Attention: Studios – DISCOMICS Joburg

Attention: Studios – DISCOMICS Joburg

African comic book, game development and animation studios are invited to take part in the Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP content, adaptation right and project market slated from 14 to 16 November – and join the DISCOMICS Joburg umbrella.


Taking advantage of Africa’s incredible reservoir of comic books, animation and video-gaming talents, the African Animation Network and the organizers of the DISCOP Markets have recently launched a new initiative, DISCOMICS, to bring these talents under the sight of international buyers and producers.

Twenty creators, graphic artistsgame developers and animators will be offered the possibility to attend DISCOP Johannesburg 2018 and enjoy VIP privileges throughout the 3-day market as well as the following complimentary benefits:

Each DISCOMICS talent will also have the opportunity to:

  1. Make a 5-minute presentation during the DISCOMICS TALENT SHOWCASE to be held in front of key players seeking fresh talent and influencing production and programming decisions.
  2. Have a short form animation included in FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL which will be screening at the Joburg Film Festival and touring Africa in 2019
  3. Have a non-exclusive SVOD license for inclusion in the African Animation Network bouquet on MTN Shortz which is live in South Africa and will be expanding into other African countries in the near future

1500+ delegates driving content acquisition, production and sales business in Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to take part in a market specifically tailored to meet the demand of a rapidly changing audiovisual landscape under the influence of a marked preference for home-grown content, the emergence of local talents, viewers’ migration to mobile screens and faster and cheaper internet.

400+ independent producers and global distributors will also attend the 3-day market with finished content, adaptation rights, works in progress and projects in development, as well as 350+ acquisition executives representing broadcasters, premium cable channels, mobile operators and streaming platforms servicing Sub-Saharan Africa.

Open to up-and-coming talents from all over Africa, the DISCOMICS offer – which aims to identify, grow and support a pipeline of talented creators– is only valid until Friday 12 October. Please respond immediately to for further details and receive our DISCOMICS PROMO CODE and further instructions.

For more information contact:

DISCOP | | TEL + 1 323 782 13 00
African Animation Network |




African Animation Network partners with Joburg Film Festival for FUPiTOONS FESTIVAL 2018.

– FUPI: Swahili, adjective; meaning: “SHORT”

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2018 - Poster design by Comfort Arthur

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2018 – Poster design by Comfort Arthur

Africa’s first- Made in Africa for Kidsanimation short film festivalFUPiTOONS FESTiVAL returns in 2018 presented by the African Animation Network (AAN) in partnership with the Joburg Film Festival (JFF).  The second edition of FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL will be screened at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank during JFF and will tour Africa in 2019.  The first edition of FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL (2017) will have toured 9 events across the continent by the end of October 2018.

According to Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at AAN; “The aim of FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL is twofold; firstly, we’re creating a platform for African animation to be celebrated and, secondly, we’re attempting to develop audience for African animated content across the continent.  We have strategically partnered with JFF to screen during their festival to reach a wider cinema going audience and furthermore, with JFF running parallel to DISCOP Markets, we’re targeting key decision makers in African broadcasting.  Thereafter, in 2019, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL will tour across our partner footprint in Africa owing to the resounding success of the 2018 tour.”

“We’re excited to place a focus on animation at this year’s edition of JFF” continued, Tim Mangwedi, Producer of JFF.  “FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL is a great initiative and we’re looking forward to creating a platform for African animation within the wider narrative of a film festival“.

Joburg Film Festival

Award winning animation director and Festival Director of FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL, Comfort Arthur of Ghana, had the following to say; “Africa is rich in talent and creativity.  Unfortunately, owing to financial constraints, the bulk of African animation is short-form.  Thus, having a platform like FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL is invaluable for animators around the continent, to be celebrated and for their creations to reach audiences.”

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL is looking for the best African animated short-form content aimed at audiences 2 to 12 years to be part of a 1 hour screening.  Closing date for submissions: 12th October, 2018.