Cartoon Network Africa Launches Creative Lab To Seek New Talent And Produce New Content

Cartoon Network Africa Launches Creative Lab To Seek New Talent And Produce New Content

Cartoon Network Africa Launches Creative Lab To Seek New Talent And Produce New Content

Cartoon Network Africa has launched a new initiative called “Creative Lab”. With the new initiative, Cartoon Network Africa aims to create local short-form animated content especially for people living in Africa. In order to create the new content, Cartoon Network Africa is seeking new talent on the continent. The initiative is specifically looking for creators, writers, graphic artists and animation students to help produce the new projects. Prospective content producers can apply now up until 31st August, the initiative is open to African residents above the age of 18 or any Africa-based company.

Applicants are expected to submit a one-to-three minute short comedy project that will fit in well among Cartoon Network’s other programming. In September, Cartoon Network Africa will pick ten shortlisted projects and give each creator the opportunity to pitch in-front of CN’s team. The winner and two runners-up will be revealed at the DISCOP media convention in Johannesburg which will be held between 14th-16th November and will be given the chance to turn their project into a pilot which will premiere sometime in 2019.

Cartoon Network Africa’s Creative Lab is effectively the adult-targeted version of Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios initiative. For Imagination Studios, children from all over Africa submitted their character drawings for the chance to see their characters made into a short episode.

The Head of Programming and Acquisition for Turner Kids Africa – Ariane Suveg, mentioned that there has been some really good and inspiring animation projects, including Punch Monkey Studios’ Cloud Life and wish to help support the African animation industry with the use of the new Creative Lab initiative.

“As sponsors of the DISCOP 2016 Animation Pitching Programme, we were exposed to some really inspiring local animation projects, We were so impressed by Cape Town-based Punch Monkey Studio’s amazing creative energy in the winning entry, Cloud Life, that the project has been traveling through the Turner group and is now in a development process with the Turner Asia Pacific production team! This just reinforces our need to invest in local content and our commitment to further mentoring talent in the African animation industry. We are honoured to be supporting local African animation talent through the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab. We look forward to seeing the entries and hope to see the winners flourish in their career as content creators, following the footsteps of some of Cartoon Network’s greatest talents.”

For more information about Cartoon Network Creative Lab and how to submit your project, please follow the link below:

http://www.cartoonnetworkhq.com/creativelab

http://kidscreen.com/2018/06/08/cartoon-network-launches-africa-creative-lab/

https://www.screenafrica.com/2018/06/08/technology/animation-graphics/cartoon-network-is-looking-for-new-animation-talent-in-africa/

Cartoon Network Africa To Premiere African Made Animated Shorts At The FupiToons Film Festival

Cartoon Network Africa To Premiere African Made Animated Shorts At The FupiToons Film Festival

Cartoon Network Africa To Premiere African Made Animated Shorts At The FupiToons Film Festival

Cartoon Network Africa has partnered up with the African Animation Network (ANN) and South African cinema company – Ster-Kinekor for an animated film festival called FupiToons (Fupi, means short in Swahili), the festival is the first of its kind in Africa, purely focusing on animated productions made on the continent. The festival is aimed for kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years old and will feature a total of 114 animated short films.

Four animated shorts based upon this year’s winning submissions for Cartoon Network Africa’s Imagination Studios drawing competition will be screened at FupiToons before they premiere on Cartoon Network Africa TV channel on Monday 11th December. The four shorts are called Llama Drama (Maia Janse), Smarter Phones (Zoë-Jane Mans), The Great Escape (Dida Bafor) and Attack of the Slug Monster (Katlego Khambule). The festival will run alongside this year’s DISCOP Johannesburg media industry convention, which will be held between Thursday 26th October and Sunday 29th October.

To produce the shorts, Cartoon Network has worked with a bunch of African companies specialising in animation production, scriptwriting and sound production, including MyChild TV, Mindseye Creative, Punch Money Studios and Audio Militia.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/08/cartoon-network-africa-local-talent-to-produce-imagination-studios-shorts/

Ariane Suveg, the head of programming and acquisitions for Turner kids’ channels in Africa made this statement about this year’s Imagination Studios competition:
“We have been extremely impressed by the amazing, creative energy present within each of the partners and this energy, together with the imaginative entries received in this year’s Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition, has reinforced our investment into localizing content and our promise to further mentor the African animation industry.”

