Careers & Recruiting


Looking for a job? Interested in new talent? We’re here to help you connect.


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This series of programs shares insights into the business of animation for artists and students, featuring masterclasses, a panel with Nickelodeon creators and an Ask Me Anything Session.


Ask Me Anything: Nickelodeon Animation Studio Development

Saturday, September 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm (EDT)   Passholders Only - access via
Join Kari Kim, Nickelodeon Animation Studio VP of Development, Original Series. Ask her anything about what happens in the development process at Nickelodeon!

Creator Talk:

Wednesday, September 30, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (EDT)  Passes or Tickets
¡A la Aventura!: The journey to showrunning with Nickelodeon’s Niki López, creator and co-EP of Santiago of the Seas. Moderated by Sr. Director, Current Series, Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt.


Coffee with The Casagrandes

Thursday, October 1, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (EDT)  Passes or Tickets
Join Co-Executive Producer, Miguel Puga and Writer, Rosemary Contreras for coffee and conversation about their hit show, The Casagrandes. Moderated by Magdiela Duhamel (Production Manager, The Casagrandes).

Stand Up & Stand Out: Strategies for Bringing Your Best Self

Friday, October 2,  5:00pm - 6:00pm (EDT)  Passes or Tickets
Join artists Marisa Torres and Maaike Scherff for a conversation about their journeys to Nickelodeon, how they broke into the industry, and some advice on putting your best foot forward as you navigate the studio recruitment process.

Toon Apprentice Day for Teens

On Friday, September 25th, the Ottawa International Animation Festival is offering high school students across Canada an opportunity to take in free screenings, try their hand at some animation activities and meet with leading animation schools at home or in the classroom. It’s all part of the Toon Apprentice Program.

Free screenings:

High School students have free access to the many On-Demand screenings available including The Canadian Student Competition and the International Student Panorama, two programs showcasing outstanding, highly creative work from young people.

To watch the films and talks, students will need The Toon Apprentice pass, valid for the whole day. 

Animation Activities and a contest! 

Students with a Toon Apprentice pass will be sent an access code to enter the OIAF Virtual Experience. In this space, they will be able to do some hands-on activities provided by leading animation schools.

Students who complete two of the activities can post their work on social media with the hashtag #toonpass for the chance to win a prize pack including OIAF merch, passes to next year’s festival, an animation workshop, and a brand-new 32 GB IPAD!

Schools will be presenting the activities, and meeting with students on Friday, September 25 from 11 am to 12:30 pm (EDT) then from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EDT)

Animation Exposé Fair – for Passholders Only

The OIAF Animation Exposé Fair is coming to your screens!

Meet with studios, schools, and connect with key resources from the comfort of your own home. Check out the exhibitor booths in the OIAF Virtual Experience portal and discover some of the best places to learn and work in animation.

Want to speak to a real, live human? Turn on your webcam and ask your questions at Meet the Schools on September 25 and come back on September 26 to Meet the Studios.

Got a portfolio to share? Emerging and established animation talent can apply to showcase their work to studios and recruiters at the OIAF’s Artist Gallery, presented by Warner Bros. Animation.

Are you in high school? Swing by each of the school booths for an animation challenge. Complete all 6 activities and tag us on social media for a chance to win an OIAF special prize pack, which includes an animation workshop, OIAF merch, and free passes to next year’s festival!


Participating schools include:

  • Algonquin
  • Max The Mutt
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Seneca
  • Sheridan
  • Vancouver Film School


Participating schools include:

  • Atomic Cartoons
  • Bento Box
  • Big Jump Entertainment
  • Dainty Productions
  • Guru Studio
  • Jam Filled Entertainment
  • Mercury Filmworks
  • Nelvana
  • Netflix Animation
  • Nickelodeon
  • Tonic DNA
  • Warner Bros. Animation


  • The Animation Guild
  • Banfield
  • Canada Media Fund
  • Cambridge Global Payments
  • Knot Project Space (SAW)
  • Ontario Creates
  • Quickdraw Animation Society
  • Shaw Rocket Fund
  • Toronto Animated Image Society
  • Toon Boom


The Artist Gallery

For Passholders Only

The Artist Gallery is an opportunity for OIAF participants to showcase their work to studios and recruiters in attendance. To be considered for inclusion in the Artist Gallery, you must submit a link to your work (portfolio/reel/gallery) when you buy your pass.

This program is for emerging (college students, recent graduates) and established animation talent interested in getting their work seen by future employers or collaborators. If you are accepted, you will receive a form from the OIAF asking you for additional details needed to complete your profile.