Animation Comes Under The Spotlight At Durban FilmMart 2021

Chales Houdart Chales Houdart

Animation and its increasing role in African films will come under the spotlight at the 12th edition of Durban FilmMart which takes place virtually from 16 to 25 July 2021.

Animation filmmaking continues to develop as its own category of filmmaking in Africa, with a rise in the number of projects that are geared towards global audiences. Africa's premier film event has recognised the importance of animation in this ever-growing medium of storytelling and its exponential growth on the continent. It is the first time that animation will be given a feature at a DFM.

Delegates attending this year's DFM will, through panel discussions, look at the work of filmmakers and organisations in Africa as they contribute to the growth of animation. In addition, delegates will discuss the challenges that animators face while looking at the opportunities and the future of animation storytelling.

Animation @ DFM includes:

Animation on the Continent: Connecting International Opportunities

This panel looks at the work of animation filmmakers and organisations in Africa as they continue to take huge strides in growing the creative economy on the continent.

Panellists include, Mary Glasser (Triggerfish Foundation), Mounia Aram (African Animation Network, Morroco), David Masanso (Crossroads Digital Multimedia Ltd),

Charles Houdart (Agence Française du Développement) and Ng'endo Mukii, (Ng'endo Studios).

Building community for Animators in SA

This panel will look at the development of animation film in South Africa highlighting the process from creation to development and reflecting on training and exhibition.

Panellists in this session comprise, Mary Glasser (Triggerfish Foundation), Nick Cloete (Animation South Africa), Deidre Jantjies (Na Aap Productions), Clare Louis (Katanimate Studios), Dianne Makings, (Cape Town International Animation Festival) and Lesego Vorster (Tshimologong Precinct)

Sketching African Animation Development Platforms

Key animation training organisations highlight the work and programmes they have initiated and also discuss challenges, opportunities and the future of animation storytelling.

Here the panellists are, Mary Glasser, (Triggerfish Foundation), Mukui Mbindyo (African Digital Media Group), Jesse Kang'eth, (Heva Fund),Tumelo Selamolela, (Digital Canvas Academy), Kabelo Maaka, (Cabblow Studios) and Colin Payne, (Triggerfish Academy).

The Durban FilmMart 2021 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality.

The DFM 2021 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, International Emerging Film Talent Association, Institut Francais – South Africa, Wesgro and Namibian Film Commission with the following programme partners - AfriDocs and Avek, Berlinale Talent, Cape Town International Animation Film Festival, Digital Lab Africa, Documentary Filmmakers Association, Documentary Association of Europe, DOK.fest München, DOK Leipzig, Dolby, Durban International Film Festival, FidaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam Cinemart, SASFED, South African Guild of Actors, Sørfond - Norwegian South Film Fund, SWIFT, Trace Studios, Writers Guild of South Africa.

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