This year’s edition offers the chance to catch some of the world’s best animations and choose from a range of exciting talks and workshops by industry leaders. Whether you’re in the industry, considering it as a career, or just a fan of animation, “there’s something on offer for everyone,” says festival director Diane Makings.
“The Festival aims to support artists’ careers by providing workshops and masterclasses from global leaders and local talent. The lectures from our international speakers will offer fantastic insight into the making of animation,” she adds.
The event also provides a rare opportunity to meet and network with global icons in the field. This year they include representatives from Nickelodeon and Japanese 3d anime studio Polygon Pictures.
“There’s also a chance for people who are interested to attend one or two of our free sessions or maybe watch a movie and get a sense of what’s out there. Animation is no longer just for kids!”
The festival film programme takes place at the Labia and under the stars on the lawn of the River Club, providing a unique opportunity to experience some of the best local and international animation films on the big screen. Highlights include Academy Award nominee, My Life as a Courgette, multiple-award winning Japanese animation, Miss Hokusai, and Red Turtle, co-produced by the much-revered Studio Ghibli.
For kids, Makings recommends the African premiere of Revolting Rhymes based on the Roald Dahl book and animated by Cape Townbased Triggerfish Animation Studios, as well as free digital workshops covering stop-motion and drawing for children aged 9 to 12.
Tickets cost between R100 for a day to R500 for the weekend, with discounts for students and some events taking place free of charge. Film screenings cost R25 – R40.
For more information see www.ctiaf.com