Animation Exposé — September 28

Ottawa International Animation Festival

Get the ultimate animation experience at Animation Exposé! 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!

FREE STUFF! Don’t miss the Tech Pavilion, a chance to explore beautifully and innovatively crafted interactive experiences using immersive technologies like virtual reality. Ready to kick-start your career? Find your dream school or job at the Exposé Fair. Put your drawing skills to the test with ongoing art sessions with live models, between taking in animation demos and fireside chats.


Headlining this year’s event is Rebecca Sugar, creator of the upcoming musical-filled adventure Steven Universe The Movie premiering Monday, Sept. 2 (6pm ET/PM) on Cartoon Network. In his first television movie scheduled for this fall, Steven thinks his time defending the Earth is over, but when a new threat comes to Beach City, Steven faces his biggest challenge yet.
The critically acclaimed TV series Steven Universe won its first Peabody and GLAAD award earlier this year. Sugar will be a key speaker at Animation Exposé and will introduce a special screening of the TV movie the day before.

Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry will be speaking about his passion project Hair Love, a short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. Cherry, who was an executive producer for BlacKkKlansman, raised funds for the film with a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, before collaborating with Sony Pictures Animation on the release of the short. Cherry is joined by fellow director Bruce Smith (creator, The Proud Family, animator, The Princess and the Frog) to present the making of the heartfelt short.

Canadian natives Trent Correy (Supervising Animator, Frozen 2, Animator Moana, Zootopia) and Mitch Counsell (Character Technical Director, Moana, Zootopia, Big Hero 6) return home for the exclusive world premieres of their films, Drop and Fetch, which are part of Disney Animation’s Short Circuit program.

Canada’s talent continues to shine with True and the Rainbow Kingdom from Guru Studio, a Netflix original which was executive produced by Pharrell Williams. Brandon James Scott (Creative Director) and the team of art directors and designers at Guru Studio will present an in-depth exploration of how they brought the aesthetic and spirit of art collective FriendsWithYou’s colourful and immersive artwork to the screen.

Warner Bros. Animation presents the next chapter in the iconic story of the Looney Tunes with Looney Tunes Cartoons – a series of new short form cartoons starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the many other beloved Looney Tunes characters. Executive producer and director Pete Browngardt (creator, Uncle Grandpa) presents a behind-the-scenes look inside the production process of one of the studio’s most ambitious Looney Tunes projects to date.


Are you looking for the right animation school? Are you ready to hone your skills as a budding animator? Are you an experienced animator looking for the next phase in your career? If so, pack up your portfolio and come meet with the various School and Industry representatives at the Exposé Fair.

Participating Schools
Sheridan College
Algonquin College
Seneca College
Capilano University
California Institute of the Arts
Herzing College

Participating Companies
Mercury Filmworks
Guru Studio
Brown Bag Films
Jam Filled Entertainment
Tonic DNA
Atomic Cartoons- Ottawa
Island of Misfits
Digital Dimensions
Method Studios
Oasis Animation
Laughing Dragon Studios

More information about participating schools and companies, and who they will be looking to meet, will come in a future newsletter.


High school students can get a free Toon Apprentice Pass which allows them entry to screenings and talks all day Saturday, September 28 from 9am to 6pm. Get your pass online or bring your high school ID to pick up your pass on Saturday at the NAC.

Find all the information about Animation Exposé, including the schedule and how to buy tickets (coming soon!), at

Are you ready for OIAF 2019? Check out the OIAF’s Guide to Getting Animated for tips and reminders like how to buy your pass, get a deal on a hotel, and what to check out in Ottawa while you’re here!