Students shine at Cape Town Animation Festival

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Cape Town International Animation Festival
Cape Town International Animation Festival

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the seventh Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) took place from 2 to 4 March. The Festival presents the best of local and international films by award-winning animators, as well as providing a unique platform to engage with global industry leaders in a series of insightful workshops, talks and panel discussions. 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.

Winner Liam Barnwell with Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director for Nickelodeon at Viacom International Media Networks Africa and winner Lateesha Gillespie. Pic by Gavin Withers.
Winner Liam Barnwell with Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director for Nickelodeon at Viacom International Media Networks Africa and winner Lateesha Gillespie. Pic by Gavin Withers.

As part of the Festival’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of animators, the Student Awards has become an annual highlight at the Festival. The initiative recognises student work across various categories, for both team and individual projects. There were an incredible 58 entries this year and the judging panel comprised of 18 leaders in the industry.

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CTIAF Student Winners 2018. Pic by Gavin Withers.
CTIAF Student Winners 2018. Pic by Gavin Withers.

Nickelodeon for the third consecutive year has sponsored the phenomenal prize for two students to have the opportunity to participate in a two-week internship at their Burbank studios in the USA. Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director for Nickelodeon at Viacom International Media Networks Africa, which incorporates Nick Jr and NickToons, handed over the prize to winning students Lateesha Gillespie and Liam Barnwell. In addition to their exceptional talent, they showcased both vision and leadership in their applications. This competition is indicative of Nickelodeon’s commitment to creating platforms which contribute to and uplift Africa’s youth and society.

The full list of winners is:

  • Character Animation / 1st Year Students – Arrest Me – The Animation School
  • Character Animation / Individual Projects – Digital– Boom Shakala – The Animation School
  • Character Animation / Team Production – Mite-y Beard – The Animation School
  • Story / Team Production – Mite-y Beard – The Animation School
  • Art Direction / Team Production – Rocket Boys – The Animation School
  • Lighting / Team Production – Eden – The Animation School
  • Visual Fx Team Production – Rocket Boys – The Animation School
  • Best Project 1st Year Students – Papyrus – The Animation School
  • Best Production / Individual Students Tradigital –Tik Tok – Stellenbosch School of Design
  • Best Production / Individual Students Digital – Boom Shakala – The Animation School
  • Best Team Production Tradigital – The Knight Shift – CFAD
  • Best Team Production Digital – Rocket Boys – The Animation School

Recently, South African Manga group Umlando Wezithombe won the Bronze medal at the prestigious 11th Japan International Manga Award for a pictorial story of the life of Nelson Mandela titled “Mandela”. Manga is a popular art form in Japan. The handing over ceremony of the award took place at the Ceremony awarded by Yasushi Naito, Consul of Japan Cape Town. This formed part of the second year of collaboration between the CTIAF and the Japanese Embassy and Consulate in Cape Town, who are marking their centenary celebrations in South Africa.

The Chaos group, providers of 3d rendering software, sponsored an award for technical excellence to three students. Karien Benz, Justin Pedersen and Conor Smith each won a year’s license to industry 3D rendering software from the Chaos Group.

Animation SA’s Julia Smuts Louw presented two awards to graduates of Draw for Life, Animation SA’s outreach initiative, which is offered by Sparks Flew Development Studio and PASCAP Trust with the support of The Animation School and Animate Africa. Draw for Life is a term-long Saturday morning programme teaching the principles of drawing for animation to underprivileged teens from Mitchell’s Plein and Hout Bay. Andile Nqabelele was recognised for most promising digital drawing ability, and Tashreeq King, for most promising gesture drawing ability, with prizes generously sponsored by CTIAF and WACOM Europe. Both these learners have been invited to take part in Triggerfish’s hot desk learning residence in 2018.

“The calibre of work submitted just gets better every year,” says Toni Andrews, schools coordinator for the Cape Town International Animation Festival. “The Award programme at the Festival is an incredible opportunity for the students to have their work seen by industry professionals as well as enjoy the sense of achievement with being nominated.”

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 information about the Festival.

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