Leap forward for SA animation industry

13 July 2018


bellyflop 292The South African animation industry cemented its position as a key industry player when locally produced film Belly Flop was screened at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France.

This as Isaac Mogajane’s film Junk Pilots was awarded the Disney Channel Prize for a New Series award at the Mifa Pitches event, held in conjunction with the Annecy festival.

Officials from the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) were part of a sizeable delegation that represented the South African animation industry at the festival.

At the event, a stand with South African animation characters was hosted by Animation South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Arts and Culture, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and Wesgro, the tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape.

The NFVF officials used the occasion to showcase the local animation industry, and facilitated skills-transfer opportunities for the young filmmakers who made up the majority of the delegation.

Belly Flop, directed by Kelly Dillon and Jeremy Collins, was funded by the NFVF. Junk Pilots was among top animation projects in the first phase of development screened at the Mifa Pitches event. Read the full article on Fimcontact here.