Star students kick off eighth CTIAF

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Proudly presented by Animation SA, the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival was off to an inspiring start on 7 March with the announcement of the winners of the Festival’s flagship student awards programme. The CTIAF takes place from 8 to 10 March at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

Cape Town International Animation Festival - CTIAFThe Festival has become renowned for presenting world-class content, from animated films to insightful 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 the student competition, a family programme and an outreach initiative.

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The Student Awards have become a cornerstone of the Festival’s commitment to developing the next generation of animators. The initiative recognises student work across various categories, for both team and individual projects. There were an incredible 107entries this year and the judging panel comprised of 21 leaders in the industry.

“Each year we are astounded and inspired by the level of talent and creativity shown in the entries,” says Shani Campbell, schools coordinator for the Cape Town International Animation Festival. “The Student Awards have become such an important part of this Festival in nurturing the future creators who will be presenting their films at this Festival!”

The full list of winners is:

  • CHARACTER ANIMATION / INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS – SHORT FORM – Tian Westraad – Home, The Animation School CT
  • CHARACTER ANIMATION / INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS – LONG FORM – Simon Kotze – Ben’s Lab, Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography
  • CHARACTER ANIMATION / TEAM PRODUCTION – Luke Viljoen, Zachari Bakker and Heike von Petersdorff – Hadidance, The Animation School CT
  • STORY / TEAM PRODUCTION – Dean Bowerman, Tarryn Donald, Saira George, Sara Laubscher, Claudia Schirmer, Sinenhlanhla Shozi, Jonathan Young – Undone, The Animation School CT
  • ART DIRECTION / TEAM PRODUCTION – Sara Laubscher – Undone, The Animation School CT
  • LIGHTING/ TEAM PRODUCTION – Dean Bowerman, Sinenhlanhla Shozi & Sara Laubscher – Undone, The Animation School CT
  • VISUAL FXTEAM PRODUCTION – James Cock & Rudolf Jansen van Vuuren – Ember, The Animation School JHB
  • BEST PRODUCTION 1YEAR STUDENTS – Julia Coull – Cancelled Plans, The Animation School CT
  • BEST PRODUCTION / INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTION SHORT FORM – Tian Westraad – Home, The Animation School CT
  • BEST PRODUCTION / INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTION LONG FORM – Charl Engelbrecht – Ascension, Cape Town Creative Academy
  • BEST TEAM PRODUCTION – Dean Bowerman, Tarryn Donald, Saira George, Sara Laubscher, Claudia Schirmer, Sinenhlanhla Shozi, Jonathan Young – Undone, The Animation School CT

There were once again generous prizes from CTIAF sponsors. The Chaos Group sponsored awards for outstanding technical artistry in animation. The prize of one-year access for Chaos Group software of their choice was presented to Dean Bowerman, James Cock and Rudolf Jansen van Vuuren and Charl Engelbrecht.

Long-standing supporter Nickelodeon, in addition to generously sponsoring full festival passes for all of the Student Awards nominees, announced the incredible prize for two students to attend Annecy, one of the world’s leading animation festivals. This was awarded to James Kock and Sinenhlanhla Shozi.

Special Rising Talent mentions were also noted for Sam Kellner (11 years old) and Robin Zimmer, who are both in Grade 11, for the work they had submitted.

2018 marked the third successful chapter of Draw for Life, Animation SA’s outreach programme, teaching gesture and figure drawing to talented teens at under-resourced schools in Mitchell’s Plain and Hout Bay. This is also the third year in which the graduates have gone on to attend Digital Canvas Academy to learn digital drawing and painting. Founder of Draw for Life, Julia Smuts Louw, acknowledged two outstanding students who completed this creative journey. They are Innocent Biringanine (Best student in gesture drawing) and Sthorme Webb (Best student in digital drawing).

Thanks to DDS and Wacom for once again sponsoring Wacom tablets for the winning students.

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 High Commission of Canada, 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.

Visit www.ctiaf.com for the full programme details. The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 8 to 10 March 2018 at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

Bookings can be made at Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za

Visit www.ctiaf.com for information about the Festival.

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