Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Star-studded line up for 2019 Cape Town International Animation Festival


7 February, 2019 - 08:07

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the star-studded programme has been announced for the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), which takes place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

The CTIAF has become renowned for presenting world-class content, from animated films to insightful workshops and masterclasses as well asproviding a unique platform to engage with global industry leaders. The Festival also hosts business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions, a family programme and an outreach initiative.

The star studded line up of speakers includes Academy Award-winning producer Aron Warner and Academy Award-nominated director, Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).

Warner is a writer and Academy Award-winning producer of the animated blockbusters Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After. He also produced the critically-acclaimed animated feature The Book of Life. Currently, Warner is developing a number of projects with Sony Pictures Animation. He previously held the post of vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox, where he supervised production on such films as Independence Day, The Ice Storm, The Crucible, Alien: Resurrection, Volcano and the number two blockbuster of all time, Titanic.

Ramsey is the Academy Award-nominated director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was released in December 2018 by Sony Pictures Animation and was announced as the winner of the Golden Globe(r) for Best Animated Feature Film in January this year. Additionally, the film has taken home the following awards for Best Animated Film: the Critics Choice, the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Producers Guild of America and the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

Peter Ramsey began his career as a storyboard artist on a notable number of live action feature films, including Bram Stokers Dracula, Boyz n the Hood, Minority Report, Being John Malkovich, Fight Club, and Ang Lees Hulk, among many others. He served as second unit director on live action feature films including Tank Girl and Godzilla.

Making a transition to the world of feature animation, he joined Dreamworks Animation as a story artist on Shrek 3, and head of story on Monsters vs. Aliens. He went on to direct the Monsters vs. Aliens TV special Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space! after which Ramsey directed the 2012 feature film Rise of the Guardians, starring Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law and Hugh Jackman.

Other exciting international speakers include Autodesks John Paul Giancarlo who has been working in the TV and Film industry for more than fifteen years. He was instrumental in integrating Maya in Brownbags Pipeline and has worked on Emmy awarded TV show DocMcStuffins currently on Disney Jr, Octonauts on CBeebies, Peter Rabbit on Nick Jr, among others.

Also catch Tomoya Imai, production designer of Mary and the Witchs Flower who will share his tips and tricks on the traditional painting on paper style of animation creation.

Joining the speaker line up are David Prescott of Skydance Animation who has more than twenty years experience in live action visual effects and animation for feature films and commercial production,as well as Archita Ghosh, Executive Producer at Montreal indie animation studio e.d. films whose talk includes discussing trends in the Canadian animation industry.

Therell be a unique opportunity to learn from teachers at the prestigious Gobelins School of Animation who will be presenting masterclasses and panel discussions at CTIAF.

South African illustrator and animator Marc Moynihan is this years theme artist. His work is unique in style and he has always had a passion for drawn animation and picture books.

Furio Tedeschi is a concept artist, freelancing at Paramount Pictures where projects have included Transformers: The Last Knight and BumbleBee Movie.

Get More Film Business South Africa

Select your Membership

Other exciting speakers to look out for include Tasania Parsadh, Vanessa Sinden, Ree Treweek, Isaac Mogajane, Caroline Vos, Lesego Vorster, Somtochukwu Ajuluchukwu and many more.

Acclaimed films to be presented include a series of African premieres such as Mamoru Hosodas Golden Globe nominated Mirai as well as Makoto Shinkais romantic fantasy drama Your Name.

Hot off its debut on BBC One on Christmas Day, in a special screening the CTIAF presents Magic Light PicturesZog, directed by Academy Award nominated director Max Lang and adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The packed programme again includes our pitching competition for Annecy, with the winning pitch taking the invaluable prize of being presented at Annecy as part of the NFVF South African delegation, says Festival Director Dianne Makings. Dont miss the Live Drawing sessions with Wacom!, the popular annual Cosplay Masquerade, the Student Awards announcement ceremony, stop motion workshops, the Artists Alley and our outdoor cinema experiences.

Last year we saw a record number of visitors and sixty local and international speakers at the Festival and we are proud to have positioned CTIAF as a leading market place for the fast-growing African industry, while giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy the worlds best animated films, which would otherwise not be accessible to them. I urge people who want to attend to note we have moved to the second weekend in March, running from 8 to 10 March. Seats at events are reserved on a first-come, first serve basis and tickets are required to access all events except the stop-motion and Zoetrope workshops held at the Clubhouse.

Following the incredible success of the past two years of the CTIAF Outreach Programme
See more stories from filmcontact

Africa Stories


SA stars Trevor Noah and Charlize Theron will present at Oscars 2019

22 February, 2019 - 08:03 South Africas Trevor Noah and Charlize Theron will be on the Oscars stage very early Monday morning South African time for the 91s...


