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July 8, 2012

going to ottawa on a racc grant

by sven at 1:25 pm

I've just won my first grant: funding from the Regional Arts and Culture Council will help me go to the Ottawa International Animation Festival this fall.

2012 Ottawa International Animation Festival poster

This is a Professional Development Grant. It's intended to assist "artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically." It doesn't go to the Northwest Animation Festival as an organization, but rather to me as an individual who has a career producing arts events. The funding won't pay for the trip to Ottawa in its entirety, but will certainly make a big difference.

Ottawa is the oldest, largest, most important animation happening in North America. I made the case that I'm at a pivotal moment, when experiencing the gold standard of festivals first hand is likely to have the most significant impact on my curatorial vision.

The fest will run from Sept 19-23. It's a 36-year-old event that pulls in 2000+ film entries each cycle. I'll be joining 27,000 attendees for 90+ screenings and related events... I'm really looking forward seeing this monster in person!

posted by sven | July 8, 2012 1:25 PM | categories: exhibits & events, nw animation festival