Nikita Diakur’s Ugly named winner of Ottawa International Animation Festival


The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), has declared the winners of its 2017 edition. The details of the OIAF were announced at an awards ceremony held at Saint Brigid’s Center for the Arts.

The Nelvana Grand Prize for Independent Short was collected by Nikita Diakur’s Ugly, a simulated short film about two beings trying to find peace in a dystopic neighborhood.


The competition short jury comprised of animation directors Janice Nadeau (Canada), Marta Pajek (Poland), and Theodore Ushev (Bulgaria/Canada).

The award comes on the heels of another major prize that Diakur won a couple weeks ago: the New Talent award at Switzerland’s Fantoche festival.

The prize at Ottawa is an Oscar-qualifying award, which means that Ugly would now be eligible to compete for this year’s Academy Award for the best animated short.