Nedbank Cup: Chiefs drawn against Cape Town City in quarterfinal

The Nedbank Cup threw what promises to be another titanic clash, with Kaizer Chiefs drawn against Cape Town City. The draw for the prestigious competition took...


Manchester United v Liverpool: This is the biggest and best game to be involved in

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw says that caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Sols...


Watch: Latest Skeem Saam episode for Thursday, 21 February [video]

On tonight's episode: Tensions mount between Lelo and Lehasa as they continue to outwit each other. The tables begin to turn as Alfred garners sympathy from...


Watch: Uzalo latest episode, Thursday 21 February 2019 [video]

In today's episode of Uzalo: MaNgcobo is forced to tread carefully with her business with Njeza. Lilly makes her presence known at the police station. Njeza...


Annelisa Weiland aka Hilda from 7de Laan just turned 70

Everyone's favourite spinnekopvroutjie, known for her inventive food combinations and generally being lovely, hit the big seventy this week. Actor Annelisa...


Gavin Hood on his new film Official Secrets

21 February, 2019 - 08:02 This business is brutal, Gavin Hood admits frankly. Were speaking the day before the world premiere of his latest movie, Official ...


Lotto and Lotto Plus results for Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Are you ready for the Lotto and Lotto Plus draw on Wednesday, 20 February? It's yet another chance to find out whether or not you're South Africa's ...


Orlando Pirates coach Sredojevic rues another setback'

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Micho' Sredojevic felt that he had a game-plan in place to put Supersport United to the sword in Nelspruit on Wednesday night...


Champions League: UCL results, 20 February

*All times SAST. UCL fixtures and results, 20 February Atletico Madrid 2-0 Juventus Juventus have plenty of work to do to get back into their last sixteen ti...


Watch: Latest Skeem Saam episode for Wednesday, 20 February [video]

On tonight's episode: Lehasa says the unthinkable to Lelo, leaving her in tears. Koloi leaves Noah between a rock and a hard place regarding his latest crim...


Watch: Uzalo latest episode, Wednesday 20 February 2019 [video]

In today's episode of Uzalo: An unlikely friendship is being formed between Qhabanga and Sibonelo and Gabisile is loving it. If you missed Tuesday's ep...


Triggerfish sponsors three more bursaries to The Animation School

20 February, 2019 - 08:02 Sibusiso Ngubelanga, 26, first applied to study at The Animation School in 2014 but couldnt afford the tuition. The Khayelitsha re...


Powerball and Powerball Plus results for Tuesday, 19 February 2019

It's Tuesday night and that can only mean one thing; cash dollar bills (not really) are ready to be won in the Powerball draw. Powerball and Powerball Plus...


Only art will unite us,' says Dr John Kani at kykNET Fistas 2019

At the kykNET Fi stas on Thursday, 14 February 2019, Dr Kani addressed the audience and said he grew up in a small township outside Port Elizabeth, with a desi...


Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 20 February 2019

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forec...


Watch: Latest Skeem Saam episode for Tuesday, 19 February [video]

On tonight's episode: Noah's joy is short lived when Koloi bursts his bubble about his poetry. Lehasa and Lelo find themselves at loggerheads again. Kwa...


Watch: Uzalo latest episode, Tuesday 19 February 2019 [video]

In today's episode of Uzalo: Mrs Madlala puts her name forward to be the new youth leader. If you missed Monday's episode, watch it here. Uzalo: Late...


South African Showmax Original series most nominated comedy at the SAFTAs

The 2019 SAFTAs nominations were announced last week and Showmax's Tali's Wedding Diary, which premiered back in December 2017 has been recognized in a ...


A spooky lineup awaits you on kykNET in April [photos]

The pilot launches on Tuesday 9 April at 20:00 on DStv Channel 144 and features two fearless detectives from the Spreeus Investigating Unit, Bas Koorts and Beat...


The NFVF brings you the 2nd edition of The Road to Annecy pitching session at CTIAF



Sign up for a screenwriting crash course today

19 February, 2019 - 08:03 Writing scripts isnt easy. But the good news is that many of the challenges are technical and technical skills can be learnt. All ...


Three suspected hijackers shot dead during a police chase in Gauteng

A group of hijackers who were on the police's radar met a gruesome end on Monday afternoon, after their bid to escape the authorities was brought to a fatal...


Here's what R1m of dagga looks like: Hawks bust two dopes in huge sting [photos]

Okay, so we know that the legislation regarding dagga is a little up in the air...


Watch: Generations The Legacy latest episode Monday, 18 February [video]

Tonight on Generations The Legacy: Tshidi isn't about to let her own flesh and blood pull a fast one on her. Lesedi offers up her time and energy only to be...


Watch: Latest Skeem Saam episode for Monday, 18 February [video]

On tonight's episode: Lehasa has numerous rude surprises in store for Lelo. The learners perform their poems in front of the teachers and are all too keen f...


