & David Shrigley
"This film is about who I am and what I want. It's NOT about who YOU are and what YOU want. You always think everything I make is about you but it's not. It's all about me..."
- Friday January 19, 2007 at 7:00PM
- Saturday January 20, 2007 at 9:00PM