Following in the footsteps of Kunjanimation, the rebranded Cape Town International Animation Festival launched this month to resounding approval from the industry.
From 18-21 Feb, animation professionals, students and movie lovers were treated to a fantastic weekend of international speakers, master classes and screenings at The River Club and the Labia Theatre. Now in its fifth year, the festival enjoyed tripled attendance, proving the appetite for such an event in South Africa.
A whopping success
“The workshops were sold out, and we also had three times the entries for our student awards, with international studio delegates commenting about the high standards of the finalists,” said festival director Dianne Makings.
“The Festival has grown from strength to strength over the years thanks to support of our sponsors such as the National Film and Video Foundation; Wesgro; Animation SA and the French Institute of South Africa. This year we also partnered with Nickelodeon, who generously sponsored one of our incredible and surprise international awards, which was won by Timothy Mayers and Luke Berge,” says Makings.
The pair will travel to the USA for a two-week internship there with Nickelodeon. The other international prize for the student awards is organized by Mastitute, and was won by James Mann. Mann will have the opportunity to travel to Japan on an industry ten day trip, including visiting the acclaimed Studio Ghibli.
Great news from Italia!
The festival was rounded off with an exciting announcement: next year, CTIAF will be twinning with Italy’s Cartoons on the Bay festival and the associated Pulcinella Awards 2016/2017!
This new friendship comes with a piece of good news for South African studios: Pulcinella has extended their submission deadline for members of ASA until 26 Feb. If you have content you’d like to enter, find the entry form here.