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.

 

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