Local animation festival builds bridges to France and beyond
Cape Town: October 2012
Animation South Africa and The French Institute of South Africa are proud to announce the imminent launch of Kunjanimation 2012, an animation festival which is the only national event exclusively dedicated to animation.
The animation festival seeks to showcase and celebrate South Africa’s emerging talent in animation, while building bridges with the industry internationally.
Launched with great success in 2011, the festival takes its name from the Zulu greeting, kunjani, combined with the word ‘animation.’
“It’s all about extending a hand in friendship to other proponents of this ever-changing art-form from across the world,” says festival director, Daniel Snaddon.
“This year, we’re casting our net much wider, with film viewings for the general public and learning opportunities for students and professionals at every level, as well as a more goal-directed platform for business.”
Snaddon says in the festival’s first year the focus was on creating a forum for industry professionals, and furthering dialogue between the French and South African industries.
“For the second edition in Cape Town, Kunjanimation are inviting the public to take part in a celebration of the art of animation – there will be screenings of a diverse range of animated movies and short films as well as an exhibition of animation production artwork.
“Our official opening night will see a select audience attend the Cape Town premiere of the award-winning South African feature Adventures in Zambezia. Kunjanimation 2012 is also excited to welcome director Jean François Laguionie, who will present his latest feature film Le Tableau (The Painting).
Snaddon says on the business side Kunjanimation 2012 will offer a platform for networking between African and European animation professionals. “The festival board will be collaborating with France’s most prestigious annual industry event, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and its market MIFA, which have been associated with Kunjanimation since its inception.
Canda Kincses, Cape Town Chairperson for Animation SA, says: “Annecy has played a key role in forging closer ties between our industries. There is much that our young industry can learn from the great French tradition.”
Another new element of this year’s event is professional education and skill-sharing, with a range of workshops, talks and presentations featuring leading South African studios such as Black Ginger, Triggerfish, Imaginari and Strikas Entertainment.
Kunjanimation 2012 is also offering a series of master classes on character animation led by Dreamworks animator Alexandre Heboyan. These will be facilitated by world-renowned French animation college Les Gobelins l’Ecole de l’Image, of which Heboyan himself is an alumnus.
A ‘portfolio review cocktail evening’ will be held on Friday 19th of October for aspiring animation artists who can have their work reviewed by studios and industry veterans.
Says Snaddon: “This is a first for South Africa, and a coup for the young festival. Gobelins graduates are regularly snapped up by the world’s best studios, including Disney and Pixar.”
Kunjanimation 2012 is organized as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 with the support of Wesgro and the NFVF.
Kunjanimation 2012 runs from 17-21 October.