Presented by Animation SA, the star-studded programme has been announced for the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), which is set to take place from 8 March to 10 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 as providing 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 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 Stoker’s Dracula’, ‘Boyz n the Hood’, ‘Minority Report’, ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Fight Club’, and Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’, among many others. He served as second unit director on live action feature films including ‘Tank Girl’ and ‘Godzilla’.
Other international speakers include Autodesk’s 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, and ‘Peter Rabbit’ on Nick Jr, among others.
Also catch Tomoya Imai, production designer of ‘Mary and the Witch’s 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.
There will 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 year’s theme artist. His work is unique in style and he has always had a passion for drawn animation and picture books.
Other exciting speakers to look out for include Tasania Parsadh, Vanessa Sinden, Ree Treweek, Isaac Mogajane, Caroline Vos, Lesego Vorster, Goddy Roodt, Somtochukwu Ajuluchukwu and many more.
Acclaimed films to be presented include a series of African premieres such as Mamoru Hosoda’s Golden Globe nominated ‘Mirai’, as well as Makoto Shinkai’s romantic fantasy drama ‘Your Name’.
Hot off its debut on BBC One on Christmas Day, in a special screening the CTIAF presents Magic Light Pictures ‘Zog’, directed by Academy Award nominated director Max Lang and adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Sessions to catch include the discussion of leading African Women in Animation talking about their latest projects, ‘Kung Fu Is Dead’, with Malcolm Wope exploring the power of social media to build an audience for your project and The Three Wells of Screenwriting with Matthew Kalil.
“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. “Don’t 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.”
* Visit www.ctiaf.com for the full programme details. The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from March 8 to 10 at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.
A full Festival pass (valid March 8 to 10) costs R600. A day pass costs R280 and student passes cost R300 (tickets include access to all events and masterclasses). Tickets to screenings at the Outdoor Cinema cost R50 and access to the stop motion and Zoetrope workshops are free.
Seats at all events are based on a first-come, first-serve basis. All events require a ticket for access, except the workshops at the clubhouse.
Bookings can be made at www.webtickets.co.za.