The Ladima Foundation announced earlier this year a cooperation with Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) to provide training, development, and professional opportunities to women working in the animation industry in East Africa.
Let Your Voices Roar is a 10-day animation program for women that will focus on the themes of home and belonging, as well as how animation can be utilized to assist people’s voices be heard both inside and beyond their communities.
INCUBATE with Ladima & AAN:
Participants who pass the training with a reasonable level of competency will be accepted into the Ladima & African Animation Network (AAN) Incubation program. They will participate in a 6-month intensive in-service training program with our animation partners in their own country.
ACCELERATE with Ladima & AAN:
Following completion of the incubation program, the participant is partnered with a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) and/or Studio Partner for a two-year period. In-service training is still being given to the participant.
CLUSTER by AAN:
Strategic relationships with leading African studios throughout the digital content production spectrum will bring together experience and expertise to create a cluster of excellence while also increasing capacity and providing a turnkey solution.
Comfort Arthur, an award-winning Ghanaian animator, illustrator, and visual artist who was born in the United Kingdom, will lead the course. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London before establishing The Comfy Studio in Ghana in 2012. Her animated short film, “Black Barbie,” has won many accolades and received high critical acclaim after screening at more than 50 film festivals across the world. Her first children’s picture book, based on her short film “Black Barbie,” was released in 2020.
Comfort is also Festival Director for FUPiTOONS, the African continent’s first film festival dedicated to short-form animation for kids.
Applications are now open for this intensive workshop, which will take place in Dar es Salaam from January 17 to 27, 2022, and will be led by award-winning Ghanaian animator Comfort Arthur. Only women from Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda are allowed to apply, and they must be complete A-List members.
Applications will close on October 23, 2020, and participants will be notified in writing by November 17, 2021, if they have been approved. The event partners will cover regional travel and special participation expenditures; terms and limitations are accessible on the application form.
Visit https://ladima.africa/a-list/ to sign up for the A-List and/or apply and for more information.
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The film depicts the rise of South Africa’s hip hop movement and is based on the true tale of Mensa’s character, Sydney “Syd Money” Hall, and his collaboration with South African hip hop pioneer Linda “ProKid” Mkhize. It is set in South Africa amid the post-apartheid era and draws on both African and African-American experiences.
African/American focuses on the joint construction of ProKid’s critically acclaimed Heads and Tales album. Ruth E. Carter, a well-known costume designer, is directing African/American. Carter has worked as a costume designer on films such as School Daze, Coming 2 America, Do The Right Thing, Black Panther, and its upcoming sequel, but this will be her first excursion into producing.
“I am excited to tell this dynamic story about survival and cultural identities. African/American ignites the sense of right place, right time in a way that makes you believe that you can do anything you set your mind to,”Carter told The Shadow League.
African/American is also a nod to ProKid, who died of a hemosuccus pancreaticus in 2018. Thabang Moloba, who recently starred in Netflix’s “Blood & Water,” is in talks to play ProKid alongside Mensa’s character Syd Money. Jamie Burton-Oare and Skye Dennis, who will also direct, wrote the script. The film will also be produced by Lanre Idewu, who worked on HBO Max’s “South Side.”
“African/American is one of the first projects of many more to come aimed at creating true collaboration across the continents for the purpose of bridging the African diaspora. It’s coming… you can feel it in the air. It’s not just a movie, it’s a movement,”Idewu said
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