South Africa made a strong showing at Annecy this year, with three films in competition and two wins at the star-studded awards. But behind the scenes, Tim and Candice Argall of Bugbox Animation have been working on a different kind of win for SA.
Off the back of their winning pitch at MIFA’s Animation du Monde contest last year, and the subsequent residency at Folimage, the team have signed the historic first French/South African co-production. We caught up with the dynamic power couple in Annecy, just after their feedback session at MIFA, a year down the line. Watch our interview below!
The Bugbox/Folimage co-production will open the doors to further collaborations and help cement South Africa’s standing as an animation partner of choice for France and beyond, says Frédéric Chambon, Regional Media and Film Attaché at the French Institute in South Africa.
“We are particularly excited and happy to celebrate MUSI & CUCKOO as the first animation co-production between France and South Africa,” says Chambon. “This is the direct outcome of a development support process we put in place together with MIFA for this project, and the relationships we established between our two animation industries these past years together with Animation SA.”
More exciting partnerships are already in the works, Chambon reveals: “In addition to Musi & Cuckoo, we have two animated short films in development as co-productions, as part of an ongoing cooperation that includes partnerships with animation schools like Gobelins, internships of French students in local studios and support to the Cape Town International Animation Festival.”
We look forward to seeing what emerges! Until then, here’s the delightful intro created by Bugbox and Folimage, with the help of SA music stalwarts Mango Groove.