Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Media Release: Animation comes under the spotlight at Durban FilmMart 2021

Media Release

Animation comes under the spotlight at Durban FilmMart 2021

Animation and its increasing role in African films will come under the spotlight at the 12th

edition of Durban FilmMart which takes place virtually from 16 to 25 July 2021.

Animation filmmaking continues to develop as its own category of filmmaking in Africa, with a

rise in the number of projects that are geared towards global audiences.  Africa’s premier film

event has recognised the importance of animation in this ever-growing medium of storytelling

and its exponential growth on the continent. It is the first time that animation will be given a

feature at a DFM.

Delegates attending this year’s DFM will, through panel discussions, look at the work of

filmmakers and organisations in Africa as they contribute to the growth of animation. In

addition, delegates will discuss the challenges that animators face while looking at the

opportunities and the future of animation storytelling.

Animation @ DFM includes:

Animation on the Continent: Connecting International Opportunities

This panel looks at the work of animation filmmakers and organisations in Africa as they

continue to take huge strides in growing the creative economy on the continent.

Panellists include, Mary Glasser (Triggerfish Foundation), Mounia Aram (African Animation

Network, Morroco), David Masanso (Crossroads Digital Multimedia Ltd),

Charles Houdart (Agence Française du Développement) and Ng'endo Mukii, (Ng'endo


Building community for Animators in SA

This panel will look at the development of animation film in South Africa highlighting the

process from creation to development and reflecting on training and exhibition.

Panellists in this session comprise, Mary Glasser (Triggerfish Foundation), Nick Cloete

(Animation South Africa), Deidre Jantjies (Na Aap Productions), Clare Louis (Katanimate

Studios), Dianne Makings, (Cape Town International Animation Festival) and Lesego Vorster

(Tshimologong Precinct)

Sketching African Animation Development Platforms

Key animation training organisations highlight the work and programmes they have initiated

and also discuss challenges, opportunities and the future of animation storytelling.

Here the panellists are, Mary Glasser, (Triggerfish Foundation), Mukui Mbindyo (African

Digital Media Group), Jesse Kang'eth, (Heva Fund),Tumelo Selamolela, (Digital Canvas

Academy), Kabelo Maaka, (Cabblow Studios) and Colin Payne, (Triggerfish Academy).


The Durban FilmMart 2021 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding

from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality.

The DFM 2021 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation,

KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, International Emerging Film

Talent Association,  Institut Francais – South Africa, Wesgro and Namibian Film Commission

with the following programme partners - AfriDocs and Avek, Berlinale Talent, Cape Town

International Animation Film Festival, Digital Lab Africa, Documentary Filmmakers

Association, Documentary Association of Europe, DOK.fest München, DOK Leipzig, Dolby,

Durban International Film Festival, FidaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou

International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam,

Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Organisation Internationale de la

Francophonie, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam Cinemart, SASFED, South African Guild of

Actors, Sørfond - Norwegian South Film Fund, SWIFT, Trace Studios, Writers Guild of  South



Register for the Durban FilmMart here: http://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/Delegate-



About the Durban FilmMart Institute

Durban FilmMart Institute is the business hub of the African Film industries in a world where

African film Industry professionals and products are globally competitive and celebrated. The

mission of the Durban FilmMart Institute is to provide appropriate and effective

programmes and services to promote, support and facilitate investment in the African film

industries, so that African film industry professionals and products are competitive and

celebrated globally.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart Institute, visit: http://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za