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

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

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

ANNECY FESTIVAL ANIMATION DU MONDE

The Sub-Saharan circuit of Animation du Monde 2020 preliminary rounds comes to an end in Nigeria at Lagos Comic Convention (LCC) from 19 – 21 September 2019. With the penultimate leg having taken place over this past weekend at Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON).

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

Entries for LCC are currently open, end 5 September 2019.

Once the LCC prelim is concluded, the next stop for the prestigious pitching competition is the Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg in November 2019, where the 15 finalists (3 from each of the 5 regional prelims) will compete for the honour of being 1 of the 2 winners selected to represent the continent and compete against their global counterparts at Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest. & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA) in 2020.  On the back of the recent news that Africa will be honoured at Annecy/MIFA 2020 as part of the Africa 2020 Creative Season, this represents arguably the biggest opportunity for African creators to showcase their talent and content on a global stage.

Nigeria is home to the largest comic book market in Africa. The creative industries have been able to leverage the largest population on the continent and the second largest film industry in the world by volume, Nollywood, to build this success. Although animation is fairly new to the region, an event like LCC has shown that there is a hunger for content from the continent. As a sister industry to animation, comics have been able to lay a solid foundation for creatives to work from.

As one of the oldest comic cons in Africa, LCC is a great platform for creators to showcase their work. Lagos is also home to some of the best talent West Africa has to offer. The maiden preliminary round of Animation du Monde hosted at LCC 2018, brought some of the best animation talent to the fore. Dami Solesi, one of the Continental Winners of the competition, came through the LCC 2018 prelim to pitch her idea at Annecy/MIFA 2019.

Dami had the following to say about her experience pitching against competitors from around the world at the Animation du Monde finals in France; “Going through the Annecy/MIFA pitches has opened my eyes to a new world of content production and how I can bring my ideas to life. From the onset at the LCC, my project was constantly being refined at each stage. At DISCOP Johannesburg, meeting with each of the experts and the infallible contribution that each expert made towards the project. They even provided opportunities beyond the competition and I’m still in communication with many of them as regards updates on my project. I believe every single creative who has an idea should definitely apply for this because going through the process, whether you win or not your project would be refined. And I believe that those lessons are invaluable to any creative as of right now!

DAMI SOLESI ANIMATION DU MONDE CONTINENTAL WINNER 2018

The budding animation industry in Nigeria is creating room for itself in its market of entertainment. It is going up against and working in tandem with the second largest film industry in the world by volume, Nollywood. Which is remarkable in an industry where most of the creatives are self-taught. And, have borrowed many processes from its sister industry, the Nigerian comic book sector

One of the entrepreneurs in the region is Mbuotidem Johnson, owner of Basement Studios, founder of Animation Nigeria and Animation du Monde participant at Annecy/MIFA 2018. He has this to say about his experience in the competition; “Whenever I am asked to talk about my experience at Annecy, I say it is ’Disneyland for filmmakers’. I had dreamed of going to Annecy for as long as I can remember, and I am glad this dream became a reality in 2018. My whole perspective of the animation industry changed. We had just completed the pilot episode of one of our projects (Adefellas) and were in need of funds to complete it. So I packed my bags and headed to DISCOP Abidjan 2017 in search of funding and distribution opportunities. While networking and exchanging ideas with other animation studios I met Ingrid Agbo, a Togolese film-maker with Nebularts in Paris. Ingrid was one of the top 9 semi-finalists for the Animation du Monde pitches at DISCOP Abidjan. She saw some of our work and decided Basement Animation would create a new pilot episode for her show L’Arbre à Palimpseste. We successfully completed the new pilot episode for Nebularts in time for DISCOP Johannesburg 2017. L’arbre à Palimpseste would eventually be one of 2 projects selected and received automatic entry into the Animation du Monde global program at Annecy 2018 where it won an historic presale from Gulli Africa!  What I appreciate the most about this sharing of experiences is that you get to listen to people who have experienced the same challenges that you are going through, and learn how they overcame these challenges. If you are thinking globally and want to be a part of the big move of animation in Africa, Annecy is the place to be!

MBUOTIDEM JOHNSON ANIMATION SUPERVISOR ON ANIMATION DU MONDE 2018 WINNING PITCH

As Africa rises and many look to the continent’s growth. Animation has a key role to play in the lives of audiences. Animation du Monde is the one platform that offers Africans the opportunity to showcase their talent on a global stage. It is also a space for creatives to learn, grow, and improve their projects to meet the needs of the market.

