CTIAF Celebrates Animation in Africa

CTIAF Celebrates Animation in Africa

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the sixth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) takes place from March 2 to 5, 2017. Previously called Kunjanimation Animation Festival, it will hold at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

The CTIAF has become a significant fixture on the international festival calendar, providing a platform for South Africans to experience some of the world’s best animated films, and a marketplace for the fast-growing African animation industry. The 2017 edition received 221 entries for submissions from 40 countries.

The festival features business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions, an outreach programme and outdoor screenings. There is also a line-up of an exciting range of masterclasses and workshops with global industry leaders.

The Cape Town International Animation Festival enjoys generous support from sponsors like the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Wesgro, Animation SA and the French Institute of South Africa. Movie screenings will take place in the mornings while drawing classes with Draw for Life and various workshops are scheduled for later in the day. Frédéric Chambon, Head of Film and Media, French Embassy/Institute of South Africa expressed delight in their involvement with the festival. “The French and South African animation industries have a long history of collaboration and the festival has over the years provided many fruitful opportunities for growth and collaboration in the sector.”

A particular highlight of the festival is a session to be delivered by producer Ivan Rouveure from Les Armateurs whose work includes Oscar-nominated film The Secret of Kells, TV series T’choupi a l’ecole and Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes, the latter, nominated for a French César award. In addition, Veronique Encrenaz, Project Manager at Marche International du Film d’Animation (MIFA) will deliver a session about making pitches and projects stand out from the crowd. MIFA is associated with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, one of the largest animation-focused markets and festivals in the world.

Other events include a workshop on “How to prepare and present your pitch bible”, to be delivered by Vanessa Sinden from Story Lab. The festival will also include panel discussions on skills-building initiatives and transformation in the industry, as well as talks about funding and the results of a recent animation survey. Nick Hall and Pippa Tshabalala are two of the keynote speakers to address the gaming sector. A new addition this year is an exhibition space where animators can get feedback on their portfolios from industry experts. Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz from Nick Animation Studio will share her experiences as well. While working as a post-production supervisor on Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, she dreamt of making her own pre-school series. Inspired by her Iranian-American upbringing, she wanted the series to have strong female heroes set against a vibrant multicultural fantasy world thus, Shimmer and Shine was born.

This year, in collaboration with Design Indaba, the CTIAF will present the African premiere of Revolting Rhymes—an adaptation of a Roald Dahl/Quentin Blake classic, which premiered on BBC One at Christmas (2016). The computer animated, 2-part TV film was produced by Magic Light Pictures, London and animated by Triggerfish Animation Studios, Cape Town. Coinciding with the one-hundredth anniversary of Dahl’s birth, the film combines the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, serving them with a mischievous twist. It was directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, both former Annecy winners and Oscar nominees.

There will also be screenings of My Life as a Courgette which recently won the Best Animated Feature Film at the European Film Awards, as well as Crystal and Public Awards at the Annecy International Film Festival. My Life as a Courgette was Switzerland’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category at the 2017 Oscars. This stop-motion feature film is adapted from Gilles Paris’ book about children and the strength of resilience among a group of friends, advocating empathy, camaraderie, sharing and tolerance.

CTIAF Festival Director Dianne Makings

According to the festival director Dianne Makings: “We are also delighted to announce that we will have producers from the Canada-based, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc joining us. They are an award-winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. We are celebrating the depth of our internationally recognised South African talent while presenting the opportunity for industry players to gain access to global icons in the field. Our aim is to promote and be a gateway for the African industry while connecting animation creators from around the world.”

Pippa Tshabalala Image Credit: Fortress of Solitude

Monica Rorvik, Head of Film and Media Promotion at Wesgro

“The animation industry is rapidly growing and it has the potential to be one of our biggest creative export products. Our animators are among some of the best in the world and Wesgro strongly supports opportunities such as the festival that create platforms for them to connect and thrive”, said Monica Rorvik, Head of Film and Media Promotion at Wesgro, the official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, which endorsed the CTIAF.

Zama Mkosi, CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation, South Africa. Image credit: NFVF

“We have been a long-time partner of the Cape Town International Animation Festival as part of our commitment to funding initiatives that nurture our incredible South African talent, grow skills development opportunities and promote the industry as a unique driver of economic growth”, said Zama Mkosi, CEO of The National Film and Video Foundation.

“Canada’s film and TV industry is not just about great productions and actors. Canada is also a key player in the digital media industry. From animation and gaming to amazing special effects, Canada is leading the way. I am delighted to support the participation of Canadians in the Cape Town Animation Film Festival, especially this year. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than promoting Canadian-South African collaboration in cultural industries.” said Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa.

Timothy Mayers and Tasania Parsadh from Nickelodeon at the fifth CTIAF

Nuno Martins, Dayaan Abarder, Eduardo Rocha and Allegra Hoekstra at the fifth CTIAF

Image credits: CTIAF


Adebimpe Adebambo is the Business Development Officer at Revilo, an art and culture publishing company. She studied Painting at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. Adebambo is also a fashion and accessories designer, and her work is concerned with environmental sustainability and recycling. She debuted as a costume designer on Tunde Kelani's award-winning film Dazzling Mirage, garnering for her efforts, 2 nominations in 2015 for an Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Award and an African Movie Academy Award for Best Costume Designer and Achievement in Costume Design, respectively. Adebimpe Adebambo loves to write and is presently working on a storybook.

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