April 13, 2024

The Ottawa Worldwide Animation Pageant (OIAF) introduced the creation of the Hélène Tanguay Award for Humour, in recognition of the late Nationwide Movie Board of Canada worker and 2007 OIAF Honorary President. A champion for the worldwide animation group, Tanguay was identified for her infectious humorousness. In her honor, the brand new award acknowledges animated works that convey the same sense of untamed, darkish, or absurd humor.

“Hélène was beloved by all of the basic animation festivals, however her connection to the OIAF was particular,” mentioned OIAF Creative Director Chris Robinson. “For a lot of attendees, Hélène was a fixture of the OIAF for the reason that Seventies, regaling festival-goers with numerous hilarious tales about animation, travels, cats,  and… extra cats. Having an award in her honor ensures that we maintain her spirit going at future OIAFs – and given her love of each sort of humor, from the foolish to the darkish to bawdy – it simply is sensible that we have a good time and acknowledge humor in her identify.”

The Hélène Tanguay Award for Humour joins the roster of awards at OIAF, together with the Grand Prize for Animated Characteristic, the Grand Prize for Animated Brief, the Public Prize, the Canadian Movie Institute Award for Finest Canadian Animation, and several other craft awards. The winner of this newest award addition can be chosen by a handpicked, rotating jury of Tanguay’s buddies and colleagues.

If chosen for Official Competitors, animators could have the chance to win the Hélène Tanguay Award for Humour. The competition accepts animated works till Might 31, 2023, and can announce its Official Choice in July.

Supply: Ottawa Worldwide Animation Pageant

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