Don’t let this final opportunity at LCC pass you by, enter HERE!

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AAFFia Animation du Monde 2020 winners

AAFFia Animation du Monde 2020 winners

AAFFia Animation du Monde 2020 winners!

ANNECY FESTIVAL ANIMATION DU MONDE

The first edition of the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) is done. Along with shining a spotlight on animation AAFFia also hosted the third leg of the Pan-African Animation du Monde preliminary rounds.

In each round that passes during the competition, creators are delivering higher and higher quality work. Unfortunately, only three can go through to the Continental Finals taking place at DISCOP Johannesburg later this year. The winners from AAFFia, in no particular order are:

  • Meet the Igwes by Chekwube Okonkwo (Nigeria)
  • JujuCups by Selorm Dogoe (Ghana)
  • Message Beats by Natasha Nayo and Lizz Johnson (Ghana)

AAFFia highlighted the importance of audience access to animation. Without it the industry will not be able to grow and evolve. Animation du Monde is the other part of that equation. It provides education, networking and a platform for creatives to market their ideas.

The balance between audience and creatives is important. They form the foundation of the animation industry. One of the core missions Animation du Monde has, is to enable developing industries like Africa to grow. West Africa as a growth market is attracting the attention of the world. Stories coming from this region have the potential to live alongside really well known commercial properties. As the Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA looks towards its 60th year in 2020, where they will be celebrating Africa as a region of honour, it is important to create the platform for creatives to showcase their work. And, next year, show the world what Africa is capable of!

The call for the fourth prelim of the Pan-African Animation du Monde taking place at Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) is currently open. Contestants have until 11 August to submit their project and can do so by clicking HERE.  Video pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at NAICCON however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference.  The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

Animation du Monde 2020 heads to East Africa! @NAICCON

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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East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020

East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020

East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020!

ANNECY FESTIVAL ANIMATION DU MONDE

After making its way through South and West Africa, Animation du Monde turns to East Africa. Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) 2019 hosts the fourth leg of the Pan-African Animation du Monde 2020 preliminary rounds from 24 – 25 August 2019.

East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020! @NAICCON

Entries are currently open, end 11 August 2019.

Past entrants from NAICCON include Salim Busuru. He presented his title at the 2018 Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg. He summed up his experience; “The animation competition broadened my perspective on animation on the continent, it confirmed that I was on the right path in my pursuit of animation. Meeting the other participants and the mentorship from the judges as well as the organisers was invaluable. I believe it compensated a lot for my lack of formal training in animation and storytelling”.

SALIM BUSURU ANIMATION DU MONDE CONTINENTAL FINALIST 2019

NAICCON takes place in one of the most vibrant cities in Africa. Nairobi, much like the rest of East Africa, has seen amazing growth over the last decade. This includes the foothold pop culture has been able to take in the region. This is in part due to the larger youth population and economic growth. The internet has also added fuel to the fire.

Access to the world’s library of knowledge has made it possible for people to teach themselves the skills they want. Over the three years of running the Pan-African Animation du Monde, the African Animation Network has seen this first hand. Many entrants are self-taught, growing their skills by consuming vast amounts of tutorials and sharing knowledge with each other. 

NAICCON as a host encapsulates the heart of the innovative East African spirit. Artists from comics and animation will gather to showcase their creations. The Pan-African Animation du Monde preliminary round is also one of the few places where these creatives can network.

The region has in the past also been the home of some of Africa’s best animation ideas, an example of this at the very highest level is Naddya Adhiambo Oluoch-Olunya who won Animation du Monde at the global finals this year at Annecy with her project UZI.  With the world looking to the continent as a growth centre, East Africa is expected to play a big role in the growth of the animation industry on the continent.

This is another opportunity to enter Animation du Monde with 3 contestants going through to the Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg in November. The announcement by Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest. & Market/MIFA that they will focus on Africa in 2020 is an opportunity for creators from the continent to showcase their content. So take the chance and enter HERE!

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Animation du Monde / AAFFIA / 2nd Judge & Mentor Announced

Animation du Monde / AAFFIA / 2nd Judge & Mentor Announced

Animation du Monde / AAFFIA / 2nd Judge & Mentor Announced!

The Pan-African Animation du Monde pitching competition readies for the 3rd preliminary round to take place at the inaugural Accra Animation Film Festival

Animation du Monde 2020 heads to Ghana! @AAFFia

One of the benefits winners of the preliminary round get, is that their projects will be get feedback from industry professionals. These judges and mentors have played pivotal roles in the evolution of the global animation industry over the last few decades.

