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Stopmotion and stick figures: Ottawa International Animation Festival returns

From minute-long stick-figure snippets to full-length clay animated films, Ottawa’s animated film festival returns this week. We challenged Artistic Director Chris Robinson to narrow down his top five toons.

Oscar Award-winning animator Adam Elliot’s latest film, Ernie Biscuit, will screen at the ByTown Cinema on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Oscar Award-winning animator Adam Elliot’s latest film, Ernie Biscuit, will screen at the ByTown Cinema on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ernie Biscuit

In the true fashion of Oscar award-winning filmmaker Adam Elliot, Ernie Biscuit is a sweetly poetic claymation biography. A lonely, deaf Parisian taxidermist travels to Australia with his pet duck in this 21-minute short.

Screening: ByTowne Cinema, Sunday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

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The Magic Mountain

Romanian director Anca Damian delivers an animated mosaic in this documentary about a Polish refugee who fled to Paris and later headed to war in Afghanistan.

Screening: ByTowne Cinema, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

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The Simpsons ‘Couch Gag’

Another Oscar award nominee, Sylvain Chomet, does his own ‘couch gag’ intro for the iconic American animated family.

Screening: ByTowne Cinema Thursday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 18 at 9:15 p.m.

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Waves ‘98

Set in suburban post-war Beirut, high school student Omar discovers something odd that leads him on a fantastical journey through his city. It won the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the Cannes Festival.

Screening: ByTowne Cinema on Friday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. and National Gallery Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.

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World of Tomorrow

A girl’s future self takes her on a tour of what lies ahead in this stick figure short. Filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt, who created It’s Such a Beautiful Day and Rejected, won an award for this latest animation at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Screening: ByTowne Cinema Thursday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 18 at 9:15 p.m.

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