Pan-African animation pitching competition launches


Annecy – one of only four international animated film festivals sponsored by ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association – is coming to Africa, as African animation prepares to go Global.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA (Annecy MIFA), DISCOP Markets and the African Animation Network (AAN) have partnered to create the first ever Pan-African animation pitching competition called Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde.

Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde will comprise two rounds of semi-finals; the first at DISCOP Abidjan; and the second at DISCOP Johannesburg. The top six projects from DISCOP Abidjan will compete against the top six projects from DISCOP Johannesburg in the Grand Finale to be held at DISCOP Johannesburg. At the Grand Finale the top two projects will be selected to represent the continent, receiving automatic entry into Animation du Monde 2018 at Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA.

Nick Wilson, project manager of the African Animation Network, said; “Annecy/MIFA represents the absolute pinnacle of our craft. Competing in Animation du Monde is the animation equivalent of participating in the Olympics. In Africa, we’ve long held that we have beautiful and unique stories to tell the rest of the world. This is a tangible opportunity to find the very best African animation projects in development, mentor them, and give them an opportunity to compete against their global counterparts whilst telling the world our stories.’

In an unprecedented move, DISCOP Markets will be postponing all categories of their regular pitching competitions in favour of Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde.

Patrick Zuchowicki, director of DISCOP, explains the move: “We have witnessed firsthand the phenomenal momentum the African animation industry has been building and we would like to place a focus on it for 2017. In partnering with Annecy/MIFA and AAN, we are able to offer the African animation industry an incredible opportunity to bridge with the global animation community. This is a unique offering and we encourage all African animation professionals to participate.’

Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde is open to producers from African countries.

To register for the opportunity to participate in pitch sessions, visit for full details.

Deadline to register: 9 May 2017.

Source: Shadow and Act

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