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2nd edition of "Kunjanimation" cinema festival to open on 0ctober, 17th in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Last year saw the launch of an innovative, daring project: Kunjanimation, a French-South African cinema festival entirely dedicated to animation. Animation cinema being a vibrant industry in both France and South Africa, the idea was to address the two key aspects of this fast-growing sector: the artistic creation and the financial development. After a successful first edition, Kunjanimation - a word that derives from the Zulu greeting, "kunjani", combined with "animation" - comes back this year as part of the France–South Africa Season 2012 & 2013, with enhanced ambitions. A large selection of screenings will be open to the general public, both in Cape Town and Johannesburg, while the festival will seek to be a more goal-directed platform for professional business.

To develop a promising sector

An important new focus for Kunjanimation 2012 will be professional education and skill-sharing. To this end, the festival will program an impressive array of workshops, talks, and presentations, featuring leading South African studios such as Black Ginger, Triggerfish, Imaginari and Strikas Entertainment. Most excitingly, Kunjanimation 2012 will also be offering a series of master classes on character animation, to be led by Dreamworks animator Alexandre Heboyan and facilitated by world-renowned French animation college Les Gobelins l'Ecole de l'Image, of which Heboyan himself is an alumnus. This is a first for South Africa, and a coup for the young festival. “Gobelins graduates are regularly snapped up by the world's best studios, including Disney and Pixar,” says organiser Daniel Snaddon. “We are thrilled to welcome their expertise to this forum.”

On the business side, Kunjanimation 2012 wishes this year again to offer a platform for networking and collaboration between African and European animation professionals. The festival board has been closely collaborating with France's most prestigious annual industry event, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and its market MIFA, which have been associated with Kunjanimation since its first edition. “Annecy has done much towards forging closer ties between our industries,” says Canda Kincses, Cape Town Chairperson for Animation SA. “This is certainly the season for sharing between France and South Africa, and we are sure there is much that our young industry can learn from the great French tradition.”

An exceptional program

For its second edition (mainly) in Cape Town but also in Johannesburg, Kunjanimation will invite the general public to take part in a celebration of the art of animation, with screenings of an incredible diversity of animated movies and short films at the V&A Waterfront's Cinema Nouveau. From the 11th October, the public is also invited to visit the Alliance française in Loop Street to view an exhibition of animation production artwork.  At the festival's official opening night on the 17th, a select audience will attend the Cape Town première of the award-winning South African feature, “Adventures in Zambezia”.

Gautengers who are unable to make it to Cape Town may wish to attend the “mini festival” taking place in Johannesburg on 26 and 27 October. On these evenings, screenings of short South African and French Films and two feature films “Le Tableau” and “L’Ile de Black Mor” will be held at the Alliance française of Johannesburg (17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview).

Schedules in Cape Town

Festival proceedings will open on the 11th of October, with a press conference to be held at Cape Town's Alliance française in Loop Street. The festival proper will run from the 17th to the 21st October - The workshops and talks will take place at the Pavilion Conference Centre at the V&A Waterfront, and the Animation School in Woodstock from the 18th of October - Younger and aspiring animation professionals may wish to attend the 'portfolio review cocktail evening' to be held at Touchvision on Friday the 19th of October; a golden opportunity to have their work reviewed by studios and industry veterans.

For a full schedule, please visit www.kunjanimation.org. To register, or for more information, please send an email to “ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Schedules in Johannesburg

Friday 26 October, 7.30pm - Alliance française of Johannesburg: Screening of a selection of best Short films from the Annecy film festival 2012 & a selection of South African short films followed by a screening of the film "The Painting" by J.F. Laguionie - Free entrance - Booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm - Alliance française of Johannesburg: Screening of a selection of best Short films from the Annecy film festival 2012 & a selection of South African short films followed by a screening of the film "Black Mor's treasure" by by J.F. Laguionie - Free entrance - Booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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