About Animation Africa
Africa’s first event dedicated to animation films, Animation Africa is a screening and discussion forum exposing and exploring the entire industry in the rest of Africa.
The event has its roots firmly planted in the creative side of animation business, and acts to provide animators, directors, producers, students, artist, designers, writers and educators, a forum in which they can share their knowledge and skills and promote the art of animation.
From Cairo to Cape Town, Animation Africa will bring the industry together on annual basis as the African animation sector galvanizes it self in preparation for a prosperous future.
Why Animation Africa now?
The gift of having hundreds of animators in the whole of the African continent has not been matched over the years by an event that celebrates and reflects the talents and achievements of the industry. Despite the existence of the art form in almost every country around the continent, there had lacked a festival that unites the various industries and represent the continent with one voice. As such Animation Africa complements smaller animation film industry events dotted around the continent. The bigger picture approach to its organization and execution is what adds to its strategy in both its creation and festival programming. This approach is at a continental scale never before imagined and experienced by the players and stakeholders of the sector.
As networking and inspiration among players is key, Animation Africa believes its existence will provide a vital convergence that has potential to catalyze growth and development across the continent. We have filled a continental gape that had remained yawning and its filling now has rested the wishes of many who called for an event of this magnitude to take shape.
All over the continent, growth of the animation industry is evident, with several films being produced and exposed locally and internationally. Major animation films produced in Africa to date include South African productions Lion of Judah and Jock of The Bushveld. There is also some encouraging growth of the industry from East Africa with recent films Manzese (Uganda) and Legend of Ngong Hills (Kenya). This production growth and more indicates a great future for animation films and also the imminent establishment of the inaugural Animation Africa film festival.
Also, other efforts such as pay broadcaster M-
To give professionals an opportunity to meet, network and exchange while tasting new trends in the industry.
To be the leading animation film festival in Africa, growing and influencing trends in the continental industry.
Key networks for the festival:
Animation schools, associations, mainstream film festivals, etc
Events’ Key Content and Duration
Animation Africa is a two day program that features premiers and retrospectives, rare screenings, guest speakers, exhibition, workshops with leading artists, and plenty of opportunities to connect with new colleagues and likeminded artists. There is something for everyone, from animation professionals to students, to general public.
When is the event to be held?
Animation Africa will be held in April 2012, in Cape Town at a venue to be shortly announced. Who should attend?
From around the African continent we are calling all animators, animation film directors, producers, students, artist, designers, writers and educators to be part of this exciting event.
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