Get insight into current trends and developments in the Canadian and international industries.  Get inspired with talks from some of the most creative minds in the animation world.


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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.


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Meet the wizards behind the curtain at the Exposé Talk Series, showcasing artists from your favourite projects, including never-before-seen surprises and tips on a career in animation!


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Illumination Making Joy & Discovery

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)    Passholders Only


Join the Illumination and Illumination MacGuff recruitment teams to say “Bello” at OIAF 2020!

Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. The company’s iconic and beloved properties, which are infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance, include two of the top-ten animated films of all time.

Illumination is based in Santa Monica, CA and its studio, Illumination MacGuff, is located in the center of Paris.


Dawn Yamazi (VP. Talent Recruitment, Illumination)

Annwhitney McCombs (Creative Recruiter, Illumination)

Amélie Paraiso (Head of Recruitment, Illumination MacGuff)

Mathilde Chambras (Manager, Recruitment, Illumination MacGuff)



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Animation Through the Ages: A Guide to Career Longevity

Presented by The Animation Guild

Saturday, September 26 , 12:30pm - 1:30pm (EDT) Passes or Tickets

No, this isn’t a panel on the history of animation! It’s about career longevity and how to thrive at every stage of your animation career from your 20s through your 60s and beyond! We explore the challenges each age group faces, their career journey and the secrets to their success. Moderated by Jeanette Moreno-King, President of The Animation Guild.


Reem Ali-Adeeb (Supervising Character Designer, Little Ellen, Warner Brothers Entertainment)

James Baxter (Director, Netflix Character Animation)

Alan Bodner (Art Director, Walt Disney Animation)

Jessica Borutski (Supervising Director, The Loud House, Nickelodeon)

Jeanette Moreno-King (President of The Animation Guild) - Moderator

Joel Lee (Visual Development Background Artist, Netflix Animation)

Latoya Raveneau (Director, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder)

Eric Robles (Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Glitch Techs)

Alex Salyer (Artist, Animator and Director)



Portfolios with Walt Disney Animation Studios

Saturday, September 26, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT) Passholders Only

Join artistic recruiter Matt Roberts to hear about tips and tricks for creating your portfolio, presentation followed by a Q&A.


Matt Roberts (Artistic Recruiter, Walt Disney Animation)

Erika Becerra (Artistic Recruiter, Walt Disney Animation)


Psst: Pixar’s Got a Secret

Saturday, September 26, 5:00pm – 6:00pm (EDT) Passes or Ticket

Okay, the secret's out! Pixar will launch their new short film exclusively at OIAF2020. Join filmmaker, Madeline Sharafian, for a behind-the-scenes talk and a screening of 'Burrow' for its World Premiere.


Directed by Madeline Sharafian

Produced by Mike Capbarat

A young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help.



A Conversation with Lauren Faust

Wednesday, September 30, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via

Join Animator, Writer and Creator Lauren Faust (DC Super Hero Girls, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Power Puff Girls) in conversation discussing her journey and experiences navigating the animation industry as a Female Creative in an ever-evolving socially conscious era. Moderated by JamFilled Entertainment’s CEO and co-founder Kyle MacDougall.



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The Colour of Leadership

Presented by Disney Television Animation

Tuesday, September 29, 5:00pm – 6:00pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via


The panelists will share their journeys into animation, including Jay Frances (VP, Current Series and Diversity, Disney Television Animation), Jermaine Turner (VP, Development, Disney Television Animation), Kim Berglund (Executive Director, Development, Disney Junior), Latoya Raveneau (Director, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder) and   (Writer, Mickey Mouse Funhouse). Moderated by Bobby Pontillas (Director, Development, Disney Television Animation).



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A Conversation with Peter Ramsey


Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood

Tuesday, September 29, 3:30pm - 4:30pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via


ASIFA-Hollywood presents a discussion and Q&A with Academy Award Winner Peter Ramsey, exploring his career, approach to storytelling and his thoughts on diversity and the animation industry.



Behind-the-Scenes of Cartoon Network’s 'We Bare Bears The Movie'

Thursday, October, 1, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (EDT)  Passholders or Tickets

Join “We Bare Bears” creator Daniel Chong for a behind-the-scenes look at the TV movie which debuted recently on Cartoon Network. Executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios,  the movie follows Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear on their greatest adventure yet. With their love of food trucks and internet fame, the brothers are led to unexpected mayhem, where they must go on a wild, hilarious, and dangerous adventure to escape a foe that threatens to tear them apart. Moderated by Ramin Zahed (Editor in Chief, Animation Magazine).



