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Novembre Numérique in Johannesburg



In 2019, with his one-year partner Tshimologong Digital Precinct, the Audiovisual department of IFAS seizes the opportunity of the French Institute's international program "November Numérique" (Digital November) to create his "French Lab for Creative Industries". For this first year, a series of hackathons, meetings, masterclasses and workshops aimed at a semi-professional / professional public are being organised. These events will reflect on the progress of tomorrow and create bridges between different industries around a common theme: "Telling a different (Hi)story / Raconter l'histoire autrement".



Novembre Numérique, the international festival of digital cultures, is organized by the Institut Français and the French cultural network abroad, on all five continents. With this third international edition, Novembre Numérique will showcase all forms of digital creation - video games, immersive realities, digital art, sound spatialization, digital literacy, digital humanities, etc. - across various events: performing arts, exchange of ideas, art installations, linguistic workshops, movies, professional meetings, etc.

In Johannesburg, Novembre Numérique is a series of events including conferences and training sessions in which everyone will have the opportunity to be part of the partnership developed between the Digital Content Hub and major players in the French cultural industries as SACEM, INA – French National Audiovisual Institute – and the Gobelins Animation School.

It is also an opportunity to meet, train and share expertise with local and international professionals from the digital industry in animation, augmented reality, and music among others.


Write your story and craft a dynamic, visual presentation to pitch it!

Tuesday 19 November - from 5pm to 8pm & Wednesday 20 November - from 10am to 1pm
Whether you’re interested in writing for film, television, animation, video games, VR, comics or children’s books; all require strong storytelling skills accompanied by images to communicate your vision. The art of blending story and image is at the heart of today’s entertainment industry... and it all begins with a pitch.
Building on 40 years of experience teaching animated storytelling, GOBELINS is organizing, for the first time at TSHIMOLOGONG PRECINCT, a Masterclass to enable students and professionals from South Africa and Africa to better understand the creative process, structure, and presentation of visual storytelling. The principles discussed can then be applied to any form of storytelling.

How to participate:
The event is free. RSVP required : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please note both dates are part of the masterclass. You can’t only choose one.



20 – 22 November, @Tshimologong Digital Precinct
Animation students from the digital Content Hub Animation Department launched a year ago in Partnership with Les Gobelins have now a lot to share and are ready to go to market. For them and for others South African school students, the Animation Jam is a 48h challenge to allow them to show their endless creativity with fun and without clients or schools pressure. Each team of animators will be working on delivering a very short animation movie within a very tight deadline. A great opportunity for them to work on their time wising and show what they are capable of.
This challenge will be under the direction of Lesego Vorster, director of The Animation Studio at Tshimologong, and our special guest: Cécile Blondel, Head of International Relations and Storytelling Expert for Gobelins - School of Image in France.

How to participate:
The event is free. Each participant will be chosen by a call for application as the number of attendees is limited by the space.

Call will be on from 28 October until 10 November. Link to the registration form HERE



Tuesday, 26 November – from 9am to 11am, @Tshimologong Digital Precinct
The rise of the internet, file sharing, online distribution platforms and social media have probably led to the biggest changes in the music industry ever. The ease with which people can access music, either legally via iTunes, Spotify and other such platforms, or illegally via file sharing has coincided and perhaps been a prime mover in the drop off in physical music sales but on the flip side the accessibility of digital recording equipment and the ability for artists to distribute their material worldwide without a record deal has opened up new and exciting opportunities for artists.
Join us for an open debate with 5 experts – aggregators, collections societies, publishers... - to discuss about the current market, the role of aggregators, telcos, publishers, the new digital revenue streams and the best markets for online revenue for African artists.

How to participate:
The event is free. RSVP required



Friday, 1 November: Augmented Reality Workshop for Professionals with Julie Stephen Chheng
Free – RSVP required

Tues-Wed, 19-20 November: Storytelling Masterclass with Cecile Blondel and Aïda Del Solar
Free – RSVP required

Wed-Friday, 20-22 November: Animation Jam – creation of a short animation movie in 48h
Free – RSVP required

Tuesday, 26 November: Conference on new economic model in the music industry – co-organized with SACEM & SAMRO
Free – RSVP required

And more coming soon...



> Date:
From Friday 1 November until Saturday 30 November
> Venue:
Tshimologong Digital Precinct
41 Juta St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001



The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
Melissa Dusart
T: 011 727 5125
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The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
Mylene Loubiere
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As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural activities of France abroad, one of 96 institutes in the world. IFAS organises and supports artistic events in venues and festivals throughout the country. It has strong relationships with various South African partners through artistic projects. IFAS is a platform for cooperation, encouraging cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent. Of these, the audiovisual projects develop links and long-term partnerships between the South African and the French cultural industries in the fields of innovation, training, storytelling, production, distribution, professional markets, public policies and regulation frameworks. www.ifas.org.za



For almost 50 years, GOBELINS, has been a global reference in the fields of visual creation from image design to image production. Their areas of expertise are animated filmmaking, graphic and motion design, photography, interactive design, printed and digital communication, video gaming, video and sound.
Early this year in Los Angeles, their graduation film "Best Friend", selected at the Annie Awards 2019 (the Oscars equivalent regarding Animation), won the "Best Student Film" prize.



Established in 2016 in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct incubates digital entrepreneurs and grows the skills pipeline for the digital economy through collaboration with academia, corporates, government and entrepreneurs. In July, 2018, Tshimologong launched a Digital Content Hub, an incubator of innovative and creative audio-visual content, in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). The idea of establishing a Digital Content Hub is born from an existing collaboration between Tshimologong and Digital Lab Africa, an initiative launched by IFAS in 2016 to support African start-ups creating multimedia content. Tshimologong and IFAS have thus joined forces to integrate the existing Digital Lab Africa program within the Digital Content Hub.

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