Netflix and CTIAF collaborate
Netflix and Cape Town International Animation Festival collaborate to strengthen investment in African Animation Storytelling.
28 September 2021: The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) and Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment streaming service, have announced their collaboration to identify new talent in Africa’s animation industry. Proudly presented by Animation SA, the 9th CTIAF will take place from 1 – 3 October both virtually and in-person at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.
As part of CTIAF’s virtual programme, Netflix will participate in the Women Transforming Animation Showcase featuring Camille Leganza, an Artistic Recruiter at Netflix who has extensive past experience working in production at studios like DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Pixar, Cartoon Saloon and Microsoft and Helen Marie Saric, Line Producer at Netflix who has spent the last two decades working for various animation studios including Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks, and Paramount. Her credits include The Croods, Home and Futurama. She is currently working at Netflix Animation Studios on the project Steps. Also on the panel is Tendayi Nyeke, a development executive for the International-Emmy Award Winning animation firm, Triggerfish Animation Studios which is also the studio behind Netflix’s first African Animation series, Tendayi’s producing work has been nominated for South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) in multiple genres.
Netflix will also present online lounges for portfolio reviews, local animators and other creatives who will have the opportunity to engage directly with talent recruiters from Netflix.
“We’re excited about joining the Cape Town International Animation Film Festival as part of our ongoing efforts to create a stronger connection with Africa’s creative industries.,” says – Rosalind Murphy, Media and Events Strategist, Outreach & Engagement at Netflix. “We’re especially looking forward to participating in the festival’s virtual programme and meeting South Africa’s incredibly talented animation artists.”
“We are proud and honoured to announce this new association with Netflix and look forward to hosting their team members as part of our online programme,” says Dianne Makings, Festival Director of CTIAF. “Their online portfolio review lounges are an incredible and rare opportunity for animators to engage directly with representatives from Netflix, and have their African stories connected to a global stage.”
With the objective of providing sustained platforms for nurturing long-term associations, the partnership between Netflix and CTIAF will extend beyond the hybrid Festival in October. In November, CTIAF will focus on featuring news from Netflix and further opportunities for engagement.
Join the festival conversation on #CTIAF2021.
– Follow Netflix on social media: @NetflixSA
– Follow the CTIAF on social media:
● Twitter @CTanimationfest
NOTES TO EDITORS
Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 209 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
CTIAF is the largest dedicated African animation festival on the continent. With a hybrid programme of talks, workshops, screenings, producer meetings, business-to-business sessions and more, CTIAF provides an opportunity to engage with global industry leaders, shine a spotlight on African talent and create a platform for connections and sharing of knowledge between local animators and their international counterparts.
Key Points on Background:
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL Now in its ninth year, the CTIAF has enjoyed great successes in its goal of creating a platform for the art and business of South African animation.
The most recent successes have included:
● A special screening of CTIAF curated short films representing South African animation were screened at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2020
● Post 2019’s event and as a result of discussions at the Festival, both Peter Ramsey and Aron Warner are working with South African studios
CTIAF and the Comic Con Cape Town Pop-up will be compliant with all government and Covid-19 regulations for their in-person events, as the health and safety of fans and participants remain of paramount importance.
The CTIAF is proudly presented by Animation SA and is made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors the Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Cape Town, Wacom, Wesgro, Film Cape Town, the French Institute of South Africa, Cardiff Animation Festival, Modena Media and Entertainment, the Gauteng Film Commission, Autodesk, Lenovo, The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH and Tshimologong.
Visit www.ctiaf.com for the full programme details. The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 1 to 3 October online and in-person at Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town 7915. Parking is available at the College opposite the Old Biscuit Mill.
The range of full three-day Festival passes are: (All events require a ticket for access and seats are based on a first-come first-serve basis. A Festival ticket includes access to Comic Con Cape Town events)
● PROFESSIONAL PASS – R900.00 – access to all talks, workshops, films and meetings in person and online. Ideally suited for the animation professional
● VIRTUAL PASS – R750.00 – virtual access to all talks, films and meetings from the comfort of your lounge (does not include access to workshops)
● GENERAL PASS – R600.00 – access to the talks and films
● STUDENT PASS – R350.00 – access to talks and films – as a student we’re saving you money while you chill and learn!
Bookings can be made at Howler.
Animation South Africa is a non-profit industry association which represents the interests of animation professionals by:
▪ Creating new business opportunities by identifying and coordinating export missions to key markets
▪ Conducting and participating in global market research.
▪ Creating knowledge-sharing opportunities to upskill our animation professionals
▪ Consulting with government in an effort to inform a regulatory environment in which the animation industry can thrive.
For Netflix press enquiries:
Netflix Communications: Sub-Saharan Africa