Ottawa International Animation Festival Wants You To Pitch THIS!

Ottawa, Canada - July 19, 2016

Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)

Corus and Toon Boom team up with OIAF for 40th Anniversary Pitch THIS! Competition

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America's leading animation film festival, is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for anyone with a great idea for an animated TV series! Corus Entertainment, a long-time OIAF partner, is offering a development deal in addition to Toon Boom animation software to the winner of Pitch THIS! at the event's industry stream TAC (The Animation Conference), September 21—23, 2016.

"As a long-time supporter of independent production and animation, Corus and its animation division, Nelvana, are thrilled to be able to support a project from its infancy and offer guidance during the development process," says Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana, a division of Corus. "Many great shows evolve from pitch sessions and we're looking forward to a unique and dynamic project that our Corus Kids and Toon Boom teams can assist in nurturing from the get-go."

TAC provides a chance for new-comers and professionals to network and keep up with industry trends while having access to the most creative, original and innovative animation out there. Every year TAC presents Pitch THIS!, a contest where two creators get the chance to pitch their new project to the TAC audience.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary, not only is there a development deal on the line, but the 2016 program has added a mentorship twist as well! This year TEN PITCHES will be selected and the creators paired with a mentor who will help them develop their idea. This is a rare opportunity for folks to work closely with a seasoned industry professional, and receive feedback on their project!

All ten pitches will be presented on Wednesday September 21st during TAC, where each contestant has only ten minutes to impress a small committee of experts. From this group, two lucky candidates will be selected to present their idea at the official Pitch THIS! event on Thursday, September 22 to a panel of broadcasters and the entire audience at TAC, an audience that includes over 300 potential buyers and financiers within the industry.

"The OIAF and Corus Entertainment have had a longstanding relationship of working together to foster the animation industry," says Azarin Sohrabkhani, Director of Industry Programming for OIAF. "It's very exciting to be able to work together again during this milestone year to present this amazing opportunity to the animation community."

Proposals should include:

  • Project synopsis, including log line and character descriptions

  • One episode synopsis

  • Concept art

  • Bios of key creators

  • Content aimed at children ages 2—11

  • Please note: no more than 2 submissions per production company

  • We are accepting International submissions!

Send your Pitch THIS! proposals to:


About Corus
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children's book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus' roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at

About Toon Boom Animation
Toon Boom Animation's award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Bento Box Entertainment, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Animation, Mercury Filmworks, Nelvana and The Spa Studios. Toon Boom technology is available in Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. For more information, visit:

About the OIAF
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world's leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub and attracting more than 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world. This year's OIAF runs September 21 – 25, 2016. Visit the OIAF website at:

For more information (press only):
Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Desideria Mastriaco
Marketing and Communications Manager
+1 514 490 6497

For more information, please contact Azarin Sohrabkhani, Director of Industry Programming for OIAF at