Presented by Animation SA, the ninth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) takes place from 1 to 3 October, 2021, online and in-person at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

CTIAF is the largest dedicated African animation festival on the continent. With an exciting hybrid programme of talks, workshop, screenings, producer meetings, business-to-business sessions and more, it provides an opportunity to engage with global industry leaders, shine a spotlight on African talent and create a platform for connections and sharing of knowledge between local animators and their international counterparts.

Little Vampire will be screened as part of the Cape Town International Animation Festival Cape Town 2021

Comic Con Cape Town Pop-up event

This year CTIAF will also be presented with a Comic Con Cape Town Pop-up event, in partnership with the City of Cape Town. On Saturday 2 October, enjoy activities such as Cosplay competitions, the popular Comic Art Drink & Draw & Sketch-off competitions and Pop Culture Quiz Sessions.

“We’ve searched the globe to bring you the best of the animation industry and are proud to present the best of Africa to the world,” says CTIAF Festival Director Dianne Makings. “We were unable to host our annual event last year, but the South African industry has continued to thrive on the international stage.

“CTIAF showcases Africa’s animation talent under one roof and understands the challenges, needs and opportunities of the African animation industry. We also want to help explore how we bring undiscovered African stories alive through colourful narratives.

“We can’t wait to gather, online and in person, our stellar line up of international and South African delegates to share their knowledge, engage in workshops, provide opportunities to have your portfolio reviewed, and so much more.”

Visitors can also enjoy the unique chance to watch screenings such as the Annency award winner Petit Vampire, directed by Joann Sfar; and look out for a selection of short films and the Best of Annecy. Screenings will take place at GoDrivein and tickets can be purchased at Webtickets. A full, three-day Professional CTIAF pass will also get you in!

Deidre Jantjies speaks at The Cape Town International Animation Festival 2021
Speaker Deidre Jantjies

Speaker line-up

This includes Anna Berthold from United Talent Agents and Aoife Lennon Ritchie, owner of Lennon-Ritchie Agency (LRA) & co-owner of Torchwood, a literary agency representing screenwriters, directors, and producers worldwide. Join them to find out more about the global animation industry when they will host an in-depth Q&A session on representation, studios and how to stand out in the crowd.

Producer and founder of Reel Stories, Esther Pearl and Yasaman Ford will discuss why representation matters both behind the scenes and on the screen. Pearl spent the majority of her film career at Pixar Animation Studios where her feature film credits include Academy Award winning films The Incredibles, Wall-e, and Monsters, Inc. She is committed to closing the gender gap in the film and media industry and Reel Stories is the first filmmaking and training program for young women and female identified people led by industry professionals. Yasaman Ford is a Program Coordinator and Instructor at Reel Stories and works with guest teachers from the film industry to translate their knowledge into curriculum for Reel Stories’s Master Classes.

Ford will be also presenting a session on Script-writing and Story Structure – How to take an idea from ideation to screenplay.

Cartoon Network Creative Lab

Nathan Stanton presents Tales from the Story Trenches. A presentation on Story Structure, Storyboarding, Staging and Composition and Visual Storytelling. Stanton began his career at Pixar in June 1996 as a story artist for Pixar’s second feature film, A Bug’s Life.  Most recently Stanton has moved on from Pixar and is currently running a 12-week Story Lab program for local talent in Africa for Triggerfish Animation and Netflix in Cape Town.

Esther Pearl will take part in a second event about the Ins and outs of starting a studio with South African cultural activist and writer, director and producer at Na Aap Productions Deidre Jantijies as well as Emmy Award-winner Kia Simon. Na Aap Productions is an integrated, broad based production company, screening untold stories of Southern Africa. In 2020, the company partnered with an Indian storyteller and produced Love Thy Neighbour, an animation short film that won international awards.

Kia Simon is the founder of Sneaky Little Sister, a motion graphics company that works on independent films, documentaries, and videos for clients such as T-Mobile, LinkedIn and eBay.  She has won multiple Emmys for her editorial and mograph work on the YouTube series Deep Look.

Mary Glasser interviews Mounia Aram about distribution opportunities for African animation on the continent and across the world. Aram is the Founder and President of Mounia Aram Company, which specialises in presenting African animation.

Another incredible opportunity is to hear Ariane Suveg of WARNERMEDIA share her experience on the Cartoon Network Creative Lab, the next steps and  ambitions they have for African animation. Suveg is Kids Content Director for WARNERMEDIA and manages kids content for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Boing in France, Africa and Israel.

Annemarie March, Loyiso Kwize, Mohale Mashigo and Clyde Beech are The Kwezi Team and were the winners of CTIAF’s Road to Annecy Pitching Competition.  They talk about their experiences in bringing SA’s most loved comic to screen.

In The Path to A Series Greenlight, South Africans Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal join Emmy Award-winner Kent Osborne to talk about the career journeys that have led to the series production for their new Disney Channel show, Kiff. Osborne has worked for animated shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Camp Lazlo, Phineas and Ferb, The Amazing World of Gumball and Summer Camp Island, among others.

Brian Nitzkin is Senior Vice President, Business Affairs for Myriad Pictures and Photon Films.  Myriad is a leading independent entertainment company with recent credits that include the Academy Award nominated Margin CallNever Too LateIron Sky – The Coming RaceFatima and Deadly Cuts.  Nitzkin will be giving a workshop How to package your idea.  What a sales agent needs to see.

Nitzkin will also be joining Pete O’Donoghue, Nick Cloete and Rob van Vuuren, to talk about Electric Juju: the start of making a one man stageplay an animated feature film.

Cape Town International Animation Festival’s Women Transforming Animation Programme is a series of lectures, discussions, masterclasses, and networking events all aimed at helping women connect and create new networks with industry veterans and leaders. WTA throws a spotlight on women changing the landscape of the animation industry. In partnership with Reel Stories / BAVC Media, WTA provides training and upskilling resources and opportunities during the festival and throughout the year.

A few of the other highlights include IFAS sharing training opportunities in France for South African animators; The Making of Troll Girl with director Kay Carmichael (Troll Girl will also be screened as part of CTIAF’s programme) and a workshop with Triggerfish Academy’s CEO, Colin Payne to learn about remote working best practices.

Book CTIAF tickets

All events require a ticket for access and seats are on a first-come first-serve basis. A festival ticket includes access to Comic Con Cape Town events. Full three-day Festival passes are:

*PROFESSIONAL PASS – R900 – access to all talks, workshops, films, meetings in person and online. Ideally suited for the animation professional
* VIRTUAL PASS – R750 – virtual access to all talks, films, meetings from the comfort of your lounge (does not include access to workshops)
* GENERAL PASS – R600  – access to the talks and films
* STUDENT PASS – R350 – access to talks and films

Parking is available at the College opposite the Old Biscuit Mill.

What: Cape Town International Animation Festival 2021
Where: Online and in-person at Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
When: 1 to 3 October 2021
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