African premiere, Oscar nominees and award-winners for Cape Town International Animation Festival

The Cape Town International Animation Festival has announced an African premiere, multiple award winners and Oscar nominees as part of the line up for their fifth festival. Previously called Kunjanimation, the Festival runs from 18 to 21 February 2016 at the River Club in Cape Town.

Curated by Animation SA, the annual Festival brings South Africans the chance to catch some of the world's best animated films from countries such as France, Brazil, Australia, Ireland and South Africa.

In addition, the CTIAF hosts an exciting range of workshops with global industry leaders, providing a rare opportunity to engage with them and learn from their insights. This year's topics include subjects such as character animation, scriptwriting and producing.

The CTIAF is made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors Wesgro; Animation SA; the National Film and Video Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa. CTIAF has also partnered with Nickelodeon.

The 2016 progamme includes the African premiere of Stick Man which premiered on BBC One and was the fourth most watched programme on Christmas Day with 9.27 million viewers and 41% audience share. Produced by Magic Light Pictures and animated by Triggerfish Studio, press responses included, "spell-binding... witty and wise... a delight" Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph. Stick Man is adapted from the book by writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child fame, the animated films of which Magic Light were nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA.

Festival Director Dianne Makings says, "The Festival's programme is designed to inspire and build both the local industry and audiences, by exposing them to world class talent and content through screenings, talks, workshops and masterclasses.

"We are delighted to have confirmed the African premiere of Stick Man by Magic Light Pictures and South Africa's very own Triggerfish Studios, as well as Oscar nominated films Song of the Sea and Boy and the World and a host of other acclaimed films.

"We also have an incredible line up of workshops, catering for a range of interests," adds Makings.
A highlight is the workshop with world-famous Laika's producer, Mark Shapiro, who has worked on films such as Coraline, Paranorman and The Corpse Bride. Laika celebrates their tenth birthday in 2016.

Renowned producer, Christine Ponzevera will discuss different strategies to pitch to European studios, and also how co-productions work.

Technical talks and demonstrations will all be hosted by Adobe, AJA, The Chaos Group, The Foundry and Cel Action.

"It's a coup to have secured Nedy Acet, who is a 3D animator at Dreamworks studio. He has animated several of Dreamwork's major productions including Kung Fu Panda 3, Peabody and Sherman and Madagascar 3. He will present an artistic workshop about 3d character design. We are grateful to the French Institute of South Africa, who have enabled Nedy and Christine to be with us."

"We will also be partnering with Friends of Design to offer a series of Gaming Workshops, and once again with the innovative team from Pop the Culture, who will run various seminars around graphic novels and producer roles."

To ensure that festival goers don't miss what's happening at the office while they are attending the Festival, Media Cloud will be providing internet access for all attendees. This will also allow Q&A sessions with overseas directors such as Tomm Moore and Adam Elliot to be remotely accessible.
In addition, the Festival will host a student awards initiative, with incredible prizes; a children's programme; a competition for the Festival trailer; outreach programmes and B2B sessions.
The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 18 to 21 February 2016. All workshops take place at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. Screenings take place at the Labia Theatre and the Riverclub

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