The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has announced it will showcase no fewer than nine films and virtual reality projects at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, including six works in international competition and four premieres. The event is North America’s largest for animated film, attracting an audience of some 28,000 people every year.
Among the major premieres at the festival is Turbine, the eagerly anticipated short by Montreal filmmaker Alex Boya. The event will also host the North American premiere of Caterpillarplasty, Ottawa native David Barlow-Krelina’s science-fiction satire of plastic surgery.
Both films are screening in the Narrative Short Animation category, alongside I’M OK, directed by UK filmmaker Elizabeth Hobbs, and The Subject, directed by Patrick Bouchard. In addition to these four short films in competition, two other NFB works have been selected in the Virtual Reality category: Museum of Symmetry by Paloma Dawkins and Dream by Philippe Lambert.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival takes place from the 26th to the 30th of September. It will feature over 80 screenings, talks, and exhibits presented in venues across downtown Ottawa. More information and a full schedule can be found on the official website.