Asylum 2018 hosts Animation du Monde

Asylum 2018 hosts Animation du Monde

Asylum 2018 hosted the fourth round of the Pan-African Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde.

Nini image courtesy of Sharack Munene, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Asylum 2018

Nini image courtesy of Sharack Munene, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Asylum 2018

The shortlisted projects that competed at Asylum 2018 (in no particular order) were:

  • Four.Fiver.One represented by Jackson Onyango Konyango (Kenya)
  • Kara represented by Lydia Mugure (Kenya)
  • Nini represented by Shadrack Munene (Kenya)
  • Relief represented by Mumo Liku (Kenya)
  • Nairopolis represented by Anton Omondi (Kenya)
  • Surface represented by Harto Muhato (Kenya)
  • The Next Rainbow represented by Salim Busuru (Kenya)

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:

  • Nini represented by Shadrack Munene (Kenya)
  • The Next Rainbow represented by Salim Busuru (Kenya)
The Next Rainbow image courtesy of Salim Busuru, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Asylum 2018

The Next Rainbow image courtesy of Salim Busuru, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ Asylum 2018

EXPANDED FOOTPRINT:

Asylum 2018 is the largest pop culture event in East Africa– a partnership between Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) and Pro Series Gaming (PSG)- and was the fourth of 5 events in Africa that is hosting 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 NAICCON.

2 projects will be selected from each event and invited to attend the continental Grand Finale at DISCOMICS Joburg (14-17 November):

  • LCC, Lagos, Nigeria, 15 September (NB: Entries open 24 July & close 31 August: register HERE)

NB: LCC is the final round of competition of the Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde and we will be accepting video pitches for those that are unable to attend the event.

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.

Animation du Monde @ DISCOP Zanzibar

Animation du Monde @ DISCOP Zanzibar

The third round of the Pan-African Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde was contested at DISCOP Zanzibar.

Hiraeth image courtesy of Kayla Archer, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ DISCOP Zanzibar

Hiraeth image courtesy of Kayla Archer, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ DISCOP Zanzibar

The shortlisted projects (in no particular order) were:

  • Broken Wing represented by Riccardo Capecchi (SA)
  • Zamo & The Guppies represented by Warwick Kay (SA)
  • Dimbit represented by Feben Elias (Ethiopia)
  • Unwanted Guests represented by Comfort Arthur (Ghana)
  • My Friendly Tokoloshe represented by Khanye Mfeka (SA)
  • Hiraeth represented by Kayla Archer (SA)
  • Almasi Project represented by Mwara Kung’u (Kenya)

In the end the judges decision was unanimous and the 2 projects selected to compete in the continental final at DISCOMICS Joburg (in no particular order) are:

  • My Friendly Tokoloshe represented by Khanye Mfeka (SA)
  • Hiraeth represented by Kayla Archer (SA)
My Friendly Tokoloshe image courtesy of Khanisa Mfeka, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ DISCOP Zanzibar

My Friendly Tokoloshe image courtesy of Khanisa Mfeka, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ DISCOP Zanzibar

EXPANDED FOOTPRINT:

DISCOP Zanzibar, aligned with the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) which has been described as the largest cultural event in East Africa, was the third of 5 events in Africa that is hosting 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 AAN in partnership with ICON CGC, Lagos Comic Con (LCC) and Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON).

2 projects will be selected from each event and invited to attend the continental Grand Finale at DISCOMICS Joburg (14-17 November):

  • NAICCON, Nairobi, Kenya, 11 August – 12 August (NB: Entries open 04 July & close 3 August: register HERE)
  • LCC, Lagos, Nigeria, 15 September (NB: Entries open 24 July & close 31 August: register HERE)

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.

FUPiTOONS adds 6th date FFAA Partnership

FUPiTOONS adds 6th date FFAA Partnership

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL, the first “Made in Africa for Kids” animated short film festival, adds a 6th date to its Pan-African Tour via a partnership with Association Ivoirienne du Film d’Animation (AIFA) and the Festival du Film d’Animation d’Abidjan (FFAA)

The inaugural FFAA, organised by AIFA, kicks off this weekend (6 – 8 July 2018).  The festival’s intention is to reveal the importance of animation socially and culturally in developing countries.  It endeavours to be an important cultural event that will offer its participants a vision of animation and its leading role in the employment and development of emerging countries in the world for years to come. For one weekend every year, Abidjan will become the capital of African animation.  Like festivals such as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA in France or the African Animation Film Festival (CANIMAF) in Cameroon, FFAA wants to be international and unifying around a common passion for animation.

FUPiTOONS @ Festival du Film d'Animation d'Abidjan

FUPiTOONS @ Festival du Film d’Animation d’Abidjan

Created on December 13, 2014, AIFA, has set several global objectives to promote animation in Côte d’Ivoire and Africa.  These include:

  • improving the visibility of animation professionals
  • revealing the benefits of producing animation
  • stressing the importance of animation in developing countries
  • making the field of animation accessible

The scope of activities of AIFA, which for the moment is limited to the city of Abidjan will expand to reach the rest of Côte d’Ivoire and Africa.  AIFA is an ambitious young organization that still has many things to accomplish, but above all the many challenges that they need to overcome, the most important is the organization of its first animation festival.

