MARCHING TOWARDS ANNECY & AFRICA 2020 (PART 1)

MARCHING TOWARDS ANNECY & AFRICA 2020 (PART 1)

MARCHING TOWARDS ANNECY & AFRICA 2020 (PART 1)

Since the African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise, let’s start our trip with some of our 2019 social analytics. And, if you’re having problems reading the smaller text, click on the image to zoom in…

MARCHING TOWARDS ANNECY & AFRICA 2020 (PART 1): INFOGRAPHIC

MARCHING TOWARDS ANNECY & AFRICA 2020 (PART 1): INFOGRAPHIC

 

AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK – PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK – PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK – PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK – PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

At Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA 2019 the African Animation Network announced that they will be launching the first African-owned linear kids’s animation & pop culture thematic channel.

Please join us on the DISCOMICS Pavilion for an update on the imminent launch and a Q&A session.

Venue: DISCOMICS Pavilion, DISCOP Johannesburg, Sandton Convention Centre
Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Time: 12:00PM – 13:00PM

Panelist:
Nick WILSON, Head of Projects & Content, African Animation Network

Moderator:
Les ALLEN, DISCOMICS Head of Business Development

ANNECY – PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

ANNECY – PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

ANNECY – PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

ANNECY - PRESS CONFERENCE @ DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA announced at their 2019 event that Africa will be the territory of honour in 2020 parallel to the Africa 2020 Creative Season.

Please join us on the DISCOMICS Pavilion for a presentation on some of the planned activities at Annecy 2020 and a Q&A session.

Venue: DISCOMICS Pavilion, DISCOP Johannesburg, Sandton Convention Centre
Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Time: 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Panelists:
Véronique ENCRENAZ, Head of MIFA
Mickaël MARIN, CEO of Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market/MIFA
Moderator:
Nick WILSON, Head of Projects & Content, African Animation Network
FUPiTOONS from Africa to the WORLD!

FUPiTOONS from Africa to the WORLD!

FUPiTOONS from Africa to the WORLD!

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2019 (FUPiTOONSis taking African animation to the world. Africa is the territory of honour at Annecy 2020 and FUPiTOONS will be part of the official program. This year’s special call for content delivered a record harvest of 721 short films.

The African Animation Network (AAN) launched FUPiTOONS at The Zone in Rosebank in 2017. It was the first animation short film festivalMade in Africa for Kids“. Since its inception the festival has traveled the length and breadth of the continent, from festivals to pop culture events to schools

20 films have been selected for FUPiTOONS 2019. The festival premieres at DISCOP Johannesburg next week, where the jury will have the unenviable task of deciding which of the 20 shorts will win in the various categories.

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2019 OFFICIAL SELECTION

The jury for FUPiTOONS 2019 comprises 3 of Africa’s shining stars in animation. Mounia Aram, born in Morocco but now living in France, is this year’s Head Judge. She recently launched the production and distribution start-up Mounia Aram Company to focus on distribution of African and Middle Eastern animated content. With over a decade’s worth of experience and passion for bringing content to screens across the globe, her focus has now shifted to Africa where she has also taken up a role at AAN as the Head of Content Acquisitions & Channel Distribution.

MOUNIA ARAM

Diana Maria Rosu is the founder and Artistic Director of the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia). AAFFia debuted in 2019 and has already contributed greatly to the growth and exposure of the West African animation industry. Born in Romania, Diana completed her studies in Europe, before moving to Ghana, bringing a wealth of experience having worked on a plethora of European festivals.

DIANA ROSU

Cameroonian-Burkinabe, Doh D. Daiga, is a line producer, writer, cartoonist, animator, graphic artist, webmaster, trainer and teacher. He has a BSc in Film and TV Production with associates in Illustration and Animation. Doh is the Owner and Chief Creative Officer of Kinetic Arts and Human Technologies International (Kahti) and is an active member of the Burkinabè Association de Cinema Animation (ABCA), Kino Cabaret Ouaga and Co-Founder of the Creative Cultural Center.

DOH D DAIGA

FUPiTOONS, “fupi” meaning “short” in kiSwahili, has always dug deep into the African soil from its content to its jury. The aim is to bring content to the children of the continent that depicts characters they can identify with. Bringing recognition to creatives and their projects.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA is one of, if not the biggest, animation film festival in the world. Creatives from all over the world will descend on the festival and market in its 60th year of existence. This a great opportunity for FUPiTOONS, and the African animation industry, to attract this global audience’s attention. While showing them what the continent is capable of. It’s an advertisement showing the world, Africa is open for business.

