Cape Town-based specialist animation training institution The Animation School is representing South Africa at the 2013 annual Annecy Festival, now in full swing. One of the school’s top three performing students, Michael Hlatswayo, was selected by National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) to attend the event based on his academic performance.
The Annecy Festival is considered the place of reference for animation and is the largest cartoon festival in the world, hosting 6000 delegates annually.
The promising young talent, Hlatswayo, is a bursary funded student in his second year at The Animation School. The trip will afford this bright young talent an opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s best animation studios and to take part in business related discussions.
“I am thankful for wonderful the opportunity to represent The Animation School and South Africa at the Annecy Festival. I am looking forward to exchanges with students from the other countries, networking with established and budding animators alike and the chance to view works told through different perspectives from the world over,” said Hlatswayo.
This experience will also allow SA artists to showcase their talents and setup up co-productions with foreign studios.
“We are proud to be associated with NFVF because of their great contribution to the development of the South African film and video industry,” commented Nuno Martins, cofounder and principal of The Animation School.
This year (2013) the National Film and Video Foundation will be exhibiting at the International Animation Film Market (MIFA), which is the business section of Annecy Festival, and showcasing what South Africa has to offer as an animation destination.
Source: The Animation School