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The annual Festival presents the best of local and international films by award-winning animators, as well as providing the industry with a unique platform to engage with global industry leaders in a series of insightful workshops, talks and panel discussions.
The public have the chance to watch top local and international content that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to see, as well as get an insight into the industry through drawing and stop motion workshops, among other exciting events.
“We have an incredible line up of films that can be enjoyed with the family, as well as a range of free activities at this year’s Festival,” says Festival Director Dianne Makings.
“The Artist Alley showcases some of our most talented artists. Come for a visit and see the live drawing on stage, view their work and for ages 14 +, try an exciting Virtual Reality Experience.
“For ages 7-12 there’s also our stop-motion workshops to have fun bringing pictures, clay or puppets to life, one snap at a time,” says Makings.
There will be a Manga drawing workshop with South African Manga group Umlando Wezithombe, the team behind Mandela the Graphic Novel, who won the Bronze medal at the 11th Japan International Manga Award. Manga is a popular art form in Japan. The workshop takes place on Saturday 3 March at 10h30 – 12h00.
“The International Manga Award will be handed over at our Student Award ceremony on Saturday night, which is also open to the public and a chance to be inspired by the talent of our entrants who are the next generation of animators,” adds Makings.
Big Bad Fox will be screened on Sunday 4 March at 16h30.The film, directed by Academy Award nominated French Director Benjamin Renner, features a collection of animals on a farm like no other. Adapted from Renner’s own books Le grand méchant renard and Un bébé à livrer the Hollywood Reporter called the film ‘wacky, heart-warming and wise’.
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 Cape Town based Triggerfish Animation Studios, The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. It will be screened on Sunday 4 March at 12h45.
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. They will present Mary and the Witch’s Flower directed by Academy Award nominated animator Yonebayashi Hiromasa. A strange flower grants a young girl magical powers, which leads to the adventure of a lifetime. PG rating. It will be screened on Friday 2 March at 20h00.
Access to the screenings, stop motion and Manga Drawing workshops are free and based on a first come, first serve basis.
The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 2 to 4 March 2018 at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. Visit www.ctiaf.com for the full programme details.
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 www.webtickets.co.za
Join the CTIAF on Facebook www.facebook.com/CTInternationalAnimationFest and Twitter @CTanimationfest
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.