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Growing African animation with Mounia Aram Company

Growing African animation with Mounia Aram Company

Growing African animation with Mounia Aram Company

Building towards a sustainable animation industry in Africa requires innovation. The African Animation Network has had to do a lot of that since its inception. It started with being a pro-profit, talent-driven, social enterprise, and included setting up a structure across the continent. Our team members can be found in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.

MOUNIA ARAM COMPANY

We are excited to partner with Mounia Aram Company and welcome Mounia Aram to the team as Head of Content Acquisitions & Channel Distribution. Mounia doesn’t only bring the Moroccan flavour with her but over 16 years worth of experience in the animation industry. She started her career in anime working for ShoPro Entertainment. She’s worked for North American and European animation industries

MOUNIA ARAM

Of all the industries she’s encountered, Africa left a gaping hole. This spurred her on to create the Mounia Aram Company. Her mission is to bring the world’s attention to the diversity of African stories in animation

Mounia is bringing her passion and experience to AAN. We share a mission and vision for the African industry. Especially as audiences are making their hunger for unique and diverse stories known. The continent has an important role to play in satisfying people’s thirst for story.

Although she is based in ParisMounia’s heart is firmly planted in Africa. As a child of the continent she understands that for many millennia, African stories carry the DNA of villages, tribes,and civilisations. This makes her an invaluable member to the AAN team.

“Working in a developing animation industry in a continent that is also developing, has many challenges. Mounia’s insights, born from her experience and passion, are key to the kind of innovation required to create a sustainable industry.” said Nick Wilson Head of Projects, AAN.

Mounia explains, ” In the animation industry representations of diversity are rare, especially when it comes to African characters and stories. The sector lacks animated contents. It is particularly surprising as the continent is so wide and rich in stories and talented people. My goal with Mounia Aram Company and my appointment at AAN is to bring the best animated content from Africa to the international market, by spreading the beautiful and inspiring African stories to the kids outside Africa. Working with AAN will provide the best exposure to African animation and achieve part of my goal”.

We at AAN have seen how important it is for children from Africa to see themselves represented in the cartoons they watch. The art form not only has the ability for kids to believe in themselves but reach out to the world with their imaginations. Stories also have the ability to change people’s perception about each other.

Mounia shares how animation influenced her, “I was born in CasablancaMorocco, and I grew-up in France. As a kid, I always had a passion for cartoons, video games and African cultures and languages. After Arabic languages and civilization studies, I had the opportunity to join ShoPro Entertainment, a company specializing in Japanese animation based in San Francisco. I had found my dream job and never left the industry”.

The future of the African animation industry is exciting. From the creatives who are self taught to AAN team members who are passionate about making it into the best it can be.

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Animation du Monde 2020 NAICCON’s Winning Crop!

Animation du Monde 2020 NAICCON’s Winning Crop!

Animation du Monde 2020 NAICCON’s Winning Crop!

ANNECY FESTIVAL ANIMATION DU MONDE

Nairobi Comic Con hosted Animation du Monde for the second year. East Africa produced a bumper crop of animation talent for penultimate Animation du Monde 2020 preliminary round in Sub-Saharan Africa. Like always, only 3 could be chosen to go through to the Animation du Monde 2020 African Continental Final taking place at DISCOP Johannesburg.

  • Agent 254 by Lydia Mugure (Kenya)
  • Rosa’s Diary  by Ndanusa Danjuma Judah (Nigeria)
  • The Fam by Kabelo Maaka (South Africa)

The Fam had been entered into a previous edition of Animation du Monde. Like so many other projects, Kabelo did not make it through to the continental final. Unlike many others, Kabelo took the feedback the judges gave her. She improved her pitch to win the day at NAICCON 2019

One of the core missions of Animation du Monde is to teach creatives that it’s not the winning that matters but the journey. Failure is part of the creative process. Because, as an individual, it is important to stand up and try again

The final Sub Saharan preliminary round of Animation du Monde 2020 is taking place at Lagos Comic Con. Which is an opportunity to enter for the first time or your second, third, or even umpteenth time. The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

Animation du Monde 2020 ends Sub-Saharan run @ Lagos Comic Con!

As a developing animation industry, Africa and its creatives have to take every opportunity to learn. We might have unique stories to tell. But, we still have to develop our creative sensibilities. Something that the judges that sit on the Animation du Monde panels have helped with

If you have a project that you would like to enter, please click HERE. Who knows, you might represent Africa at the Animation du Monde 2020 Grand Finale in Annecy!

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