DISCOMICS IQEMBU: AFRICA to service GLOBAL animation industry

DISCOMICS IQEMBU: AFRICA to service GLOBAL animation industry

DISCOMICS Joburg


DISCOMICS founders; African Animation Network (AAN) & DISCOP Markets announced at a press conference at the recent DISCOP Joburg event, the official launch of DISCOMICS IQEMBU.

 

DISCOMICS Iqembu Logo

AAN’s core mission is to create a sustainable African animation industry and central to achieving this goal is industry related education. Through its work across the continent over a number of years, AAN has established a Pan-African partner network of national animation associations, animation festivals and pop culture events that now includes (subsequent to an equity investment made by DISCOMICS) the 3 longest-running comic conventions in Africa; Nairobi Comic Con in Kenya, ICON Comic & Games Convention in South Africa and Lagos Comic Con in Nigeria.

DISCOMICS African Footprint


DISCOMICS FOOTPRINT:

Based on this inclusive network and DISCOP’s footprint of markets across the continent, DISCOMICS IQEMBU, with the support of key international industry partners, including; Toonz Media Group, Baboon Animation and Toon Boom Animation; will drive a 3-pronged strategy forward.

The 3-pronged strategy announced last week includes the following:

  1. DISCOMICS FUKAMELAincubate in isiZulu
  2. DISCOMICS SHESHISAaccelerate in isiZulu
  3. DISCOMICS IQEMBUcluster or group in isiZulu

DISCOMICS IQEMBU STRUCTURE


INDUSTRY PARTNERS:

Based in India, Toonz Media Group is a global leader in animation production producing over 10,000 mins of animation per yearBaboon Animation, based in New York, is a world leading animation IP development team having created Emmy Award Winning and Oscar nominated writing, directing, and design for over two decades. Toon Boom Animation, based in Canada, is the leading 2D animation software service provider in the world today.

AAN will co-develop animation production curricula, including a TOONZ ANIMATION FUKAMELA, and a specialised animation writing curriculum, a BABOON ANIMATION FUKAMELA. When the partners are happy with the quality of the work produced, roughly after six months, the TOONZ ANIMATION SHESHISA and BABOON ANIMATION SHESHISA will launch. Both Toonz Media Group and Baboon Animation will supply service work to sustain the talent pool, pipeline and infrastructure.

In partnership with Toon Boom Animation, AAN will co-develop a specialised 2D animation curriculum, a TOON BOOM FUKAMELA. Inclusive of the TOON BOOM FUKAMELA will be training for the creative leads/trainers.  Once these creative leads have finished their training, the TOON BOOM SHESHISA will launch, an internationally accredited TOON BOOM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE.

 

SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS:

CEREMONIAL SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS

CEREMONIAL SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Nick Wilson (Head of Projects & Content AAN & Co-founder DISCOMICS), Rathan Sam George (Director of Operations Toonz Media Group), Tim Mangwedi (Director, DISCOP Africa), Harry Ravelomanantsoa (Toon Boom Representative & Sales agent – Middle East & Africa), Mike de Seve (Creative Director Baboon Animation)


QUOTES FROM THE PARTNERS:

NICK WILSON HEAD OF PROJECTS AND CONTENT AANIndia is arguably the global leader in animation production and we can think of no better partner than Toonz Media Group.“ Nick Wilson, Head of Projects and Content at AAN and co-founder of DISCOMICS, says; “Furthermore, North America, and particularly the US, has been at the forefront of animation IP development since the inception of the animation industry.  The plethora of Emmy Awards and Oscar nominations that the Baboon Animation team has been responsible for clearly illustrates that.  And, having a global leading technology partner like Toon Boom, ensures we work to the highest global standards.  We’re exceptionally proud to have these 3 partners in the DISCOMICS IQEMBU. The long-term future of African animation looks exceedingly healthy.”


MIKE DE SEVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR BABOON ANIMATION

Mike de Seve, Creative Director of Baboon Animation has this to say of the partnership; “Many regions have built thriving animation industries starting with service work– later growing to be true creative voices in the world market. Over the years we’ve watched it happen in Japan, Korea, India and more recently China. African countries can be next: its talent pool is immense, and its vision unique.  Baboon is thrilled and honored to be here at the beginning of this amazing adventure!”


P.JAYAKUMAR CEO TOONZ MEDIA GROUP

Toonz Media Group is excited to start this journey with Africa. As the industry on the continent grows, it will become capable of sustaining itself. Education has been a cornerstone in our strategy in India to grow our own industry. Investing into the local talent pool through developing a curriculum is just as important to developing the African animation industry.“ says P. Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Media Group.


FRANCOIS_LALONDEToon Boom has, for many years, been looking at opportunities to grow its market share in Africa”, says Francois Lalonde, VP Sales and Marketing, Co-President of Toon Boom Animation Inc.; “We know of the huge creative talent pool on the continent and we’ve been trying to tailor our strategy around the unique requirements of the African animation industry. This partnership with DISCOP, AAN, Toonz Media Group and Baboon Animation is extremely exciting on many levels for Toon Boom as it is directly aligned with our vision in Africa.”


