Canadian Academy Award-nominated animated films will be presented at the seventh Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) from 2 to 4 March. The Festival will be held at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town from 2 to 4 March 2018.
In partnership with the High Commission of Canada in South Africa, the CTIAF will be presenting a selection of Canadian Academy Award-nominated animated films as well as some of Canada’s top creative and business minds at the Festival.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Canada-South Africa audio-visual co-production agreement. With that in mind the High Commission of Canada in South Africa and the CTIAF are going to be celebrating twenty years of telling stories and doing business together.
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.
Valley is also well known for the work he did on AEON Flux. He won an Annie award as the character designer for Disney’s Tron the animated series and did the character designs for Disney’s Tron: Uprising and Motorcity.
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.
On Friday 2 March between 1pm and 2pm, there will also be screenings of several Academy Award nominated Canadian short films.
“The High Commission of Canada is proud to support a Canada focus at the 2018 Cape Town International Animation Film Festival. Canada is a global leader in the animation and digital effects industry and well-known for top innovation and creativity. Festival audiences for the Canadian short films and the Academy Award-nominated Pear Cider and Cigarettes are in for a treat!” says Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada in South Africa.
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 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.