The sixth Cape Town International Animation Festival presented by Animation SA from 3 to 5 March gave students a chance to show their work.
The annual Festival brings South Africans the chance to catch some of the world’s best animated films, as well as masterclasses and workshops with global industry leaders.
A highlight is the annual student competition and awards evening, which provides a platform for animation student work in several categories, both team and individual projects. There were 67 entries this year, judged by leaders in the industry.
Nickelodeon once again sponsored the prize for two students to do an internship at Nickelodeon in the USA. Creator of the animated series Shimmer and Shine, Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz from Nick Animation Studio and Chris Torline, Nickelodeon Channel Director, handed over the award to winners Toni Andrews and Kent Mayne.
“The calibre of entries just gets higher every year,” says Shani Campbell, schools coordinator for the Cape Town International Animation Festival. “It is also encouraging for the upcoming students to sit in the audience at the awards evening and aspire to great heights by watching their peers before them.”
An additional award this year was the Draw for Life Most Promising Student award, which was won by Dawood Salie, the prize for which is a Wacom tablet gifted to Draw for Life by DDS and Wacom Europe. Draw for Life was started by Animation SA and PASCAP Trust with the support of The Animation School, Animate Africa and Digital Canvas Academy to find and nurture the skills of talented learners from diverse backgrounds and to help them discover the art of drawing for animation.
The CTIAF is made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors the National Film and Video Foundation; Wesgro; Animation SA, the French Institute of South Africa, The Embassy of Japan and the Canadian Embassy. CTIAF has also partnered with Nickelodeon and Draw for Life.
Visit www.ctiaf.com for information about the Festival.