North America’s biggest animation festival, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, has announced the feature film and short film selections for their 2013 edition. The festival takes place in Canada’s capital city from September 18-22.

“I was extremely pleased with the wide range of films this year,” said Chris Robinson, artistic director of the OIAF. “Their quality was outstanding, which made the selection process extremely difficult. The Japanese and feature films were particularly refreshing due to their boldness and originality.” The festival selected 106 finalists for competition this year, from a total of 1,924 entries.

Notably, Ottawa has expanded its feature film category this year, with a record eight feature-length films in competition. As I wrote a couple months ago, it is an “exciting time for animated features” and major animation festivals must acknowledge the growth of long-form animation to stay relevant. The feature films in competition at Ottawa this year are:

  • A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman directed by Jeff Simpson, Bill Jones and Ben Timlett (UK)
  • Anima Buenos Aires directed by Maria Ramirez (Argentina)
  • Couleur De Peau: Miel (Approved For Adoption) directed by Laurent Boileau and Jung (France/Belgium)
  • Cycle directed by Zoltan Sostai (Hungary)
  • It’s Such A Beautiful Day directed by Don Hertzfeldt (USA)
  • O Menino e o Mundo (The Boy and The World) directed by Ale Abreu (Brazil)
  • The Pain and The Pity directed by Phil Mulloy (UK)
  • Tito On Ice directed by Max Andersson and Helena Ahonen (Sweden/Germany)

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