In Pur­suit of In­famy

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Tit­mouse chief Chris Prynoski’s ode to fame for fame’s sake in Hol­ly­wood lands in the fea­ture spot­light at the 2016 Ot­tawa In­ter­na­tional An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val. By Tom McLean.


Robin­son: I think maybe it’s a re­flec­tion of the per­son­al­i­ties of the staff. ... We try to make things fun. We don’t go in for red car­pet stuff. We don’t care about world pre­mieres. We just want peo­ple to come and have a good time. ... I know some fes­ti­vals are a lit­tle bit more ex­clu­sive and you strug­gle to find out where par­ties are and how to get in to them. And that’s some­thing we don’t like to do in Ot­tawa. We like ev­ery­body to be in­volved, and I think that’s helped us over the years.

An­imag: What do you en­joy about this job, hav­ing done it for a while?

Robin­son: Where I get the most per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion is when I sit — I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing at the walls where I do it right now — where I get in­dex cards and write out all the films that are look­ing like they’re go­ing into com­pe­ti­tion and then I pro­gram it on the walls. It’s like or­der­ing the films, the chore­og­ra­phy of the com­pe­ti­tions. That’s still my fa­vorite part of the process, where you’re start­ing to see the iden­tity of that year’s fes­ti­val de­fined up on the walls. It’s just so much or­der­ing films, where you get to have some power over au­di­ence re­ac­tions and things like that and just find­ing a rhythm. ... The other as­pect is when the fes­ti­val’s here and you’re see­ing old friends come and you’re meet­ing new peo­ple, like when I mod­er­ate the Meet the Film­mak­ers ses­sions.

An­imag: What are you most look­ing for­ward to at this year’s fes­ti­val?

Robin­son: I al­ways like open­ing night be­cause we al­ways plan some jokey open­ings. A long time ago, we got rid of for­mal open­ings; it was just some­thing that al­ways both­ered me. And then some­times sit­ting in the com­pe­ti­tion to see the re­ac­tions to what you’ve se­lected, be­cause you’re do­ing that in iso­la­tion, so it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing — some­times painful — to sit with an au­di­ence and see a film again. ... And then the last day I’m al­ways look­ing for­ward to. [

Other Fes­ti­val High­lights

An­i­ma­tor’s Picnic Pre­sented by Car­toon Net­work, this spe­cial event for passh­old­ers will con­vene at Rideau Falls, where lunch, bev­er­ages and 40th an­niver­sary cake will be served. It’s also the lo­ca­tion of the beloved pump­kin carv­ing con­test and one of the most re­lax­ing, en­joy­able and pro­duc­tive events of the en­tire fes­ti­val. 40 Years of OIAF Posters

Ex­hi­bi­tion The fes­ti­val posters have al­ways been a high­light of the Ot­tawa ex­pe­ri­ence, and for the first time all of them will be on dis­play in one place.

The lineup of artists who have con­trib­uted poster art in­cludes Wendy Tilby, Ishu Pa­tel, Marv New­land, Dave Cooper, Nick Cross, An­dreas Hykade, Theodore Ushev, Gary Base­man, Run Wrake, An­drea Stokes, Gary Pan­ter, Gary Leib, Koji Ya­ma­mura, Howie Tsui, Os­car Grillo, Jonas Odell, Caleb Wood (and the Hut Col­lec­tive), David OReilly, Aaron Au­gen­blick and Mati Kütt, and Michael Zavacky.

The open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion on Wed­nes­day will in­tro­duce the cre­ator of the 2017 poster. Posters will be avail­able for pur­chase and some of the artists will be in at­ten­dance to sign copies. Clos­ing Night Party The fi­nal chance to soak in all the won­ders of the fes­ti­val, bid adieu to friends old and new and start mak­ing plans for 2017. [

˜n Ge­wone blou Maand­a­goggend (An Or­di­nary Blue Mon­day) What They Be­lieve Velo­drool Razbu­dit volka (To Rouse the Wolf)

No na ptica (Nighthawk) Frank­furter Str. 99a (99A Frank­furt Street)

Lin­nu­gripp (Bird Flu) Fig­ury niemo­zliwe i inne his­to­rie II (Im­pos­si­ble Fig­ures and Other Sto­ries II) Fired on Mars

Hi, It’s Your Mother Loogey and the Frog There’s Too Many of These Crows O The­Box

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