Best of Ottawa: Part 1

On-Demand:  October 2nd at 9pm EDT to October 4
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Been hearing about the absolute must-see films all festival? Check out the Best of Ottawa Parts 1 and 2 – two programmes that showcase audience favourites and winners from the 2020 Official Competition!


Lightning Bolt ‘Blow to the Head’

Caleb Wood | USA | 3:12 | Commissioned Animation


One blow to the head and we’ll be lying on the floor.

Moi, Barnabé (I, Barnabé)

Jean-François Levesque | Canada | 15:00 | Narrative Short Animation


I, Barnabé takes a luminous look at a desperate man’s existential crisis. During a night of stormy drunkenness, he receives a visit from a mysterious bird and is forced to reconsider his life.

Pá kis panelom! (Bye Little Block!)

Éva Darabos | Hungary | 8:42 | Student Animation


The protagonist learns that soon she will have to leave her blockhouse flat for good. After receiving the upsetting news she is overwhelmed with emotions. Her teardrop of farewell grows into a concrete monolith. When the drop hits the ground a surreal panorama of the blockhouse area she used to call home unfolds…

SH_T Happens

David Stumpf & Michaela Mihalyi | Czech Republic, Slovakia & France |
13:10 | Student Animation


The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because… shit happens all the time.

In the Shadow of the Pines

Anne Koizumi | Canada | 8:05 | Narrative Short Animation


In the Shadow of the Pines is a deeply personal animated documentary short about a difficult father-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own upbringing with her immigrant dad, who was also the janitor at the elementary school she attended. The film questions the idea of shame and how it can shape and define us while inhibiting who we can truly become.


Kata Gugić | Croatia (Hrvatska) | 4:34 | Student Animation


A short opera inspired by Aesop’s fable The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle.