FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL is travelling to Annecy 2020! In recognition of this honour the partners are announcing a FUPiTOONS/Annecy 2020 Special Call, the entry deadline is 6 October 2019.
Please submit your projects HERE using the Submission Waiver Code: FUPIANNECY2020 (NB: this is only for African filmmakers).
The regular deadline for submissions to FUPiTOONS 2019 ended on 22 September and according to Comfort Arthur, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL Director; “We’ve already received an astonishing 700 submissions (a 180% increase year-on-year) but, with the festival travelling to Annecy 2020, we want to ensure that we showcase the widest diversity and highest quality of African animated content possible. This left us with no alternative but to launch the FUPiTOONS/Annecy 2020 Special Call!”
Marcel Jean, Annecy Festival’s Artistic Director added; “FUPiTOONS will be part of an opportunity for festival-goers at Annecy to discover a still far too little known cinematography. Partnering with AAN and FUPiTOONS gives the fledgling festival an opportunity to build broader networks with creators and producers across Africa and develop larger audiences for African produced content across the continent. In return, Annecy has an exciting addition to the 2020 festival program!“
Annecy, or more specifically its market– MIFA– has “not waited to work with Africa”, says Veronique Encrenaz Head of MIFA, “We had a focus on Africa in 2015. It brought the MIFA pitching competition to Africa. This led to us launching Animation du Monde and a series of preliminary rounds across 5 regions on the continent. Which has brought African talent to pitch on a global stage ever since. We want to show the world what we have seen coming from the continent.”
In 2017 the African Animation Network (AAN) launched FUPiTOONS, an animation short film festival “Made in Africa for Kids”. It takes short films from various creators across the continent and combines them to fit a feature length film runtime. The festival debuts alongside DISCOP Johannesburg each year before embarking on a continent-wide tour in the succeeding calendar year. The festival has travelled across Africa (to 9 events in 2018 & +11 events in 2019) and featured during an African showcase at the 2018 Animage Festival in Brazil.
The pressure is on. With only a few weeks left before FUPiTOONS 2019 premieres at this year’s DISCOP Johannesburg, there isn’t much time left to get your project seen by Comfort Arthur, one of Africa’s most celebrated animation directors, and her team of judges. “It is my hope to use FUPiTOONS as a way to inspire those who see it. The great thing about making it a festival for children is that it reaches kids and their adults.” Comfort explained, “It’s about celebrating Africa in all its glory!”
“We are excited about FUPiTOONS being part of the official Annecy 2020 program.” says Nick Wilson, AAN’s Head of Projects & Content; “The quality of the entries have improved year-on-year. And, we see it as an opportunity to bring attention to Africa’s stories, and AAN as a potential partner to bring them to life.”
The opportunity to be part of Annecy’s Africa 2020 focus is HERE! (The entry deadline is 6 October 2019. Please use the Submission Waiver Code: FUPIANNECY2020, NB: this is only for African filmmakers).
Garland-Waide Bradford has a career path that has varied from corporate work as a public relations manager in communications strategy to media work as an insert producer for factual television. These were purposeful choices to understand how to integrate creative choices with market requirements in turning content into brands. Growing up in a township meant that these educational opportunities were out of reach due to access and financial constraints. But, having paid his dues through work, Bradford is a dynamic thinker who owns a skills set that is third industrial revolution ready. He completed his BA Honours in Media Studies in 2017. His focus has been on media management and has been studying models of sustainability in the media for several years. He started his journey with the African Animation Network as Head of Communications in 2017 where he hopes to use his skills to empower aspirant animation professionals and member associations to further their global reach.