The 2021 edition of Ottawa International Animation Festival was held from September 22th to October 3rd in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. OIAF is Academy Award Qualifying with the prize Best Independent Short.

Winners have been announced, visit OIAF’s website for all the awards, we are only listing short films.

Grand Prize for Short Animation

Honekami (A Bite of Bone) by Honami Yano (Japan)

Public Prize

Night Bus by Joe Hsieh (Taiwan)

Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation

The Shaman’s Apprentice by Zacharias Kunuk (Canada)

Special Mention
Meneath: The Island of Hidden Ethics by Terril Calder (Canada)

Vimeo Staff Pick Award

Un kilomètre à pied (Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty, Fifty Miles a Day) by Mathieu Georis (Belgium)

Animated Short Competition Category Prizes

Best Non-Narrative 
Anxious Body by Yoriko Mizushiri (France, Japan)

Best Narrative
The Shaman’s Apprentice by Zacharias Kunuk (Canada)

Bento Box Award for Best Student Animation
Space by Zhong Xian (United Kingdom)

Animation for Young Audiences (Preschool) Competition

Bémol by Oana Lacroix (Switzerland)

Special Mentions
Konigiri-Kun Concert by Mari Miyazawa (Japan)
S is for Spiders by Warren Brown (Canada)
Ink by Erik Verkerk, Joost van den Bosch (The Netherlands)

Animation for Young Audiences (Ages 6-12) Competition

T’as vendu mes rollers (You Sold My Rollerskates?) by Margaux Cazal, Jeanne Hammel, Louis Holmes, Sandy Lachkar, Agathe Leroux, Léa Rey–Mauzaize (France)

Special Mention
Only a child by Simones Giampaolo (Switzerland)

Canadian Student Competition

Don’t Think About Her by Liza Desya (Sheridan College)

Special Mentions
Fleeting: Here and There by Gilnaz Arzpeyma (Concordia University)
The GOAT by Alexandra Ouchev (Dawson College)

Animated Short Competition Craft Awards

Best Script
All Those Sensations in My Belly by Marko Djeska (Croatia, Portugal)

Best Design
Abandoned Village by Mariam Kapanadze (Georgia)

Best Animation Technique
Steakhouse by Špela Čadež (Slovenia, Germany, France)

Best Sound Design
A Family That Steals Dogs by John C. Kelley (USA)