AAN partners with Turner for DISCOP Johannesburg and the FupiToons Festival and the submission deadline is revised to 22 September.

The African Animation Network (AAN) has secured a partnership with the market leading animation broadcaster in Africa, Turner. Turner will be partnering with AAN at DISCOP Johannesburg and the Fupitoons Festival- Africa's first short film, "made in Africa", animation festival hosted in partnership with Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau (26 - 29 October, Cinema Nouveau Rosebank, Johannesburg).

Revised FupiToons Submission Deadline - 22 September 2017:
The organisers of FupiToons Festival have decided to move the deadline for submissions forward. According to Wendy Spinks, Head of Content at AAN & FupiToons Festival Director; “We’ve been inundated with submissions so far, and with Turner confirmed as a partner, we are expecting an influx of submissions. For our team to be able to adequately make selections for the 2 hour screening, we’ve decided to move the submission deadline forward to midnight, 22 September, 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Call For Content:
FupiToons Festival is looking for the best African animated content aimed at audiences pre-school to 12 years to be part of a 2 hour screening.

Closing date for submissions: Midnight (GMT+2), 22 September, 2017.


Meet The Festival Team:

comfortComfort Arthur (Ghana):
Content Curator and Assistant Festival Director
Comfort Arthur has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Central St Martins and a Master’s Degree in Animation from the Royal College of Arts. She has worked on several award winning Ghanaian films whilst also editing top TV series.

In 2015 her short animated film “The Peculiar Life of a Spider” was nominated in the animation category at the Ghana Movie Awards and The Africa Movie Academy Awards . In addition, her short animation film “Imagine” won best Animation 2016 at the Golden Movie Awards. Her latest film “Black Barbie” has screened at over 22 international film festivals, won best spoken piece film at the Real Times Film Festival 2016 and Best Animation at the Ghana Movie Awards 2016. Comfort Arthur has recently won Best Female director at the BlackStar International Film Festival for her film Black Barbie.

cleaClea Mallinson (South Africa):
Content Curator, Assistant Festival Director and Festival Editor
Clea Mallinson graduated from UCT in Film Honours in 2004 and won a student short film competition with “Addicted to Popcorn". Soon after, she jetted off to Cannes having won a French Embassy short animation competition. In 2010 she graduated with an MA in screenwriting from the Huston School of Film & Digital media, Ireland, and received a scholarship to study a screenwriting summer course at UCLA.

Clea’s animated short film script, “Fairy Wheels”, received development funding from the NFVF in 2015, won the Animation Du Monde pitching forum at Annecy/MIFA in 2016 and was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Muse Award that same year. Clea has recently completed a residency at Ciclic Animation in France to continue to bring "Fairy Wheels" to the screen.

wendyWendy Spinks (South Africa):
Head of Content Curation and Festival Director
Co-Founder, Head of Development and Creative Producer of Zeropoint Studios; Wendy creates, develops, produces and promotes content for global brands aimed at multi-platforms in the TV, digital and animation industries including online, social media and transmedia properties. She is Executive Producer on all Zeropoint Studio’s properties at international TV, animation markets and festivals including; MIPCOM, MIPJunior, MIPTV, Annecy & Kidscreen- having attended over 30 markets & festivals worldwide since 2008.

Her IP “Hatch” was runner-up in the Turner Kids’ Animation Pitching Competition at DISCOP Johannesburg 2016. Whilst her adaptation of “Squeers”, for TV & transmedia, was a Top 3 Finalist (out of 522 projects) at DISCOP Johannesburg 2016 in the Digital Lab Africa Transmedia Category, screened at ASIFA International World Animation Day 2017 in Atlanta and at Cinemafrika Festival 2017 in Stockholm.

Nick Wilson
Project Manager
African Animation Network

Wendy Spinks
Head of Content & Festival Director
African Animation Network