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By Shaibu Husseini
03 July 2022   |   1:20 am
strong>Spotlight On Animation At 2022 Durban International Film Festival ANIMATION, one of the film industry’s fastest growing genres, will be the spotlight at this year Durban FilmMart (DFM) holding between July 22 and 31, 2022. After making its debut last year, Animation will expand this year with the help of funding from the German Federal…

Reddy, GM Durban FilmMart

strong>Spotlight On Animation At 2022 Durban International Film Festival
ANIMATION, one of the film industry’s fastest growing genres, will be the spotlight at this year Durban FilmMart (DFM) holding between July 22 and 31, 2022. After making its debut last year, Animation will expand this year with the help of funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by GIZ in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut to support the cultural and creative industries (CCI) in South Africa and a number of other countries in Africa and the Middle East through various projects since 2018. “Over the last few years there has been an exponential increase of animation productions in Africa.

Despite the scarcity of training and development opportunities for animation professionals, there has been notable interest by international networks and broadcasters to purchase African animation content as they see the huge potential of unlocking African consumer markets,” says Magdalene Reddy, General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute, adding that DFM has opened up an enlarged space for animators in the 2022 programme. The animation programme includes a partnership with Tshimologong through which 10 animation creatives will be given the opportunity to participate at the DFM Pitch and Finance Forum. The animation projects on the slate include, Aminah’s Journey (Nigeria), produced and directed by Brian O Wilson; Grit (Nigeria), produced and directed by Ajibola Adewole-Oyebokun and Hovers (South Africa), directed by Bokang Koatjia.

There is also Kinafo (Côte d’Ivoire), directed by Adja Mariam Soro and Okiki – The Legend of The Half God (Nigeria), directed by Brian O Wilson. Prior to the Pitching Forum the 2022 DFM projects will receive mentorship assistance from producers and professionals. The mentors for this year are – Vanessa Sinden, award-winning producer of both live action and animated films and Olivier Catherin who has produced, among others, Kiki of Montparnasse, which won a César for best short animation film. DFM 2022 will be presented under the theme ‘Revolution Evolution: Changing the Narrative’ as both an online and physical programme during the period 22-31 July.  Registrations are open for both online and physical participation at Durban FilmMart.  Visit https://durbanfilmmart.co.za/dfm-event-2022/

TIFF Announces Festival Debut OfGlass Onion: A Knife Out Mystery
ORGANISERS of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) have announced that Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will make its festival debut with a world premiere at the 47th edition of the Festival. In the follow-up to Johnson’s 2019 Knives Out, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colourful suspects. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery stars Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, and Madelyn Cline. Written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced alongside his partner Ram Bergman under their T-Street banner, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a Netflix film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Final Lion Winners Announced At Cannes Lion Festival Of Creativity
IN the final Awards Show of the 2022 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the remaining Lion winners were unveiled. The awards of Film Lions, Glass: The Lion for Change, Sustainable Development Goals Lions and the Titanium Lions were presented live on stage. Special awards were also announced. Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, commented: “Cannes Lions is a global platform, and it’s been an incredible week, as the global creative community reunited in Cannes once again.

I would like to congratulate everyone who entered, who made the shortlists and who won a Lion to set the benchmark for creative excellence on the global stage.” In the Film Lions, celebrating the creativity of the moving image, 2,028 entries were received and the jury chose to award two Film Lions Grand Prixes. The first was awarded to Super. Human. for Channel 4 by 4creative, London. The second Grand Prix was presented to ‘Escape from the Office’ for Apple by Apple, Sunnyvale / Smuggler, Central LA. The Sustainable Development Goals Lions, which celebrate creative problem solving, solutions or other initiatives that harness creativity and seek to positively impact the world went to ‘The Missing Chapter’, for P&G Whisper, by Leo Burnett, Mumbai.

The Glass: The Lion for Change, which celebrates culture-shifting creativity, received 141 entries. The award went to ‘Data Tienda’, for We Capital, by DDB México, Mexico City / DDB México, Ciudad de México. In the Titanium Lions, honouring provocative, boundary-busting, envy-inspiring work that marks a new direction for the industry, 198 entries were received and the jury chose to award 5 Titanium Lions and a Grand Prix, which went to Long Live The Prince, for Kiyan Prince Foundation, EA Sports, QPR, Match Attax, by Engine, London. The Cannes Lions Grand Prix For Good recognizes and celebrates the use of creativity to positively impact. The Jury chose to award the Grand Prix to Save Ralph, for Humane Society International, by The Humane Society of the United States, Washington DC / Vespa Pictures, California. The special award presented include Agency of the Year –Dentsu Creative, Bangalore, India, We Believers, Brooklyn, USA, and Publicis, Milan, Italy; and Creative Brand of the Year Burger King, VICE, Apple.