The Ottawa International Animation Festival announced the winners of its 2016 official competition at an awards ceremony held at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts on the weekend.
This year, the OIAF received a total of 2,311 entries from 86 different countries. Of those, 80 short films and seven feature films were chosen for competition.
The Nelvana Grand Prize for Independent Short went to Diane Obomsawin’s J’aimes les Filles (I Like Girls), a colourful series of narratives where women recount the discovery of homosexual desire in short, sweet vignettes. The Grand Prize for Features went to Louise en Hiver, directed by Jean-François Laguionie.
This year’s Short, Feature and Kids Competition screenings were judged by three official juries, including one comprised of Ottawa-area children between the ages of 8 and 12 who judged the Shorts and Series for Young Audiences Competition.
The winner in the Best Short Film Made for Young Audiences category was Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service, by Karim Rhellam & Kim Claeys of Belgium. And the winner in the Best Animated Series Made for Young Audiences category was Shaun the Sheep ‘The Farmer’s Llamas’ by Jay Grace of the U.K.