There is much to look forward to at the fourth Kunjanimation Film Festival running from 26 to 30 November in Cape Town. Curated by Animation SA, the annual event will show a quality selection of animated feature films from around the world. “Kunjanimaton is a rare chance to see some of the world’s leading animated films,” says Festival Director Dianne Makings.
The chosen films tell captivating stories from reincarnated warriors to Noah’s Ark inspired prophesising frogs. In Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, also to be screened at the festival, ants go head-to-head with ladybugs over a revered box of sugar cubes! And Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo) tells the tale of a young girl’s search for her father in a tropical paradise threatened by the construction of a huge hotel resort. Le Roi et l’Oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird) is also a must see – regarded as a masterpiece in the history of French animation, it took thirty years to complete.
This year, the festival includes Pop of Culture training workshops for local creatives, with internationally acclaimed author Lauren Beukes, Ricco Schacherl of Madam & Eve, Mike Scott, Anthony Silverston of Triggerfish Animation Studios and Lorraine Alvarez Posen all sharing their wisdom, among many other knowledgeable hosts. A two-day masterclass with Justine Bannister from Just B in France about international brand strategy and integrated marketing is also on the schedule.