“Animaniacs” Producer & Artists Panel

Presented by Warner Bros. Animation

Friday, October 2 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (EDT) Passes or Tickets


The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot are heading home to the Warner Bros. Water Tower. Along with Pinky and the Brain, the beloved Animaniacs are coming to Hulu with all-new episodes. Join executive producer Wellesley Wild, co-executive producer Gabe Swarr, supervising character designer Genevieve Tsai and art director Roman Laney for a look into the development and production process of this highly anticipated series. Animaniacs is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation and premieres on Hulu on Friday, November 20.



Ask Us Anything – Netflix Animation Emerging Talent Speaker Series

Presented by Netflix Animation

This is a four-part series providing an opportunity for attendees to connect and have a fun and open conversation with the Netflix Animation Recruiting Team in the areas of Story, Art, CG, and Production Management. Participants are encouraged to ask questions specific to their areas of interest.

Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: Story

Tuesday, September 29, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via

Ever wonder what catches a Netflix Animation’s story recruiter’s eye? Is it the art, or is it the emotional journey your storyboard panels take that recruiter on? Join members of Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Crystal Ang (Sourcer Adult Animation, Netflix Animation)
Grazia Como (Program Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement) - Moderator
Courtney Currin (Recruiter, Feature Animation, Netflix Animation)
Cynthia Ostergar (Researcher, Netflix Animation)
Liz Luu (Sourcer Art & Story Talent, Netflix Animation)


Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: Art

Wednesday, September 30, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only  - access via

Just how important is having your contact information easy for a Netflix Animation art recruiter to find? Wonder if you should only include final images in your portfolio or will those loose sketches catch a recruiter’s eye? Join members of Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Ramille Baguio (Researcher, Art & Design Adult Animation, Netflix Animation)
Luana Kasych (Researcher, Netflix Animation)
Amelia Leddie (Recruiter, Art, Design & Paint, Netflix’s Series Animation, Netflix Animation)
Robin Linn (Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement) - Moderator


Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: Production Management

Thursday, October 1, 2:00 pm -3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via

Curious as to how to make your LinkedIn profile easier for production recruiters to find? Are production recruiters reading your cover letters? Join members of the Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Sherley Ibarra (Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement) - Moderator
Julie Kinman (Recruiter, Netflix Animation)
Camille Leganza (Recruiter, Netflix Animation)
Talya Sharps (Researcher, Netflix Animation)


Netflix Animation’s Ask Us Anything: CG

Friday, October 2, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT) Passholders Only - access via

Ever wonder how to make yourself and your awesome digital imagery stand out from the crowd to CG Recruiters? How about the best way to connect with the Netflix CG/VFX Recruiting team? Join members of Netflix Animation’s recruiting team to hear answers to these questions and many more!

Grazia Como (Program Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement)
Robin Linn (Manager, Netflix Animation Outreach & Engagement)
GeRon Thompson (Recruiter, Netflix Animation)
Michelle Duffie (Recruiter, VFX and Virtual Production, Netflix Animation) - Moderator


Netflix Presents: A Conversation with the Creative Minds Behind Big Mouth

September 23 to October 4 On-Demand

Get comfortable being uncomfortable with your favorite puberty-driven animated series Big Mouth! Join executive producers Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Rivers, Victor Quinaz, and Anthony Loi) as they join OIAF’s Chris Robinson to discuss the critically acclaimed third season.



This series of talks features masterclasses and conversations with professional independent filmmakers.

Myself’s Special OIAF2020 Edition


OIAF 2020 is pleased to announce Myself, the world‘s first virtual animation tutor. Myself’s Special OIAF2020 Edition will be available from Sept. 23rd to Oct. 1st for all passholders of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. All participants will receive an individual enlightening feedback from Myself. The most outstanding drawings are presented below. The most outstanding clips are presented on demand on the OIAF Watch site.