According to Abel Kouame, President of AIFA; “The primary goal of FFAA is to promote animated film in Africa whilst simultaneously demonstrating to the public, local and national government the benefit derived by Côte d’Ivoire hosting an event of this kind.  We’re welcoming the African and global animation industry to Abidjan!  This is why we’re excited to be partnering with the African Animation Network (AAN) and being part of their FUPiTOONS Pan-African Tour.”

Nick Wilson, Head of Projects of AAN, continues; “We’ve been working on the ground with AIFA for over a year now supporting each others initiatives.  It is an honour to partner with the inaugural FFAA and have FUPiTOONS screened at this event.  Core to touring FUPiTOONS is audience development for African animation which is aligned with the goals of AIFA and FFAA.  We’re looking forward to this being the first of many editions of FFAA!”

FFAA however, is not only about audience development it also encompasses a skills development programme which includes a series of workshops, conferences, meetings and networking events.  With a collection of local and international speakers and partners, FFAA, is building an event which is both relevant and has global appeal.  Those in the area over the weekend are encouraged to go and support!

The next screening of FUPiTOONS will be at DISCOP Zanzibar on 13 July 2018 all attendees of the market are invited.  Animation producers are reminded to join the AAN newsletter and keep abreast of news and calls HERE.


 

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL, le premier festival de courts métrages d’animation “Made in Africa for Kids”, ajoute à la 6ème date de son tour panafricain via un partenariat avec l’Association Ivoirienne du Film d’Animation (AIFA) et le Festival du Film d’Animation d’Abidjan (FFAA)

L’inauguration du FFAA, organisée par l’AIFA, débute ce week-end (6-8 juillet 2018). L’intention du festival est de révéler l’importance de l’animation socialement et culturellement dans les pays en voie de développement. Il s’efforce d’être un événement culturel important qui offrira à ses participants une vision de l’animation et son rôle de leader dans l’emploi et le développement des pays émergents dans le monde pour les années à venir. Pour un week-end chaque année, Abidjan deviendra la capitale de l’animation africaine. A l’instar des festivals du Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy et du Marché / MIFA en France ou du Festival africain du film d’animation (CANIMAF) au Cameroun, le FFAA veut être internationale et fédérer une passion commune pour l’animation.

Créé le 13 décembre 2014, l’AIFA a fixé plusieurs objectifs globaux pour promouvoir l’animation en Côte d’Ivoire et en Afrique. Ceux-ci inclus:

  • améliorer la visibilité des professionnels de l’animation
  • révélant les avantages de la production d’animation
  • soulignant l’importance de l’animation dans les pays en voie de développement
  • rendre le domaine de l’animation accessible

La portée des activités de l’AIFA, limitée pour le moment à la ville d’Abidjan, s’élargira pour atteindre le reste de la Côte d’Ivoire et l’Afrique. L’AIFA est une jeune organisation ambitieuse qui a encore beaucoup de choses à accomplir, mais surtout de nombreux défis à relever, le plus important étant l’organisation de son premier festival d’animation.

Selon Abel Kouame, Président de l’AIFA : “L’objectif principal de la FFAA est de promouvoir le cinéma d’animation en Afrique, tout en démontrant simultanément au public, aux autorités locales et nationales, de l’intérêt que présente la Côte d’Ivoire à accueillir un événement de ce genre. ” C’est pourquoi nous sommes ravis de travailler en partenariat avec African Animation Network (AAN) et faisant partie de leurs tournée panafricaine FUPiTOONS.”

Nick Wilson, chef de projets de AAN, continue : “Nous travaillons sur le terrain avec l’AIFA depuis plus d’un an en soutenant les initiatives de chacun.” C’est un honneur de s’associer à l’inauguration de la FFAA et d’avoir des films FUPiTOONS projeté à cet événement.  Le noyau de fonctionnement de FUPiTOONS est le développement d’audience pour l’animation africaine qui est aligné avec les objectifs de l’AIFA et FFAA. Nous attendons avec impatience que ce soit la première des nombreuses éditions de la FFAA! “

FFAA, cependant, ne concerne pas seulement le développement d’audience, mais aussi les programmes de développement des compétences qui comprennent une série d’ateliers, de conférences, de réunions et d’événements de réseautage. Avec une collection de conférenciers et de partenaires locaux et internationaux, FFAA est en train de construire un événement à la fois pertinent et d’envergure mondiale. Ceux dans la région pendant le week-end sont encouragés à aller et soutenir!