One of these judges and mentors who will be attending the Continental Finals of Animation du Monde at DISCOP Johannesburg is Mike de Seve, the Emmy Award nominated President of Baboon Animation (the New York-based IP development studio which has 27 Emmy Awards collectively and numerous Oscar nominations). His career started with the creation of the iconic, animated, MTV logos. He would go on to write and direct the pop culture phenomenon Beavis & Butt-Head. His fingerprints can be seen on projects like Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Toy Story, Madagascar and many other international animated feature film and TV series productions.

MIKE DE SEVE, PRESIDENT BABOON ANIMATION UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

African content is so accessible. The things that make people in Africa love it is the same reason a kid in Brooklyn will too. I’m excited to be part of this and to see where it’s [African] animation will go in the next few years.” Mike said in a recent interview.

The Accra Animation Film Festival is an opportunity for creatives to gather and share their ideas. Making it the ideal place for the next round of Animation du Monde preliminaries. Although, it is a brand new festival, the Accra Animation Film Festival is an important step for the animation industry in the region. North-West Africa is due to have the largest population on the continent over the next few decades. This has fueled the growth of the comic book industry in the region and now stands as the largest on the continent. As a sister industry to animation it is an indication of the heights that can be reached

The animation market includes children and adults in a way that very few other storytelling crafts do. Growing it on the continent allows creatives to be able to reach the world with African narratives. And, as the world moves towards more inclusive stories, Mike’s words ring true in our ability to move people on the other side of the world with our tales.

Animation du Monde is playing pivotal role in growing the African animation industry. Prior to its inception there had been few pitching platforms accessible to African creatives to see if they have what it takes to get people interested in their projects. The competition has also created an avenue for producers to pitch and gain feedback from some of the best minds in the industry.

Pitching is an important skill every creative needs if they want their ideas financed and produced. You might not have a polished project yet but, even this year’s illustrious judges started somewhere. They are willing to share their knowledge with those who make it to the Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg

The third round of the preliminaries of the Pan-African Animation du Monde are taking place at AAFFIA and entry is currently open.  Contestants have until the 12th of July to submit their project and can do so by clicking HERE.

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FUPiTOONS and FUPiSAURUS are looking for content!

FUPiTOONS and FUPiSAURUS are looking for content!

FUPiTOONS and FUPiSAURUS are looking for content!

FUPiTOONS and FUPiSAURUS are looking for content!

The African short film festival for kids, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL, is on the prowl with its mascot FUPiSAURUS looking for African animated shorts.

FUPiTOONS launched in 2017 in Johannesburg. In the years since its debut it has screened in over 9 African countries and Brazil. And, brought FUPiSAURUS to life for the 2018 edition of the festival. The call for shorts for the third edition is now open HERE

In the past the festival has showcased shorts from across Africa including the highly acclaimed comedy film A Kalabanda Ate My Homework by Raymond Malinga. The film, which explores the heights of a child’s imagination, won Best Short Film at FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2018 and has won several other awards across Africa.

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL aims to bring attention to the African animation industry by showcasing the best animated shorts the continent has to offer. By making its target audience children, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL also attracts their parents. This shows them that there are African stories for children that they can watch. It also raises the profile of the craft across the continent.

The categories from which movies will be nominated in are :

  • Best Animation Short Film
  • Best Animation TV Short Films, Episodes and Webisodes
  • Best Commissioned Animation Short Films,
  • Best Graduation Animation Short Films,
  • Best Overall Animation

If you have a short film aimed at children, and a run time of no longer than 5 minutes, FUPiSAURUS is looking for you and your movie! This year’s festival will launch during DISCOP Johannesburg in November 2019 before embarking on another journey across the continent. Entries close on 1st September 2019.

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FUPiTOONS et FUPiSAURUS recherchent du contenu!

FUPiTOONS and FUPiSAURUS are looking for content!

Le festival du court métrage africain pour enfants, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL, est à l’affût avec sa mascotte FUPiSAURUS à la recherche de courts métrages d’animation africains.

