The incubation of our Animation mentees kicking off, an important partnership signed, and more!

This year’s Annecy International Festival of Animated Film was full of important events for our DLA and Tshimologong team. South African creatives were well represented for this 2019 edition, with 20 delegates, including the 3 DLA Animation mentees, Naddya Adhiambo, Justus Machara and Lwazi Msipha, but also Animation experts such as Lesego Vorster and Isaac Mogajane. Here are all the good news and highlights of the Festival!

Animation mentees starting their incubation

The Annecy Festival was the occasion for our 3 Animation winners to start their incubation, by attending major animation events of the festival, but also meeting their mentors from French and African animation. They were able to discuss with Eric R├ęginaud, from our partner Ciclic, Marie Anne Fontenier, from NEF Animation, Isaac Mogajane from Diprente Films, Lesego Vorster, artistic director of the Tshimologong Animation Studio, and Stuart Forrest from the prestigious Triggerfish Animation Studio. Two of our winners, Naddya and Lwazi, were even able to pitch their projects (respectively Uzi and Ringa Mzansi), at Animation du Monde for Naddya and at South African Territory Focus for Lwazi, along our expert Isaac Mogajane who presented his newest project, Tonko, created by Terence Maluleke.

African creatives rewarded

We’re also proud to announce that some of our DLA mentees and alumni were awarded with prizes and big opportunities! First, Naddya Adhiambo won the Ciclic Prize for Animation of the World, and is rewarded with a month’s residency with the Animation studio to develop her project.

Besides, one of our DLA Alumni, Razahk Issaka, DLA#2 Audience Award winner for his project Man Must Chop, along with Feben Elias, winner of Animation category of DLA#2 for her project Dimbit, were awarded the Netflix scholarship, covering the fees for studying at the worldwide renowned french animation school Les Gobelins. They will be following courses of the prestigious “Character Animation and animated filmmaking – Master of Arts”.

Amazing news for animation in South Africa

The Annecy Festival was also a significant moment for the field of Animation in South Africa. The Tshimologong Precinct, along with the National Video and Film Foundation, Gobelins animation school and the French Embassy in South Africa, signed two major partnerships, to address training needs, scholarships, skill exchange and co-production opportunities, by opening internships and courses at Gobelins to young South African creatives, and fund their training. You can find more information about those partnerships here.

The Festival also announced that the 2020 edition’s spotlight territory would be dedicated to Africa and African animation, meaning that next year, along with the Africa 2020 season, Annecy Festival will hosts screenings, conferences and various meetings about animation in Africa and different aspects of this sector on the continent.

All in all, this year’s edition of Annecy Festival was interesting and full of opportunities for African creatives. The DLA team is excited and looking forward to working with new partners and meeting more and more animation experts.