Black youth media company, Diprente, has won big at the Annecy
International Animation Festival 2018 in France.
The company has made
the country proud at a time that Youth Month is being commemorated by
clinching the global TV series and specials MIFA Pitches at the festival
that was created in 1960. The MIFA Pitches showcase the best in original
animation projects in their first phase of development.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, congratulated the company on
their win at the recently concluded festival.
¡§It¡¦s encouraging to see black animators entering the space, which is still
white-dominated. The Department of Trade and Industry [dti] is committed to
ensuring that transformation takes place in sectors that are regarded as
"This success builds on that achieved by fellow South African company
Triggerfish Animation Studios, which over the last two years has won the top
prize for TV production at Annecy, and is in competition for the same prize
this year with their work on the BBC1 Christmas special, Highway Rat,¡¨
said Minister Davies.
Diprente executive, Isaac Mogajane, said the win was an exciting milestone
for their animation studio.
¡§As we are about to begin production on our first animated series,
Anansi, having a second show celebrated on the global stage and receive
attention from companies such as Disney further validates the international
appeal of the content that the company and the country is creating,¡¨ said
Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Festival International du
Film d¡¦Animation d¡¦Annecy, abbreviated as AIAFF) takes place at the
beginning of June in the town of Annecy. It became an annual event in 1998.
This year¡¦s festival ran from 11 to 16 June.
Minister Davies said the dti, through its Sector Specific Assistance
Programme, funded 20 animation companies to participate in the 2018
Animation Film Festival, which is a global animation industry¡¦s leading
showcase for co-producing, purchasing, selling, financing and distributing
¡V Source: SAnews.gov.za