OIAF selects 7 diverse features for 2022 big competition
After receiving 76 submissions for this year Feature competitionthe Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) selected Seven animated works depicting various voices in animation. The 2022 OIAF Feature Film Competition includes:
- Westchester Barber (dir. Jonni Philips; USA)
- Dozens of Nords (dir. Koji Yamamura; Japan)
- Khamsa – The well of oblivion (dir. Vynom Vynom; Algeria)
- Perlimps (dir. Alê Abreu; Brazil)
- Silver bird and rainbow fish (dir. Lei Lei; China, USA, Netherlands)
- The Island (director Anca Damian; Romania, France, Belgium)
- Unicorn Wars (dir. Alberto Váquez; Spain, France)
“This year’s feature film finalists are stylistically, technically, thematically diverse and so timely,” said OIAF Artistic Director Chris Robinson. “We have a musical film about refugees; a decidedly adult anti-war film featuring teddy bears and unicorns; a touching and comical memoir about a family’s experience living under repressive regimes in China; the utterly hypnotic and mystifying beauty of former OIAF Grand Prix winner Koji Yamamura; a lo-fi indie comedy from cult sensation and OIAF special guest Jonni Philips; and, a startling work from Algeria about a boy with amnesia who embarks on a journey to restore his memory.
A story of fragmented memory, Dozens of Nords won the Excellence Award at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival and the Best Animated Feature Award at the 13th International Animated Film Festival – Golden Kuker Sofia.
The Islanda creative take on Robinson Crusoe and the timely theme Unicorn Wars are no strangers to the festival circuit, both winning awards earlier this year at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
This year’s competition welcomes Westchester Barberthe feature debut from indie animator Phillips, whose cast of characters tackle everyday existentialism.
Films in this year’s Feature Films category will compete for the Animated Feature Grand Prix, which is decided by the expertise of the 2022 OIAF Feature Film Jury members. Pilar Newton-Katz, Marc-Bertrandand Hugo Covarrubias.
OIAF 2022 takes place from September 21-25 at local venues in downtown Ottawa. Passes are available for purchase through the OIAF ticket office, individual tickets will become available closer to the Festival dates.