At the eighth edition of the overwhelmingly successful Cape Town International Animation Festival, which took place from 8 to 10 March, the exciting announcement was made that the Cape Town International Animation Festival will partner with Comic Con from 2020, creating a Comic Com Cape Town.
The CTIAF, which sold out by the first afternoon, this year hosted speakers including Academy Award-winning producer Aron Warner, and Academy Award-winning director Peter Ramsey, who picked up the Oscar for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse just days before flying to the Festival.
Speaking at one of his sessions, Warner commented that the South African animation industry has huge potential and is like a boiling pot waiting to explode into something major.
Other keynote international speakers included Tomoya Imai and David Prescott of Skydance Animation; Archita Ghosh, Marc Moynihan, Furio Tedeschi and Isaac Mogajane, as well as guests from Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Uganda, Ghana, Zimabawe, Zambia, Nigeria, and many who have travelled from other parts of South Africa.
Festival director, Dianne Makings, said “The year-on-year growth of the festival has happened thanks to the loyal support of our sponsors, partners and the industry. The news of the partnership With Comic Con is immensely exciting as we take the next step of growth into the future. The presence of Comic Con in Cape Town will have a huge impact on pop-culture enthusiasts in the City.”
Speaking at the opening event of CTIAF, Carol Weaving of Comic Con said she is delighted that Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP, which runs Comic Con events globally, will be hosting Comic Con Cape Town in partnership with CTIAF. They are looking forward to this collaboration to show off local talent through their international networks.
The CTIAF has become renowned for presenting world-class content, from animated films to insightful workshops and masterclasses, as well as providing a unique platform through which to engage with global industry leaders. The festival also hosts business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities, and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions, a family programme and an outreach programme.
This year learners had the phenomenal opportunity to take part in workshops hosted by Peter Ramsey and Tomoya Imai. Imai attended the festival thanks to the support of the Japanese Embassy and Consulate in Cape Town.
The weekend kicked off with the popular annual Student Awards on Thursday evening that have become a cornerstone of the festival’s commitment to developing the next generation of animators. The initiative recognises student works across a variety of categories, for both team and individual projects. There were an incredible 107 entries this year and the judging panel comprised of 21 industry leaders. Long-standing supporter Nickelodeon, in addition to generously sponsoring full festival passes for all of the Student Awards nominees, announced the incredible prize for two students to attend Annecy, one of the world’s leading animation festivals. This was awarded to the extremely talented James Kock and Sinenhlanhla Shozi.
The CTIAF is proudly presented by Animation SA and is made possible thanks to generous support from following 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.