We’ll Meet Again by Clara Deitmar

We’ll Meet Again – Lea Hümbs

We’ll Meet Again – Juliana Kralik

We’ll Meet Again – Thomas Thoma

Artist Talk with Emily Pelstring

On-Demand   Passes or Tickets

In collaboration with the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Knot Project Space is pleased to present to you a conversation with artist & filmmaker Emily Pelstring. This artist talk will delve into some of the themes, theories and materials in Pelstring’s body of work. More specifically, we will discuss the ways in which Pelstring creates meaning by working with physical space and the moving image.

Emily Pelstring is an artist and filmmaker based in Canada. She is faculty in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University. Pelstring’s installations have employed holography, stereography, animated Pepper’s Ghost displays, and projection-mapped video, in conjunction with built material elements. These pieces reference magic shows, and draw links between spirituality, wonder, and illusion. Her interests in reclaimative myth-making, collectivity, speculative futurisms, and camp aesthetics have led to collaboratively-produced bodies of work under the pseudonyms Inflatable Deities and The Powers.

Moderated by: Anyse Ducharme, Artistic Programmer (Knot Project Space)


Artist Talk with Terril Calder

On-Demand   Passes or Tickets

Influential Métis artist Terril Calder is compelled by the love of hybrid media and fusion art, she experiments with this amalgamation in her stop-frame animation films. This masterclass will explore a genre she has been significant in shaping and dive into making a “native film.”


Studio Talk: Mikrofilm

On Demand  Passes or Tickets

Join Mikrofilm partners Lise Fearnley and Kajsa Næss for a discussion on the company’s artistic and commercial journey to success. The Oslo-based, award-winning studio is behind many acclaimed films, many of which are featured as part of the Mikrofilm retrospective this year at the OIAF.


Please Be Honest? – Has Independent Animation Become Too Insular?

On-Demand  Passes or Tickets

Prior to about the late 1960s or 1970s, animation short films were relatively tempered and rarely personal. The tones ranged from sentimental and slapstick to educational or abstract. Rarely did you see artists tackle sensitive personal or political issues with unharnessed honesty.

Since that era, there has been a steady increase in animated short films dealing openly with personal issues: addiction, rape, racism, mental illness, post-partum depression, isolation, surveillance, the impact of social media and internet, along with more unapologetic expressions of female sexuality and gender identity.

These personal explorations are a big leap forward for an art form that has too often played it safe, but has animation steered too far towards ‘navel gazing’ and away from addressing the chaos of the surrounding society?

Presented by: Chris Robinson, Artistic Director (Ottawa International Animation Festival)

Passholders Only

Join OIAF Artistic Director Chris Robinson for Meet the Filmmakers, a rare opportunity for Festival attendees to sit down with animators from the festival short competition screenings and get their burning questions answered. Robinson moderates a funny, revealing and occasionally silly open forum that connects audiences and filmmakers, and allows for greater insight into the animation process that produced your favourite Festival films.

Short Film Competition One: Caleb Wood, Andreas Hykade, Charlotte Arene, Sverre Fredriksen,  David Stumpf & Michaela Mihalyi, Noah Gallagher, Sarina Nihei

Short Film Competition Two: Atsushi Wada, Marcos Sanchez, Anita Killi, Alexandra Krechman, Mathieu Georis, Bárbara Cerro, Robin Mckenna, María Lorenzo, Leonid Shmelkov

Short Film Competition Three: Theodore Ushev, Daniel Gray, Leah Shore, Meredith Binnette, Anne Koizumi, Chintis Lundgren

Short Film Competition Four: Emily Pelstring, Kirill Khachaturov, Ted Wiggin, Kata Gugic, Vessela Dantcheva, Kang-min Kim

Short Film Competition Five: Jordan Minkoff, Patrick Smith, Jiaqi Wang, Éva Darabos, Rachel Gutgarts

Short Film Competition Six: Pádraig Fagan & Eimhin McNamara,  Sonnye Lim, Jean-François Lévesque, Alice Saey, Melinda Kádár, Momo Takenoshita, Gabor Ulrich

Short Film Competition Seven: Liang Hsin Huang,  Bjarne Anmarkrud, Peter Millard, Steven Subotnick, Shoko Hara, Andrey Zhidkov and Magda Guidi & Mara Cerri

Short Film Competition Eight: Kawo Sushijojo, Martine Frossard, Alexandra Májová, Petteri Cederberg, Benjamin Clement, Ivan Li, Howie Shia