Students shine at sixth Animation Festival

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Winners of the student awards at the sixth Cape Town International Animation Festival
Winners of the student awards at the sixth Cape Town International Animation Festival

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.

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The full list of winners is:

  • CHARACTER ANIMATION / 1 YEAR STUDENTS
    Rita Du Plessis at LEARN 3D for PORK HEART
  • CHARACTER ANIMATION / INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS – TRADITIONAL/TRADIGITAL
    Tamlyn Nunes at CITY VARSITY for STREET RAT
  • CHARACTER ANIMATION / INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS DIGITAL
    Karien Benz at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for PRIMAL INSTINCTS
  • CHARACTER ANIMATION / TEAM PRODUCTION
    Depesh Cara, Eduardo Rocha and Dirk Coetzee at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for BEN AND JERRY
  • STORY / TEAM PRODUCTION
    Kelly McCarter at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for HEWN
  • ART DIRECTION / TEAM PRODUCTION
    Sebastian Kristiansen at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for HEWN
  • LIGHTING / TEAM PRODUCTION
    Matthew Levack at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for BEN & JERRY
  • VISUAL FX TEAM PRODUCTION
    Matthew Dunwoody at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for NOVA
  • BEST PRODUCTION 1st YEAR STUDENTS
    Dewald de la Rey at UDACITY for JULIET
  • BEST PRODUCTION / INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS TRADITIONAL/TRADIGITAL
    Tamlyn Nunes at CITY VARSITY for STREET RAT
  • BEST PRODUCTION / INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS DIGITAL
    Karien Benz at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for PRIMAL INSTINCTS
  • BEST TEAM PRODUCTION
    Alison Parker and team at THE ANIMATION SCHOOL for BEN & JERRY. The team is Depesh Cara, Dirk Coetzee, Matthew Levack, Thivhusiwi Mamaila, Alison Parker, Eduardo Rocha and Anrich Wolmarans.

The Chaos Group sponsored annual licensed software to three winners who will be able to choose from a range of world class programmes across Best Visual Effects, Best Lighting, and Best Art Direction.
The winners, who were presented with their awards by Stacey Pearson of Touchvision, were Sebastian Kristiansen, Matthew Dunwoody and Matthew Levack.

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.

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