Wendy Spinks, FupiToons Festival Director & Head of Content at AAN also said: “We’ve been astounded by the volume and quality of the submissions. We’re excited to announce the official selection of films. The festival covers a broad selection of animated shorts with something for everyone but, most importantly kids aged 2 – 12 years old. Having received 114 submissions, it was extremely difficult to include everything into a FupiToons block whilst also conforming to the Film & Publication Board regulations for the festival age demographic. In future editions of FupiToons Festival we intend to open the age demographic range up and have different blocks of content catering for a wider audience and variety of content.”

Screenings will take place at the Ster-Kinekor cinema at The Zone, Rosebank, Johannesburg on Friday 27th October at 5:30pm Saturday 28th October at 2:30pm & 5:30pm and Sunday 29th October at 2:30pm.

http://worldscreen.com/tvkids/turner-to-premiere-african-shorts-at-fupitoons-film-festival/

http://www.gautengfilm.org.za/news/news-archive/2017/oct-2017/1616-don-t-miss-the-fupitoons-films

Cartoon Network Africa Local Talent To Produce Imagination Studios Shorts

Cartoon Network Africa Local Talent To Produce Imagination Studios Shorts

Cartoon Network Africa Local Talent To Produce Imagination Studios Shorts

Cartoon Network Africa is partnering with some of Africa’s best talent in animation, copy writing, post-production and audio production to produce one-minute shorts based on the winning creations from this year’s Cartoon Network Africa Imagination Studios competition. The purpose of the Imagination Studios initiative is to inspire and motivate children to explore their creative side and let their imagination run wild. Throughout the campaign, children accessed the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios microsite on the Cartoon Network Africa website to find out how their favourite cartoons are made.

The microsite also features activities and videos of Cartoon Network’s top talent offering creative knowledge and advice, from using this knowledge and their creative talent, children also took part in the Imagination Studios competition. The four first place competition winners (one winner per category) will get to see their characters and storyboards in the form of a specially produced animated short. The animated shorts will air on Cartoon Network Africa in October.

Cartoon Network will be working with African animation company – MyChild TV, the company will act as the executive producer and coordinator for the animated shorts project. Cape Town based Punch Money Studios will be writing the scripts for the animated shorts, the company also won the Turner Kids Animation Pitching competition (in partnership with industry body – Animation South Africa) at the DISCOP Johannesburg media convention in 2016, for their Cloud Life project. Mindseye Creative, a 2D animation studio based in South Africa will be producing the animation and Audio Militia will be contributing audio effects and music to the project. Local comedians and voice over artists, including Nina Hastie, Trevor Gumbi, Richelieu Beaunoir and Alex Radnitz will be voicing the characters in the new animated shorts.

In a statement, a spokesperson from Turner Africa said:

“We here at Cartoon Network are so excited about Imagination Studios, so much so that we decided to take it a step further this year, by involving some amazingly talented, locally selected, third-party professionals. This local alliance will simply take what we have already previously perfected, and rejuvenate it by injecting a unique, authentic, African flair which will not only be engaging, but relatable to our audience too. We have been extremely impressed by the amazing creative energy present within each of the partners and this energy, together with the imaginative entries received in this year’s Imagination Studios competition, has reinforced our investment into localising content and our promise to further mentor the African animation industry.”

In regards of the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios shorts, Nick Wilson from Animation South Africa also added:

“It is really cool to see that international brands such as Cartoon Network are starting to fully localise their content in order to speak to, and engage with, their audience on a deeper, richer level. We are so honoured and excited to have been selected to work on this project, presenting us with many areas of potential and growth for the African animation industry, ensuring that our creative voices as Africans continue to be heard.”

http://imaginationstudios.cartoonnetworkhq.com/

http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/television/1663277-Cartoon-Network-goes-100-local-with-animation-competition