Watch: Uzalo latest episode, Monday 18 February 2019 [video]

In today's episode of Uzalo: The church is facing financial troubles but they are not about to give up. Sibonelo feels he should honour the promise he made ...


Streaming, diversity drive 'epic' African stories: Ejiofor

18 February, 2019 - 07:44 British-Nigerian actor-director Chiwetel Ejiofor said the rise of streaming platforms and a growing appetite for new voices in mov...


Nedbank Cup: Middendorp says Kaizer Chiefs can only blame themselves

The scoreline flattered Kaizer Chiefs after their 0-3 win over The Magic FC in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday. Struggling for the second straight cup match, Chiefs...


PSL: Fixtures, kick-off times, results and latest log 19-20 February

The upcoming midweek PSL fixtures could see some crucial movement near the top of the log, as all four teams involved are still within a fair shot of the title ...


Lotto and Lotto Plus results for Saturday, 16 February 2019

Are you ready for the Lotto and Lotto Plus draw on Saturday, 16 February? It's yet another chance to find out whether or not you're South Africa's l...


Kaizer Chiefs news: Solinas wanted to sign out-of-favour Bucs defender

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach, Giovanni Solinas had his sights set on out-of-favour Orlando Pirates defender, Justice Chabalala, Goal reports. The Italian was rel...


WWE Elimination Chamber 2019: 5 Best Chamber Matches

This Sunday sees the Elimination Chamber PPV take place from Houston, Texas. While it feels like the annual PPV happens at the beginning of each year, it may su...


Multichoice takes the lead with 149 SAFTA nominations [videos]

The broadcaster can boast with the most nominated shows in all major categories, including feature film, TV comedy, TV Drama, soap and telenovela. Yolisa Phah...


New movies at the cinema this week Friday, 15 February

Yes, we know the weather is wreaking havoc this week, but you can't stay bundled up indoors whole weekend either? Catch a movie instead. Show load sheddin...


Powerball and Powerball Plus results Friday, 15 February 2019

It's Friday night and that can only mean one thing; cash dollar bills (not really) are ready to be won in the Powerball draw. Powerball and Powerball Plus ...


Property: Is it better to buy or rent?

When it comes to the question of whether one should buy or rent property, many factors come to mind. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. T...


How to make the best of your guest room

Preparing for and hosting house guests can be a very enjoyable experience. There's something satisfying about helping your visitors feel especially welcome ...


Watch: Generations The Legacy latest episode Friday, 15 February [video]

Tonight on Generations The Legacy: Zondiwe wants revenge for the money she lost out on. Sphe realises her nightmare might be far from over. Cosmo and Mrekza are...


Watch: Latest Skeem Saam episode for Friday, 15 February [video]

On tonight's episode: Bushang unwittingly sabotages Alfred. Lehasa is horrified by what he finds out about Lelo. More burden is added on top of Kwaito's...


Watch: Uzalo latest episode, Friday 15 February 2019 [video]

In today's episode of Uzalo: The church holds a thanksgiving service for Sibonelo and Qhabanga welcomes Sibonelo. Is Qhabanga sincere when he prays for Sibo...


Sunday movie: Father Figures - what you need to know

Don't let the weather get you down this week. Instead, make some popcorn - go all out and make a blanket fort too, you know you want to - and settle in with...


RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4: Episode 9 Rucap [video]

Naomi Smalls gagged RuPaul's Drag Race fans the world over when she eliminated Manila Luzon after claiming the Lip Sync for Your Legacy at the end of episod...


Debut Showmax Original is the most nominated comedy at the SAFTAs

15 February, 2019 - 08:01 The 2019 nominations for The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) were announced late last week, and for the first ti...


EA takes Anthem to big screen with Neill Blomkamp

15 February, 2019 - 08:03 Electronic Arts and Neill Blomkamp, the Academy Award-nominated South African director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie have re...


Netflorist wilted on Valentine's Day and the Twitter reactions will make your daisy

Oh, what a Valentine's day. So from what we could gather, Netflorist is not ...


Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 15 February 2019

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forec...


Watch: Generations The Legacy latest episode Thursday, 14 February [video]

Tonight on Generations The Legacy: Zitha believes she has found a solution to her emotional issues. Lucy isn't happy when Patricia gets the answer she wante...


Watch: Latest Skeem Saam episode for Thursday, 14 February [video]

On tonight's episode: Alfred comes to a painful resolve regarding the future of his employment status. Someone is alone on Valentine's Day when her love...


Watch: Uzalo latest episode, Thursday 14 February 2019 [video]

In today's episode of Uzalo: Nkunzi sends his boys to go retrieve his car which was impounded by Mondli from the police impound, MaNgcobo also sends Njeza t...