This year’s DISCOP Johannesburg content market – the largest in Africa – played host to a new Animation Lounge, hosted by Animation SA in partnership with Turner Kids, The Animation School and Animation Magazine. Among many exciting offerings, the Lounge featured a Kids’ Animation Pitching Competition, sponsored by Turner, which gave shortlisted African producers and storytellers a chance to pitch their properties to a panel of local and international industry experts, buyers, and commissioning editors.
The winner in the animation pitch was Cloud Life, from Talia Sanhewe. The runner-up in the category was Hatch, from Wendy Spinks.
Pierre Branco, Turner’s VP and general manager of southern Europe and Africa, calls it “a demonstration of how we are strengthening our presence across the continent, and building our local production strategy to create content that is both relevant and engaging for our African audiences.”
For Nick Wilson, chair of the export missions committee of Animation SA, the partnership is a “validation” of a years-long effort to develop local capacity in animation.
“Our mandate is to grow the animation industry in South Africa, and there is no better way to do that than in dialogue with one of the biggest players in global animation,” he says.
Congrats to Talia and Wendy!