The Okanagan International Festival of Animation (OkIFA) is an annual five-day animation and digital media event, market, and conference set to launch in October 2017 in the beautiful city of Kelowna, British Columbia – in the heart of the Okanagan Valley.
This exciting new event will offer animated and digital media screenings that include independent and larger budget productions, blockbusters, commissioned and non-commissioned films, and student work. These screenings will be interwoven with a range of events including opening and closing galas, an awards ceremony, a guided walk through the beautiful downtown Kelowna, and a career day where aspiring animators and artists can have face time with world-class animation schools, studio recruiters and industry professionals.
For the inaugural 2017 festival, high profile animation professional Danny Antonucci has agreed to act as Artistic Director. His remarkable body of work has inspired countless artists and amazed millions of fans. From his infamous Lupo the Butcher film (an homage to his beloved uncle) to his work on MTV’s The Brothers Grunt and the highly successful Ed, Edd n Eddy – the 10-year series that shattered every record that international broadcaster Cartoon Network had achieved up to that point – Mr. Antonucci has earned a reputation as one of the most talented visionaries in animation.While Mr. Antonucci has garnered a range of international accolades and acknowledgement for his talents, his focus has always been on the work rather than the celebrity of it all. He is the consummate artist, letting his creativity lead the way in a no-holds-barred M.O., and he will not be manipulated to produce against his vision. Needless to say, with Mr. Antonucci as the Artistic Director, the bar for the Okanagan International Festival of Animation is set high.