PATRICK ZUCHOWICKI CEO OF DISCOP MARKETS
Patrick Zuchowicki, CEO of DISCOP Markets is equally optimistic about the future of animation on the continent; “AAN and DISCOP have worked tirelessly to bring together global market leaders for its DISCOMICS IQEMBU initiative.  We’ve done extensive research into global trends in animation production and consumption to bring together global leaders in a best-of-breed solution and we are confident of the continued growth of this sector in Africa where over 60% of the population is under the age of 35.  There is an incredible opportunity for significant job creation across the continent through DISCOMICS IQEMBU.”


DISCOMICS IQEMBU: IDEATION TO DISTRIBUTION

For more information:
www.discop.com

https://africananimation.net/

 

The African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise and open network that endeavors to build a sustainable African animation industry.

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.

DISCOMIC Joburg

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 info@discop.com for further details and receive our DISCOMICS PROMO CODE and further instructions.

For more information contact:

DISCOP | info@discop.com | TEL + 1 323 782 13 00
African Animation Network | nick@poptheculture.co.za

 

The African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise and open network that endeavors to build a sustainable African animation industry.

FUPiTOONS FESTIVAL 2018 @ JFF

FUPiTOONS FESTIVAL 2018 @ JFF

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.

 

The African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise and open network that endeavors to build a sustainable African animation industry.

Lagos Comic Con 2018 hosts Animation du Monde

Lagos Comic Con 2018 hosts Animation du Monde

Lagos Comic Con 2018 hosted final round of Pan-African Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde.

Garbage Boy & Trash Can image courtesy of Ridwan Moshood, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Lagos Comic Con 2018

Garbage Boy & Trash Can image courtesy of Ridwan Moshood, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Lagos Comic Con 2018

The shortlisted projects that competed at Lagos Comic Con (in no particular order) were:

  • Ringa Mzansi represented by Lwazi Msipha (South Africa)
  • Little Little Orishas represented by Archange Kiyindou (Nigeria/Congo)
  • Kara represented by Lydia Mugure (Kenya)
  • Garbage Boy and Trash Can represented by Ridwan Moshood (Nigeria)
  • The Tuck represented by Seriki Toluwalase (Nigeria)
  • LUPA 360: The Hero of Strange Dimensions represented by Ayodele Elegba (Nigeria)
  • The Makerbolts represented by Dami Solesi (Nigeria)
  • Surface represented by Harto Muhato (Kenya)
  • Four.Fiver.One represented by Jackson Onyango Konyango (Kenya)
  • Zamo & The Guppies represented by Warwick Kay (South Africa)

After an extremely tight round of competition, the judges’ decision was unanimous and the 2 projects selected to compete in the continental final at DISCOMICS Joburg (in no particular order) are:

  • Garbage Boy and Trash Can represented by Ridwan Moshood (Nigeria)
  • The Makerbolts represented by Dami Solesi (Nigeria)
Makerbolts image courtesy of Dami Solesi, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Lagos Comic Con 2018

Makerbolts image courtesy of Dami Solesi, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Lagos Comic Con 2018

EXPANDED FOOTPRINT:

Lagos Comic Con is the largest pop culture event in West Africa and was the fifth of 5 events in Africa that hosted a regional round of the Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde. An expanded footprint of events is made possible through a partnership with DISCOMICS. DISCOMICS is a new enterprise founded by DISCOP Markets and the African Animation Network in partnership with ICON Comic & Gaming Convention (ICON CGC), Lagos Comic Con (LCC) and Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON).

2 projects were selected from each event and invited to attend the continental Grand Finale at DISCOMICS Joburg (14-16 November).

FINAL SELECTION:

The final selection of projects from all 5 regional rounds of competition (in no particular order) are:

  • Koka Kitoumbou represented by Shikartoon (Congo Braza)
  • Étincelle represented by Ouassila Kharoune (Burkina Faso)
  • As aventuras dos Pestinhas represented by Nildo Essa (Mozambique)
  • Da Bes Band represented by Mike Scott (South Africa)
  • My Friendly Tokoloshe represented by Khanye Mfeka (South Africa)
  • Hiraeth represented by Kayla Archer (South Africa)
  • Nini represented by Shadrack Munene (Kenya)
  • The Next Rainbow represented by Salim Busuru (Kenya)
  • Garbage Boy and Trash Can represented by Ridwan Moshood (Nigeria)
  • The Makerbolts represented by Dami Solesi (Nigeria)

GRAND FINALE:

At the Grand Finale at DISCOMICS Joburg 2 projects will be selected to represent Africa and compete against their global counterparts at Annecy/MIFA 2019. A high percentage of projects that are pitched at Annecy/MIFA go on to secure finance and/or co-production partners. Ingrid Agbo’s L’arbre à Palimpseste, the project which represented Africa at Annecy/MIFA 2018, went on to close a pre-sale with Gulli Africa for a series.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT:

Perhaps the biggest value for entrants who proceed to the Grand Finale at DISCOMICS Joburg is the Annecy MIFA – Animation du Monde – Skills Programme which includes pitching workshops, training sessions and one-on-one meetings with 3 industry experts selected by Annecy/MIFA ahead of the Grand Finale.

 

The African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise and open network that endeavors to build a sustainable African animation industry.

Creative Lab DEADLINE Extension

Creative Lab DEADLINE Extension

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Creative Lab is looking for the next African talent in animation, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to submit your project and get a chance to bring it to life with one of the best international kids channels!

The deadline has been extended to September 10th, so take your chance and send them your amazing creative ideas!

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Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab DEADLINE Extension

Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab DEADLINE Extension

 

The African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise and open network that endeavors to build a sustainable African animation industry.