There are really a lot of great screenings this year that will appeal to everyone.
It has also managed to piss off its fair share of filmmakers, including Sylvain Chomet and Aleksandr Petrov — controversies that Robinson has addressed in his writing. The biggest change is the OIAF has a pretty solid foundation in place and it has become very communal and team orientated.
The North American animation festival scene has become much more crowded in recent years, but at the end of the day, Ottawa remains the gold standard with its trifecta of provocative competition selections, intelligent film/lecture programming, and diverse attendees from the global animation community. Some of the seeding began when I came aboard in 1995.
Despite its age though, Ottawa is more eclectic and surprising than at any point in its history.
For the past decade-and-a-half, under the artistic direction of Chris Robinson, the Ottawa Animation Festival has burnished its reputation for challenging and unconventional fare.
I started noticing that we have a chunk of films this years that carry the Bakshi torch in different ways: Chris Sullivan’s .