La prochaine projection de FUPiTOONS sera au DISCOP Zanzibar le 13 juillet 2018 tous les invités du marché sont invités.  Les producteurs d’animation sont invités à se joindre au bulletin de l’AAN et à se tenir au courant des nouvelles et des appels ICI.

 

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

Top 2 Animation du Monde @ ICON CGC

Top 2 Animation du Monde @ ICON CGC

The expanded Pan-African footprint of the Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde kicked off at ICON CGC this weekend.

As aventuras dos Pestinhas, image courtesy of Nildo Essa, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ ICON CGC

As aventuras dos Pestinhas, image courtesy of Nildo Essa, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ ICON CGC

The shortlisted projects (in no particular order) were:

  • Broken Wing represented by Riccardo Capecchi (SA)
  • High Country represented by Greg Meek (SA)
  • As aventuras dos Pestinhas represented by Nildo Essa (Mozambique)
  • Da Bes Band represented by Mike Scott (SA)
  • Stick’s Taxi Solutions represented by Marthinus van Rooyen (SA)

In the end the judges decision was unanimous and the 2 projects selected to compete in the continental final at DISCOMICS Joburg (in no particular order) are:

  • As aventuras dos Pestinhas represented by Nildo Essa (Mozambique)
  • Da Bes Band represented by Mike Scott (SA)
Da Bes Band, image courtesy of Mike Scott, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ ICON CGC

Da Bes Band, image courtesy of Mike Scott, 1 of the top 2 projects pitched @ ICON CGC

EXPANDED FOOTPRINT:

ICON Comic and Games Convention (ICON CGC), the continents longest continuously running pop culture event, is the second of 5 events in Africa hosting a regional round of the Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde.  The expanded footprint of events is made possible through a partnership with DISCOMICS.  DISCOMICS is a new enterprise founded by DISCOP Markets and AAN in partnership with ICON CGC, Lagos Comic Con (LCC) and Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON).

2 projects will be selected from each event and invited to attend the continental Grand Finale at DISCOMICS Joburg (14-17 November):

  • DISCOP Zanzibar, Tanzania, 11 July – 13 July (NB: Entries open 31 May & close 06 July: register HERE & video pitches will be accepted)
  • NAICCON, Nairobi, Kenya, 11 August – 12 August (NB: Entries open 04 July & close 3 August: register HERE)
  • LCC, Lagos, Nigeria, 15 September (NB: Entries open 24 July & close 31 August: register HERE)

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.

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.

CARTOON NETWORK LOOKING FOR TALENT IN AFRICA

CARTOON NETWORK LOOKING FOR TALENT IN AFRICA

The leader in children’s animation in South Africa, Cartoon Network, invites African creators to submit their short-form comedy project in the first ever Cartoon Network creative venture run in Africa.


If there’s
one thing Africans do really well, it is the ability to laugh at themselves! Taking advantage of Africans’ humorous streak, and incredible storytelling abilities, Cartoon Network Africa is proud to announce the launch of their brand new initiative, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab, an African venture designed to bring innovative, local short form content to the channel, and its digital platforms, while reinforcing the local relevance of the brand.

In this ground-breaking move, the leading network in the kids’ entertainment industry, Cartoon Network is taking another bold step in addressing the gap in locally relevant content which offers a viewing experience that resonates with its African audience. The initiative will encourage African talents: creators, writers, graphic artists, animation students … in fact anyone who loves kids’ content, to explore their creative, animation and production talents and have the chance to produce a short-form animated comedy to make Cartoon Network viewers across Africa laugh out loud!

“As sponsors of the Discop 2016 Animation Pitching Competition, we were exposed to some really inspiring local animation projects,” says Ariane Suveg, Head of programming and acquisition Turner kids Africa. “We were so impressed by Cape Town-based Punch Monkey Studio’s amazing creative energy in the winning entry, Cloud Life, that the project has been traveling through the Turner group and is now in a development process with the Turner Asia Pacific production team! This just reinforces our need to invest in local content and our commitment to further mentoring talent in the African animation industry.”

Entries for the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab will be open from 7th June until 31st August 2018 across the continent. African residents, aged 18 and over, or any African-based company, can submit their one-minute to three-minute creative short project which must be in the genre of comedy and fit with Cartoon Network’s values of funny, random, irreverent, smart and contemporary humour. Editorial guidelines can be found on www.CartoonNetworkAfrica.com/CreativeLab.

Ten projects will be short-listed in September, and the local creators will get the opportunity to pitch their work to Cartoon Network Africa’s content programming team. The winner and two runners-up will then be revealed at DISCOP Johannesburg at the end of the year.

The winner and runners-up will be given the opportunity to get their project produced as a pilot with Cartoon Network Africa which will then premiere on Cartoon Network Africa and its digital platforms in 2019.

“We are honoured to be supporting local African animation talent through the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab. We look forward to seeing the entries and hope to see the winners flourish in their career as content creators, following the footsteps of some of Cartoon Network’s greatest talents.” concludes Ariane Suveg.

 

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