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Local and international stars of animation line up for CTIAF 2018

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the seventh Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) takes place from 2 to 4 March 2018 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

     With something for all ages, the Festival presents the best of local and international films by award-winning animators, as well as providing a unique platform to engage with global industry leaders in a series of insightful workshops, talks and panel discussions.
     The CTIAF has become a significant fixture on the international festival calendar as a marketplace for the fast-growing and internationally acclaimed African animation industry. The Festival also hosts live drawing classes, business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions and an outreach programme.
     The CTIAF is proudly presented by Animation SA and is made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors the Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Cape Town, Wesgro, Nickelodeon, the Canadian Embassy, The Japanese Embassy and Consulate in Cape Town and the French Institute of South Africa. CTIAF has also partnered with Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Animate Africa.
     “We have a stellar line up of speakers, featuring some of the best creative and business minds in animation, screenings of the world’s top animated films and a range of free events that are fun for the whole family,” says Festival Director Dianne Makings. “We are delighted to be collaborating with both our long-standing and new partners to bring you the best Festival yet.”

The City of Cape Town is proud to be associated with an event that highlights to the world the richness of our creative industries and the cutting-edge work that is being done here –  says Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille

     Big Bad Fox, directed by Academy Award nominated French Director Benjamin Renner, will have its local premiere at the CTIAF. Adapted from Renner’s own books Le grand méchantrenard and Un bébé à livrerthe, Hollywood Reporter called the film ‘wacky, heartwarming and wise’. It features a collection of animals on a farm like no other.
     From the creators of BAFTA award-winning and Academy Award nominated Revolting Rhymes comes The Highway Rat, a delightful animation of the popular children’s story by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Produced by Magic Light Pictures and animated at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and Cape Town based Triggerfish Animation Studios, The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. The film premiered on BBC 1 in England on Christmas Day and stars David Tennant, Rob Brydon and Tom Hollander.
     As part of their centenary celebrations in South Africa, the Japanese Embassy and Consulate in Cape Town have partnered with the CTIAF for a second year. President and CEO of Polygon Pictures, John Shuzo Shiota, returns to join the speaker line up and there will be screenings of Japanese animated film Mary and the Witches Flower directed by Academy Award nominated animator Yonebayashi Hiromasa. John Shuzo Shiota participated in the launch of Dream Pictures Studio in 1997 before he moved to Polygon Pictures two years later.

CTIAF 2018
The Highway Rat | COPYRIGHT Magic Light Pictures 2017

     There will also be a workshop with animation artists including South African Manga group Umlando Wezithombe who won the Bronze medal at the 11th Japan International Manga Award. Manga is a popular art form in Japan. The handing over ceremony of the award will take place at the CTIAF 2018.
     Directed by Academy Award nominated animator Yonebayashi HiromasaMary and the Witches Flower is the first animated film from Studio Ponoc. A strange flower grants a young girl magical powers, which leads to the adventure of a lifetime.
     Pear Cider and Cigarettes was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It will be screened at the CTIAF and its creator, Canadian animator and visual graphic artist Robert Valley, attends the programme to talk about this brutally honest story of a turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood.
     The 2018 CTIAF programme will also include a selection of screenings of work by international artists curated by the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
     Director Alexandre Heboyan will also take part at CTIAF. He has animated characters on Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Monsters vs Aliens (2009), worked at Dreamworks and he directed the CG movie Mune, the Moon Guardian, which was selected in Annecy film festival, and won the best feature in the Tokyo Animation Award Festival.

The DAC views the platform created by CTIAF as contributing to the growth and development of the sector. We congratulate the CTIAF on yet another successful instalment of the festival – Department of Arts and Culture

     A special highlight for trade visitors, Lorna Withrington, Director of Creative Affairs at Entertainment One will be sharing her insights, expertise and experience about the industry. With a career spanning Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, and Peppa Pig, Lorna has worked with some of the biggest brands in children’s television and brings this knowledge to finding and creating the next generation of hit children’s TV shows.
     Following the overwhelming response last year to the CTIAF Outreach Programme at the Isivivana centre in Khayelitsha, there will again be screenings of films, drawing classes with Animate Africa, and various workshops to teach the fundamentals of animation.
     “There are a number of free events to be enjoyed – from the Artists Alley showcasing the work of some of SA’s most talented graphic artists, to drawing and stop-motion workshops for children aged 7-12 years and free screenings and drawing workshops at the Isivivana centre,” says Makings. “Students also have the opportunity to bring their portfolio to the artist alley for free advice from our industry experts.”

Our partnership with the festival has been a valued collaboration for many years and we look forward to this new opportunity to sharing our support to foster collaborations between the South African and the French animation industries and talents – Erika Denis, Regional Head of Media, Film & Music, French Embassy/French Institute of South Africa

     The popular CTIAF student awards programme celebrates both team and individual projects across various categories. For the incredible third year, Nickelodeon is sponsoring the phenomenal opportunity for one student to do an internship at Nickelodeon in the USA as part of the student competition. The winners will be announced at an event on Saturday 3 March.
     “Other exciting events in our packed programme include a Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) component again, ADOBE demo sessions and talks from our supporters such as the Department of Arts and Culture and the City of Cape Town. Thanks to the award-winning team at Muti who have created our innovative look for the CTIAF 2018 design.”
     The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 2 to 4 March 2018 at The River Club in Observatory,  Cape Town. Visit for the full programme details.
     Screenings cost R40. A full Festival pass (valid 2 to 4 March) costs R100 for ASA members, R250 for students and R500 for a full Festival pass. A day pass costs R350 (tickets include all events).
     Bookings can be made at Webtickets
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