african animation

currently researching african animation : interested in compiling a database of practitioners in various sub-saharan countries : welcome any postings from practitioners

Monday, October 24, 2016

AFRICA IN MOTION 2016.... Great Festival - Great Line-up!

AFRICA IN MOTION 28 October - 6 November

This year Africa in Motion (AIM) has a fantastic line up of films and animation from the continent. In the past the festival has had animation programs that included a range of work for children and adult audiences, alongside the opportunity to get stuck in with workshops where you could be making you own animations with different African artists. The festival runs in Scotland and is by far a go-to festival for anyone interested in African film and animation. This year amongst its other films, it will include animations such as 

 - Khumba; Anthony Silverston | South Africa | 2013 | 1h25m | U

 - Yellow Fever; Ng'endo Mukii| UK 2012 | 7m | Animation | PG

 - Early Autumn; Jac Hamman | South Africa 2014 | 2m | Afrikaans with English subtitles | Animation | 15

 - An Ordinary Blue Monday; Naomi van Niekerk | South Africa 2014 | 3m | Afrikaans with English subtitles | Animation | PG

 - The Migrant Business; Ng'endo Mukii | Kenya 2015 | 6m | 15

 - Zarafa; Remi Bezancon and Jean-Christophe Lie | France 2015 | 1h20m | Animation | U


Friday, September 23, 2016

Girl Power in Ethiopian animation - Tibeb Girls

 A new animation series is about to be released from the makers of the very popular, award winning, educational children's series Tsehai loves learning at TheWhizzKidsWorkshop in Ethiopia. 

The Tibeb Girls are Ethiopia's very own PowerPuff girls - in green Fikir (meaning love), in black Tigist (meaning patience) and in red Fiteh (meaning Justice), the three girls set out to save the day. 

As outlined in their social networking page, 

The Tibeb program will help provide a social behavioral change communication package & health care services for adolescents, helping them to learn about the changes that happen at their age and to explore their world in a healthy way.
The program is comprised of the Tibeb Girls series, the Tibeb school clubs and making health services available for adolescents and women.
Tibeb Girls’ series will be a 2d Animation Series about three African adolescent super heroines taking the audience on a fun, imaginative and educational journey as they thrive to understand the changes that are happening to them and the struggles girls face everyday. To enhance the reach of this program to the most remote and rural areas it will be adapted to radio and comic books.
Tibeb school clubs will have engaging and interactive guides to provide information about the different reproductive health issues adolescents face. 

One of the directors, Bruktawit Tigabu, explains the need for these super heroines as her team make another great contribution to the landscape of African animation.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Comic Book Artist: Salim Busuru

Recently stumbled across Salim Busuru's comics via a recommendation from Kenyan animator Alfred Muchilwa. These characters look like they could populate an animation...

You can view the portfolio of his work at:

Madagascar animation at Annecy

Although little is known about animation from Madagascar, in 2015 Annecy showcased the cut-out animation L’Oranger d’Itrimobe by Sitraka Randriamahaly. A quick search for Randriamahaly suggests that there are other practitioners and artists in animation.

The Musee Dapper's showcase of Madagascar films (Friday 24th June, 2016)  lists two animations:

• Le Soleil se lève...puis se couche, de Jiva Eric Razafindralambo, animation, 8 min, 2005
Dès l'aube, un homme, accompagné de son zébu, reprend le travail commencé le jour d'avant.

• Iny Hondo izy Ravorona (La berceuse), de Sitraka Randiamahaly, animation, 10 min, 2012
Un enfant naît dans un petit village au coeur de la forêt. Il pleure, rit, joue et grandit. Mais, un jour, il tombe malade. Prix Dan-Faso du meilleur film africain d'animation, Fespaco 2013

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Comi(K)ment Issues: Kenyan Comics

Recently setup Comi(K)ment Issues is a group of Kenyan comic book artists and writers including Just a Band's own Daniel Muli. Keep an eye out for their instagram page. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cape Town International Animation Festival : 18th - 21st Feb

Formerly known as 'Kunjanimation' this year the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) will run from 18th - 21st February 2016.

The festival includes a wide range of speakers, including talks and masterclasses with professionals from Dreamworks, LAIKA, and South Africa's own Trigger Fish.

Cited as the festival that will act as a 'gateway to the continent', this festival is definitely worth keeping an eye on!

Read more about the event on Variety

And for some more fun the Animation SA Showreel 2015

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Editions de L'Oeil: DVDs and Books on African Animation

A great resource for anyone interested in African animation, the French publishers Editions de L'Oeil offer a good range of books and DVDs for purchase.

Samba Le Grand (1977)

What a great YouTube find... Moustapha Alassane's Samba le Grand (1977)

You can view more of Moustapha Alassane's films on the DVD Collection

Moustapha Alassane - 4 Films Collection ( Bon voyage, Sim / Le retour d'un aventurier / Samba le grand / Kokoa ) ( Bon Voyage, Sim / The Return of an Adv [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - France ]

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

WAGE 2015, Gaming in Lagos Nigeria

On the 29th - 31st October, the West African Gaming Expo (WAGE) hosted a number of different players in and around the gaming industry and related educational fields at Pinefield School in Lekki, Lagos.

