Strong involvement of DCH and DLA at the International Animation Festival in Cape Town this year.

The only dedicated African animation festival of the continent is back this year from the 8th to the 10th of March, 2019, presented by Animation SA and its partners. For three days, the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) will offer the best of African animation, through various screenings, talks, masterclasses as well as workshops, networking sessions and an exhibition area.

Johannesburg based innovation hub Tshimologong and its Digital Content Hub will be well represented at the Festival, first through the presence of Isabelle Rorke – animation expert at Tshimologong – as speaker of CTIAF industry programme. In addition, three experts of the third edition of Digital Lab Africa (DLA) are featured in the programme as speakers: Lesego Vorster, founder and CEO of The Hidden Hand Studio animation company, Isaac Mogajane, Co-founder and Head of Development for Diprente Films and Stuart Forrest, CEO of Triggerfish Animation, they are all collaborating with the DLA mentorship programme in the Animation category as mentors.

This 2019 edition of the CTIAF is also characterized by its strong French animation industry presence supported by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).

The famous animation school Les Gobelins will be represented at CTIAF by Cécile Blondel, the school’s Head of International Relations who will give a Storytelling Masterclass and Moira Marguin, Les Gobelins’ Head of Animation. Last but not least, the opening film of the festival will be Dilili in Paris, a feature film written and directed by famous French director Michel Ocelot. One of the producer of the film Eve Machuel (Nord-Ouest Films) is attending the festival to share her insights into the making of Dilili in Paris.

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Thursday 7 March

Screening of Dilili in Paris, written and directed by Michel Ocelot
20:00pm at Labia Theatreposter01

Synopsis : In Belle Epoque Paris, little Kanak Dilili gets caught up in a mystery plot that will take her through the upper reaches and lower depths of Paris.  She’s accompanied in her quest by an earnest delivery boy, Orel, who seems to personally know every major figure from the perios, ranging from Marie Curie to Toulouse-Lautrec, and introduces his little detective pal to a host of thinkers and creators who have since become household names.

Taking his lyrical and pedagogical brand of animation all the way back to his homeland, writer-director Michel Ocelot offers up a meaningful journey through French cultural history composed of his own reworked photographs of real Parisian places.

Special Note: This screening is by invite only.  If you would like to attend this screening and have not received an invitation please email

Friday 8 March

Join Isabelle Rorke for breakfast and discussion around Social Impact and Human Capital Innovation

12:00-12:45 : Educating the young South African Animation Artist. A panel discussion with Lesego Vorster and Kabelo Maaka.

13 :00-13 :45

Eve Machuel is the line producer at Nord-Ouest Films. She shares her insights into the making of Dilili in Paris and working with Michel Ocelot producer.

Storytelling Masterclass with Cécile Blondel from the Gobelins School of Animation in France. In the session we will focus on how to develop a story.

Saturday 9 March

Review Your Project with Cécile Blondel from the Gobelins School of Animation in France. Cécile is ready to look at your project and give advice and feedback to you


Creating content in Africa Aron Warner, Isaac Mogajane, Somto Ajuluchukwu and Stuart Forrest talk about the opportunities and challengesof joining the global industry

Sunday 10 March

Meet the teachers of Gobelins for a screening of Gobelins student films followed by Q&A.

The Animation Industry in France. Moira from Les Gobelins discusses the market, what is the French touch and training methods.