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Ottawa International Animation Festival Reveals Features in Competition

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is one of North America's largest and longest running animation festivals. Since 1976 the festival has attracted animation lovers and luminaries from around the world to the Canadian Capital.

OIAF have announced the seven animated features that will make up this year's feature selection for the Offical Competition. The features selected represent a variety of animation styles and techniques and connect with audiences through themes of challenge and personal growth.

"This year’s competition has seven under-the-radar features that will surely catch a few eyes and hearts”,  OIAF Artistic Director Chris Robinson said. “From environmental dystopia (White Plastic Sky), immigration (No Dogs or Italians Allowed), and civil war (Nayola) to coming-of-age tales (When Adam Changes, Unicorn Boy, Chicken for Linda!) and some touching insight into the world of gaming environments (Knit’s Island), this year’s crop of feature competitors has something for everyone.”

The seven films in the competition are:

Adam change lentement (When Adam Changes) (dir. Joël Vaudreuil, Canada)

• Interdit aux chiens et aux Italiens (No Dogs or Italians Allowed) (dir. Alain Ughetto, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal)

•Knit’s Island (dirs. Quentin L'helgoualc'h, Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, France)

Linda Veut Du Poulet ! (Chicken for Linda!) (dirs. Chiara Malta, Sébastien Laudenbach, France, Italy)

•Müanyag Égbolt (White Plastic Sky) (dirs. Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó, Hungary, Slovakia)

•Nayola (dir. José Miguel Ribeiro, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands)

•Unicorn Boy (dir. Matt Kiel, United States)

Chicken For Linda comes fresh from its showing at Annecy International Animation Festival where it won two of the top prizes. It was also picked up for North American distribution by GKIDS Films. Adam change lentement (When Adam Changes), Linda Veut Du Poulet ! (Chicken for Linda!), and Müanyag Égbolt (White Plastic Sky) are all Candian premieres.

This year's Ottawa International Animation Festival takes place from September 20- 24. Find out more on the festival website.