African premiere, Oscar nominees and award-winners for Cape Town International Animation Festival

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The Cape Town International Animation Festival has announced an African premiere, multiple award winners and Oscar nominees as part of the line up for their fifth festival. Previously called Kunjanimation, the Festival runs from 18 to 21 February 2016 at the River Club in Cape Town.

Curated by Animation SA, the annual Festival brings South Africans the chance to catch some of the world’s best animated films from countries such as France, Brazil,Australia, Ireland and South Africa.

In addition, the CTIAF hosts an exciting range of workshops with global industry leaders, providing a rare opportunity to engage with them and learn from their insights. This year’s topics include subjects such as character animation, scriptwriting and producing.

The CTIAF is made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors Wesgro; Animation SA; the National Film and Video Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa.

The 2016 progamme includes the African premiere of Stick Man by MagicLight Pictures and Triggerfish Studios. Stick Man is adapted from the book by writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Childfame, the animated films of which MagicLight were nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA.
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There will also be screenings of Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea, directed by two-time Oscar nominee Tomm Moore,and The Boy and the World, directed by AlêAbreu.The Boy and the Worldwon theCristal Award for Best Feature Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the Grand Prix for feature film at the 2015Animafest Zagreb.

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their Stick Children three. But it’s dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree? Don’t miss this African premiere.

Nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year category,Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea butbecome humans on land.Directed by Tomm Moore, whose film The Secret of Kells was also nominated for an Oscar.  Variety called Song of the Sea “Dazzling! A marvel to behold!.
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Oscar nominated Song of the Sea will be presented at the Cape Town International Animation Festival.

Multiple award-winning The Boy and the World, tells the story of Cuca, who lives a life of quiet wonder, exploring all that the countryside has to offer, until his cozy life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. Entirely wordless, the narrative describes a clash between poor and rich, countryside and city, indigenous and imperial, handcrafted and mechanised – and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. Accompanying the stunning visuals is a rich soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop, creating the powerful visceral experience of a passage through life.

Festival Director Dianne Makings says, “The Festival’s programme is designed to inspire and build both the local industry and audiences, by exposing them to world class talent and content through screenings, talks, workshops and masterclasses.

“We are delighted to have confirmed the African premiere of Stick Man by Magic Light and South Africa’s very own Triggerfish Studios, as well as Oscar nominated Song of the Sea and multiple award-winner, The Boy and the World.

“We also have an incredible line up of workshops, catering for a range of interests,” adds Makings.

A highlight is the workshop with world-famous Laika’sproducer,Mark Shapiro, who has worked on films such as Coraline, Paranormanand The Corpse Bride. Christine Ponzavera will discuss different strategies to pitch to European studios, and also how co-productions work.

Technical talks and demonstrations will all be hosted by ToonBoom, Chaos Group, The Foundry and Autodesk.

“It’s a coup to have secured Nedy Acet,who is a 3D animator at Dreamworks studio, producers of hits such as Kung Fu Pandaand How To Train Your Dragon.He will present an artistic workshop about character design. We are grateful to the French Institute of South Africa, who have enabled Nedy and Christine to be with us.”

“We will also bepartnering with Friends of Design to offer a series of Gaming Workshops, and once again with the innovative team from Pop the Culture, who will run various seminars.”

To ensure that festival goers don’t miss what’s happening at the office while they are attending the Festival, Media Cloud will be providing internet access for all attendees. This will also allow Q&Asessions with overseas directors such as Tomm Moore and Adam Elliot to be remotely accessible.

Oscar winning Elliot will be presenting his latest short film Ernie Biscuit.
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Ernie Biscuit will be presented at the Cape Town International Animation Festival

In addition, the Festival will host a student awards initiative, with incredible prizes; a children’s programme; a competition for the Festival trailer; outreach programmes and B2B sessions.

The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 18 to 21 February 2016. All screenings and workshops take place at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

For further information visit www.ctiaf.com  or join them on Facebook www.facebook.com/CTInternationalAnimationFest