 FUPiTOONS a été lancé en 2017 à Johannesburg. Au cours des années qui ont suivi son lancement, il a été projeté dans plus de 9 pays africains et au Brésil. Et, FUPiSAURUS a donné vie à l’édition 2018 du festival. L’appel à la candidature pour la troisième édition est maintenant ouvert ICI

Dans le passé, le festival a présenté des courts métrages venus de toute l’Afrique, y compris le film de comédie très acclamé « A Kalabanda Ate My Homework » de Raymond Malinga. Le film, qui explore les sommets de l’imagination d’un enfant, a remporté le prix du meilleur court métrage à FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2018 et a remporté plusieurs autres prix à travers l’Afrique.

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL a pour but d’attirer l’attention sur l’industrie africaine de l’animation en présentant les meilleurs courts métrages d’animation que le continent peut offrir. En faisant de son public cible des enfants, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL attire également leurs parents. Cela leur montre qu’il existe des histoires africaines pour enfants qu’ils peuvent regarder. Il rehausse également le profil de l’artisanat à travers le continent

Les catégories à partir desquelles les films seront nominés sont: 

  • Meilleur court métrage d’animation, 
  • Meilleurs films d’animation TV, épisodes et webisodes,
  • Meilleur court métrage d’animation commandé
  • Meilleur court métrage d’animation de fin d’études
  • Meilleure animation globale

Si vous avez un court métrage destiné aux enfants et d’une durée maximale de 5 minutes, FUPiSAURUS recherche pour vous et votre film! Le festival de cette année s’ouvrira lors de DISCOP Johannesburg en novembre 2019 avant de s’embarquer pour un autre voyage à travers le continent. Les inscriptions ont déjà commencé et se clôturent le 1er septembre 2019

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Animation du Monde 2020 heads to Ghana!

Animation du Monde 2020 heads to Ghana!

Animation du Monde 2020 heads to Ghana!

ANNECY FESTIVAL ANIMATION DU MONDE

The third leg of the Pan-African Animation du Monde 2020 preliminary rounds is on its way to the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFIA). This is both the launch of the festival and of Animation du Monde in Ghana

Animation du Monde 2020 heads to Ghana! @AAFFia

Animation film festivals are opportunities for creatives to gather. A place where they share their experience, connect, network, and discuss their hopes for the future of the craft.  Some festivals like Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA, who are honouring Africa next year as part of the Africa 2020 Creative Season, are looking forward to their 60th anniversary.  Others, like AAFFIA, are celebrating their inaugural event.

AAFFIA is joining a growing number of African animation film festivals which include the likes of; the Festival international du cinéma d’animation de Meknès/FICAM in Morocco (which was started in 2001), Cape Town International Animation Film Festival/CTIAF in South Africa (launched in 2011 as Kunjanimation & rebranded in 2015 as CTIAF), FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL (launched in 2017 and having toured 9 countries in 2018 and +11 countries in 2019, the African Animation Network’s FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL is Africa’s biggest animation short film festival) and Festival du Film d’Animation d’Abidjan/FFAA (launched in 2018). These festivals play an important role in raising the profile of African animation.  Something Animation du Monde has also come to embody.

This is something, Diana Rosu, the mind behind the creation of the AAFFIA festival is keenly aware of.  She said; “In my experience as an animation producer as well as working with creatives and animators across Africa, it is imperative to know your project’s ins and outs.  Too many animation projects start out as passion projects and never see completion because the director or the team involved have lost track of the initial framework along the way.  Annecy and Animation du Monde are setting the bar high for animation industries that are still malleable and are now defining themselves and that’s an excellent way to ensure that they become competitive on the global market.“

DIANA ROSU FOUNDER OF AAFFIA

Animation du Monde and AAFFIA provide creatives with opportunities to have their short film project, series concept, or feature length movie seen by the world while it is still in its incubation phase.  This is something that hadn’t existed for one of Africa’s most celebrated animation filmmakers, Ghanaian local (and FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL DirectorComfort Arthur. Her movie Black Barbie has traveled around the world (to over 50 international film festivals) to much acclaim. She persevered in an environment that didn’t have opportunities like these.

COMFORT ARTHUR DIRECTOR OF BLACK BARBIE & FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL DIRECTOR

She shared the following; “It’s not just about winning at the Animation du Monde pitching competition but, it’s also about learning how to pitch and get better.  Many creatives in Africa have great ideas but are not good pitchers! Since I took part in the first edition in 2017, my pitching skills have improved and I have learned so much about how to best present my projects to potential investors.” 

The call for the third prelim of the Pan-African Animation du Monde taking place at AAFFIA is currently open.  Contestants have until the 12th of July to submit their project and can do so by clicking HEREVideo pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at AAFFIA however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference.  The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

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