AAN announce the Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde TOP 6 of DISCOP Abidjan!

15 June 2017

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After a tense round of competition, 9 of the top African animation projects in development went head-to-head at DISCOP Abidjan in the first semi-final of the inaugural Pan-African Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde. The panel of industry expert judges which included; Frederic Chambon (Producer of Digital Lab Africa and Regional Head of Media & Film at the French Embassy in South Africa), Rene Denis (Audiovisual Attaché for Eastern Africa), Serge Noukoue (Business Development Manager, Côte Ouest) and Nick Wilson (Project Manager, African Animation Network), selected the 6 projects which will be jetting off to DISCOP Johannesburg (25 - 27 October, 2017) to compete in the Grand Finale.

These 6 finalists, in no apparent order, are:

Francis Yushau Brown pitching "Tutu" (Ghana)

Brukty Tigabu pitching "Tibeb Girls" (Ethiopia)

Ingrid Agbo pitching "L'arbre à Palimpseste" (Togo)

Boris Kpadenou pitching "Petit Tresor" (Togo)

Comfort Arthur pitching "The Misfits" (Ghana)

Kimson Osaghae pitching "Shade Mighty Maid" (Nigeria)

In the Grand Finale at DISCOP Johannesburg they will against the 6 projects selected from the semi-final at DISCOP Johannesburg. The top 2 projects from across Africa will then jet off to Annecy in 2018 to compete against other global emerging animation countries in the Animation du Monde MIFA Pitches final.

Geraldine Bache, Head of Projects at Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA, said; "The next months are promising and we are eager to know which projects will be invited to Annecy on the occasion of the next MIFA in 2018, hoping that the Animation du Monde workshops and pitching sessions can be a real springboard for them”.

Furthermore, Digital Lab Africa (DLA) will reward the best transmedia project overall (after the Grand Finale of the Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde at DISCOP Johannesburg and regardless of the winning transmedia project placing in the top 2) automatic entry into the DLA#2 pitch competition final at DISCOP Abidjan 2018.

Frederic Chambon: "The pitch session at DISCOP Abidjan confirmed the value of our partnership with ANN and we are looking forward to the Grand Finale at DISCOP Johannesburg and identifying the top animation transmedia project.”

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DISCOPRO 2015 Animation Pitching Competition winner, Nick Wilson, hosted the first masterclass of the Annecy - MIFA Animation du Monde - Skills Programme at DISCOP Abidjan prior to the semi-final. The masterclass entitled “The Art of Pitching Animation & Convincing” covered, what Wilson describes as, “the fundamentals of pitching animation”. He elaborated; “The concepts and art of all the projects were fantastic but, were at varying levels of development. Thus, this masterclass was aimed at upskilling everyone to a comparable level in terms of communicating their concepts effectively within the pitching format.”

The next phase of skills development for these 6 individuals will take the form of a masterclass earmarked for late September in Cote d’Ivoire.

Patrick Zuchowicki, General Manager of DISCOP Markets, concludes; “DISCOP Markets are becoming the go-to markets for animation professionals on the continent. We’re proud of the contestants and look forward to welcoming them to DISCOP Johannesburg for the Grand Finale”.

Source: Press Release