Spread across two days, the event included specialised lectures and presentations given around the technology, and the specific hurdles and obstacles that are faced with this regional context. Some presentations included a focus upon local content such as Geniigames - and their educational games that promotes local language and culture, and representative Zuibar Abubakar from Chopup games on wider perspectives on game development. 

With game developers as young as 10 years old, the Centre4Tech showcased the outcomes from their summer camps that run with young children and adolescents interested in this field. Their attendance also included presentations on gaming and the projects that their organisation offers. 

The event also included showcasing different hardware, including the OculusRift and Google VR set Cardboard.

And there was also room for fun where delegates and attendees played their favourite games.

One other great find at the event was making the acquaintance of Tolu from the Podcast Channel, Tao of Otaku, where you can find regular podcasts of '
African perspectives on comics, video games, tv shows, anime and all things geeky'.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Well Done Ebele Okoye!

The Legacy of Rubiesby Ebele Okoye wins best Animation Film in the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Interview with the winner of the best animation film category, The Legacy of Rubies !
Posted by African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on Saturday, 26 September 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Adamu Waziri on Local Content and Ownership

In a recent uploaded video on Facebook, Adamu Waziri shares his views on local content production and audiences in Africa. Waziri discusses the need for African animators to strategise the production and distribution of local content. In his own words...

If we want to see more Black African cartoons we have to do the hard work that companies like Disney, Cartoon Network etc. have already done. Instead of only spending energy asking those companies to create more 'diverse' content we should spend MUCH more time & energy creating, owning and supporting the content we say we want to see ourselves. Let Disney and the rest do what they have to do and we have to step up our game. 

This is not some new amazing idea that no one has thought of. The hard part is, changing mindsets, putting in the hard work and systems to make it a reality. What do you think?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

TriggerFish invests $3.5 Million looking for new African talent

As shared by South African Kevin Kreidemann
CAPE TOWN - After the international success of its first two feature films, Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing The Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company. 
Triggerfish will be investing up to $3.5m over the next three years in The Story Lab, which aims to give Africa’s most talented storytellers and filmmakers the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s international network of mentors. Selected storytellers will potentially have their concepts developed into episodic TV content or an animated feature film for the global market.
Triggerfish is conducting a continent-wide search for storytellers. These storytellers will be carefully selected, based not only on the creative and commercial merits of their concept, but also on their track record. 
The entries will be evaluated by a high-profile panel of both local and international experts, including British director and co-founder of Aardman Peter Lord (Chicken RunThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists), Hollywood writer Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King) and script consultant Karl Iglesias (Writing For Emotional Impact), and a panel of development executives from The Walt Disney Company, as well as South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

Shortlisted storytellers will take part in workshops with leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter

The selected Story Lab participants will also receive two weeks of mentoring with key studio and television executives at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California.

“We are ready to bring a fresh voice to the world,” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish. “We believe there is extraordinary talent inAfrica and the Story Lab is the perfect way to partner with them.”

“We are excited to be supporting Triggerfish on this innovative project,” says Christine Service, senior vice president and country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We believe the Story Lab provides a unique opportunity to discover this continent’s next generation of storytellers.”

“The dti is committed to developing a pool of creative talent that can produce international quality animation production scripts,” says Nelly Molokoane from the dti’s Film and TV Incentives Unit, adding that the department is honoured to support projects that will contribute to job creation.

“The Story Lab will be a great catalyst for African creativity on the global stage,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “We look forward to opening up the Triggerfish production platform and our networks to the continent’s top creative talent."

The development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor. 

Animation has proven to be a successful medium for South African films to travel internationally, with Triggerfish’s films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba being distributed in over 150 countries and dubbed into over 27 languages. 
Applications are welcome from all writing and creative disciplines, not just experienced film and TV screenwriters. Applicants must be over 21 and either Africancitizens or permanent residents. Entries must be in English. Entries close 31 August 2015.

Full guidelines and an online application form are available at  

Watch and embed the promo:

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Money Tree, Sierra Leone/ Australia

Hawanatu Bangura is an artist from Sierra Leone, living in Australia. Her short animated film was screened at the Australian African Film Festival in 2012, and the Legacy Film Festival in Brighton, UK.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Adamu Waziri talks to SMART MONKEY TV

Animation director and producer Adamu Waziri  based in Abuja, Nigeria talks to SMART MONKEY TV about their new Bino and Fino episodes and projects that are on the way, including crowdfunding, merchandising, and the transnational audiences across the world.

You can check out his company website on EVCL

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sporedust TV - A platform for African Animation and Cartoons

Sporedust Media are the Nigerian studio responsible for animated short Chicken Core released online in 2012 but also responsible for the animation and cartooning platform SporeDust TV where you can watch a small selection of African animations and read about cartooning. Their early story was covered on Cartoonbrew and they have since added to their portfolio a platform for African content. Let's hope that they continue growing.