Cape Town International Animation Festival 2019 will be featuring some serious animation gurus this year, including Academy Award/ Golden Globe winners. The festival has announced that Academy Award-winning producer Aron Warner and Academy Award-nominated director, Peter Ramsey (pictured right – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) will be joining this year’s festival line-up.
Warner is a writer and Academy Award-winning producer of the animated blockbusters Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After. He also produced the critically-acclaimed animated feature The Book of Life. Currently, Warner is developing a number of projects with Sony Pictures Animation.
Ramsey is the Academy Award-nominated director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was released in December 2018 by Sony Pictures Animation and was announced as the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film in January this year. Additionally, the film has taken home the following awards for Best Animated Film: the Critics’ Choice, the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Producers Guild of America and the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.
Cape Town International Animation Festival 2019 programme
Proudly presented by Animation SA, the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival 2019 (CTIAF) will take place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa.
The CTIAF has become renowned for presenting world-class content, from animated films to insightful talks, workshops and masterclasses as well as providing a unique platform to engage with global industry leaders. The festival also hosts business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions, a family programme and an outreach initiative.
“We are honoured that these two global leaders will be joining us at this year’s festival. We are extremely grateful to Sony Pictures Animation for their support in making this happen,” says Festival Director Dianne Makings. “Aron Warner will be sharing his immense experience and insights into the global animation industry and discussing the current trends.”
She continues: “The festival is committed to promoting and celebrating transformation in the animation sector. Peter, who was the first African American director of an animated feature film for a major studio with Rise of the Guardians, and the first African American director to be nominated or an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category, will be exploring the topic of diversity in the industry in his talks.”
The full CTIAF programme of films, speakers and workshops will include internationally acclaimed films, such as African premieres of Mamoru Hosoda’s Golden Globe nominated Mirai as well as Makoto Shinkai’s romantic fantasy drama Your Name. Also premiering, hot off its debut on BBC One on Christmas Day, is Magic Light Pictures’ Zog, directed by Academy Award nominated director Max Lang and adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
What: The Cape Town International Animation Festival
Where and when: The River Club, Observatory, Cape Town from 8 to19 March 2019