This Saturday (31st March), there will be a The Amazing World of Gumball screening at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds, UK, as part of Leeds Young Film Festival 2018. The screening is a free event, but tickets must be booked in advance online or though the Leeds City Centre Box Office. The event is organised by BAFTA Kids (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). The screening event will start at 2pm and will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
The event will presented by Ben 10 Challenge presenter – Nigel Clarke, in addition to the screening, there will be additional behind the scenes footage and a drawing competition for kids with Cartoon Network goodies up for grabs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cartoon Network Africa Imagination Studios Winners Shorts To Air On 11th December
On Monday 11th December 2017, Cartoon Network Africa will be airing new animated shorts based on the four winning entries from Cartoon Network Africa’s Imagination Studios competition. Cartoon Network Imagination Studios is a competition where kids can explore their creativity, by either drawing an original cartoon character, storyboarding a short cartoon or make their own stop-motion animation. For the first time ever, these animated shorts were fully produced in Africa, the new shorts were also shown at the FupiToons Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa in October, FupiToons is a brand new festival dedicated to African produced animation.
Dida Bafor aged 8, Katlego Khambule aged 10, Maia Janse aged 11 and Zoё-Jane Mans aged 9 were this year’s Cartoon Network Africa Imagination Studios competition winners. Dida’s winning drawing – “Adventures of the Talking Pizza” has been transformed into an animated short called “The Great Escape”, which follows the story of two siblings – John and Lizzy who are also pizza slices. Katlego’s creation – The Doodling Duo has been turned into the animated short – “Attack of the Slug Monster”, Maia’s winning creation is entitled “Llama Drama” and Zoë-Jane’s winning entry is Smarter Phones. The winners of this year’s competition were excited to see their creations come to life by the production team and are now looking forward to see their creations on Cartoon Network in December for all their families and friends to see.
To produce the shorts, Cartoon Network has worked with several African companies specialising in animation production, scriptwriting and sound production, including MyChild TV, Mind’s Eye Creative, Punch Money Studios and Audio Militia.
The Creative director at Mind’s Eye Creative – Ryan van Eyk commented on the competition and thinks CN’s Imagination Studios initiative is great for teaching kids about animation:
“The really cool thing about this initiative is getting kids involved in understanding animation production and the whole process of animating their drawings locally has shown them that their imaginations can come to life.”
Jaime Ondarza, senior vice president for Turner Southern Europe & Africa also added:
“We’re excited about showing the winning four animated shorts across Africa on Cartoon Network. We have been extremely impressed by the creativity and collaborative efforts from all our partners in making this possible. It has been amazing to walk this journey with the Imagination Studios winners and see their imaginative entries coming alive right before their eyes.”
Cartoon Network Africa Imagination Studios Shorts Behind The Scenes Preview
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.
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.
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