The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) brings their first ever hybrid edition this year. The ninth edition of the event taking place from 1-3 October will run online and in-person with limited seats at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.
The organisers are taking special steps for the safety protocols for the upcoming festival. CTIAF festival director Dianne Makings, with one of the largest dedicated African Animation Festivals, is looking forward to reaching out and creating a platform with their international collaborators.
The host of events include talks, screenings, workshops, producer meetings and business-to-business sessions.There will be in-depth discussions on screenplay, editing, after effects and navigating various software.
The incredible lineup of speakers include Nathan Stanton of Cars 2 fame and Anna Berthold of Motion Picture Literary department at United Talent Agency.
Stanton, who has many storyboarding experiences, began his career at Pixar as a story artist for the feature film, A Bug’s Life and has worked on many of the studio’s successes since then. He served as the head of story on Cars 2.
Warner Media Kids channel’s kids content director Ariane Suveg in France, Mounia Aram with 18 years experience in Animation industry, Myriad Pictures & Photon Films’ VP for business affairs Brian Nitzkin, motion graphics artist Kia Simon and visual artist Loyiso Mkize are among an array of industry experts gracing the event.
French film Le Petit Vampire directed by Joann Sfar will be screened on the first day. It is an animated film about a little vampire who secretly sneaks out of the manor along with his trusted bulldog, Phantomato, on a quest to find some new friends.
Also, Comic Con Cape Town will be hosting a series of pop culture pop-up activities at different locations around the city for one day on 2 October 2021. As the traditional Comic Con has not been possible due to pandemic, they have come up with the pop-up event.
Fans can look forward to exploring exciting pop-up activities like Cosplay competitions for professionals, casuals and kids, the extremely popular Comic Art drink & draw and sketch-off competitions, pop culture quiz sessions, fandom meetups across the city, gaming and tabletop competitions and film watch parties to mention a few.
CTIAF is conducting a student animation competition to celebrate and encourage creativity.