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Animation Histories: Cultural Bridge between the Philippines and Canada

Animation Histories: Cultural Bridge between the Philippines and Canada

In this experimental animation studio course, students will work collaboratively with animation students from iAcademy in Manila on a research project and exhibition looking at how the Philippines and Canada have been connected throughout their respective animation histories. The film will be shown in the context of an exhibition on the History of Animation in the Philippines at iAcademy. 


The main output will be a short, animated collaborative documentary highlighting these connections, with a special focus on the development of Canadian animation technologies such as Toonboom software, which has been instrumental in the development of animation in the Philippines. The project will also look at the Canadian animation industry and its use of offshore production in the Philippines. The project will involve recording the stories of Filipino and Canadian players in the animation industry who have developed the animation tools and productions that have had an impact on animation in both countries. 


The course will look at contemporary discourses and approaches to animated documentaries and the role of colonialism in animation history, provide technical workshops in After Effects and other animation or projection techniques, and will culminate in a group exhibition/screening in Manila. 


Here are some shared workshops for iAcademy and OCAD U students to be considered: 

  • experimental approaches to animated documentary production 

  • presentations on research in progress: topics including animation histories of Canada and the Philippines, industry practices like offshore production, questions of colonialism, history and cultural implications of digital animation technologies (eg. Toonboom) 

  • technical production skillshare session on AfterEffects, Toonboom and other techniques 

  • expanded animation practices when exhibiting or projecting animation in a gallery space 

The course is best suited to students who have completed 10 credits or more (2nd year) and have taken some animation courses. Skills in film production, sound recording, and post-production would also be a strong asset. The call is open to students in the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design and Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 


The production of the documentary will be collaborative: research and recording of stories will happen both in Canada and the Philippines, OCAD U students will meet remotely with iAcademy students throughout the Winter term to share progress on their research, engage in group critiques at different creative stages of the project and engage in joint animation software workshops. While in Manila, participants can expect the first week to be intensively producing or finalizing the animation, with the final week being dedicated to setting up the exhibition screening. 

Students will be required to attend kickoff meetings and workshops in the winter term (not necessarily in-person) and an in-person exhibition/screening of the final work in Toronto upon our return in June 2024


Travel Dates: May 10th – May 25th, 2024 

Want to learn more? Join us for an information session on November 3rd, 1:00pm-2:30pm  

Location: 115 McCaul, lower level 


Instructor: Philippe Blanchard  

International Programs & Collaborations Office: 


Submission deadline: Sunday November 12th by 11:59pm   


Eligibility: This call is open to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design and Faculty of Arts and Science who have completed a minimum of 10.0 credits and have taken some animation courses. If you have already participated in an international collaboration CROS-3025 you will not be eligible to apply. 


Funding: OCAD U seeks to reduce barriers to participation and increase the engagement of underrepresented students in international learning opportunities.  Funding for domestic undergraduate students is provided through the Global Skills Opportunity program. Target groups are defined through this program as follows:    


Low-income students: either having 1.) been approved for a Canada/Provincial Student Loan, Canada Student Grant or similar non-repayable student financial assistance in your province or territory for your current program of study OR 2.) In the absence of receiving non-repayable student financial assistance, can provide information to demonstrate that they require financial support to cover the estimated costs/expenses of this course.   


Indigenous students: First Nations, Métis, or Inuk (Inuit). This includes urban and unaffiliated Indigenous peoples.   

Students with disabilities: For the purposes of this program, disability is defined as a difficulty or impairment due to a long-term condition or health problem and/or experiences a limitation in their daily activities. Students do not need to be registered with OCAD U’s Student Accessibility Services, rather they are only required to only self-identify.   


This funding is to assist with estimated costs for flight, accommodations, meals and local travel. It is available to domestic undergraduate students who self-identify as one or more of these groups. Along with your application you will be asked to self-identify in order for us to gauge student funding eligibility. Note, your responses will not affect the evaluation of your application to participate. To receive these funds, eligible participants must participate in pre-departure training and will be required to submit GSO forms and travel forms.  


*Students who have already received this funding are not eligible. Priority will be given to students who have not already received GSO or GEP (Global Experience Project) funding through previous opportunities*    


Estimated Costs/expenses: There is no associated participation or application fee, however, note that all selected students will be registered for this course and will be responsible for the associated tuition for a 0.5 credit. Eligible students will be provided with a maximum of $1750.00 CAD (Canadian dollars) for their round-trip airfare. 


Successful applicants will be contacted to participate in a short interview on  

Wednesday November 22nd, via Teams 



Flight (round trip)   


Up to a maximum of $1750.00 CAD will be provided 



Accommodation (shared room)   


(52.50/ pp per night) $787.50 ea for 15 nights 




Breakfast Included and café available approx. $10/ meal  

$300 approx. for 2 meals x day ($20 a day) 



Local Travel  


$20 (.40 c per trip) 


Total estimated cost:     



This is the summary of estimated costs. For those students who are not eligible for GSO funding, they will be responsible for covering these expenses.  


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