Local and International Stars of Animation Line Up for CTIAF 2018
From March 2 to 4, 2018 Animation SA, Cape Town will present the seventh Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.
With something for all ages, the festival presents the best of local and international films by award-winning animators, as well as provides a unique platform to engage with global industry leaders in a series of insightful workshops, talks and panel discussions.
The CTIAF has become a significant fixture on the international festival calendar as a marketplace for the fast-growing and internationally acclaimed African animation industry. It also hosts live drawing classes, business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions and an outreach programme.
Big Bad Fox, directed by Academy Award nominated French Director Benjamin Renner, will have its local premiere at the CTIAF. Adapted from Renner’s own books Le grand méchantrenard and Un bébé à livrer The Hollywood Reporter called the film ‘wacky, heartwarming and wise’. It features a collection of animals on a farm like no other.
From the creators of BAFTA award-winning and Academy Award nominated Revolting Rhymes comes The Highway Rat, a delightful animation of the popular children’s story by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Produced by Magic Light Pictures and animated at Cape Town based Triggerfish Animation Studios, The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. The film premiered on BBC 1 in England on Christmas Day and stars David Tennant, Rob Brydon, and Tom Hollander.
As part of their centenary celebrations in South Africa, the Japanese Embassy and Consulate in Cape Town have partnered with the CTIAF for a second year. President and CEO of Polygon Pictures, John Shuzo Shiota returns to join the speaker line-up. There will also be screenings of Japanese animated film Mary and the Witch’s Flower directed by Academy Award nominated animator Yonebayashi Hiromasa. Shiota participated in the launch of Dream Pictures Studio in 1997 before he moved to Polygon Pictures two years later. Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the first animated film from Studio Ponoc. Here, a strange flower grants a young girl magical powers, which leads to the adventure of a lifetime.
Pear Cider and Cigarettes was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It will be screened at the CTIAF and its creator, Canadian animator and visual graphic artist Robert Valley will attend the programme to talk about this brutally honest story of a turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood.
The 2018 CTIAF programme will also include a selection of screenings of work by international artists curated by the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
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