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East African Women To Get More Opportunities in the Animation Industry

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The Ladima Foundation is pleased to announce a collaboration with Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) to provide training, development, and professional opportunities to East African women working in animation.

The Ladima Foundation just incorporated as a Tanzanian non-profit organization, and this initial training represents the start of a number of other East African programs that will begin in 2022 with partners such as CDEA and KIAFF.

This collaboration will kick off in early 2022 with an animation workshop for women in Dar es Salaam, led by renowned animator Comfort Arthur, who previously facilitated a similar workshop for the Ladima Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria in January 2020 in collaboration with the African Animation Network. The on-site training will be followed by an Incubator and Accelerate Mentorship program to ensure that the participants are ready to work in the animation industry.

The newly created Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) had its first event this past April and will serve as a platform for the successful trainees’ work. KIAFF is an East African animation festival that brings together animators, animation writers, innovators, and distributors to display and promote regional and international animation. KIAFF is a significant partner in this project because of its regional and unique approach to promoting and supporting animation. “This partnership sets a very important base for East African Animation filmmakers, particularly women in that it will provide an opportunity for women in animation to learn animation skills and apply those skills in a professional environment through the incubate and accelerate process,” says Festival Founder and Director Daniel Nyalusi. We’re looking forward to showcasing the work of more female animators as a festival, and we hope that this training will help to re-ignite the industry in East Africa.”

Based on their years of recognized work in the area, CDEA is a perfect partner for this training and potential future outreach projects. CDEA was founded in 2011 and is now a creative think tank situated in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that helps multi-stakeholders use culture as a resource to encourage creativity and innovation supported by technology to address East Africa’s myriad social, political, and economic concerns. The creative think tank also serves as a crossroads where science and art collide to create “out-of-the-box” solutions for the current and future generations. CDEA’s activity is in line with the African Union Plan of Action for the Cultural and Creative Industries and the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity Cultural Expressions. “We are delighted about this relationship because it confirms our commitment to train filmmakers in East Africa,” says Ayeta Anne Wangusa, Executive Director of CDEA. CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator and Accelerator project, which focuses on the audio-visual and design industries, was launched in 2017. In a male-dominated sector, our relationship provides an opportunity to strengthen the capacities of female filmmakers.”

 

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Top 20 Best African Songs 2021

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The year 2021 has been a fantastic one for African musicians and the music business in general. This is the year that Wizkid’s Essence charted in the top 50 of Billboard’s top 100 and also featured on Obama’s 2021 Playlist. Ruger, a Nigerian breakout musician, got the globe bouncing with his song “Bounce,” which became a global hit, and if you’re in Nairobi, or really anywhere in Africa, you’ve probably heard Tanzania’s Zuchu’s song “Sukari,” which has over 59 million views on YouTube as of this writing, making it one of the year’s most popular videos. As the year draws to a close, these are the finest African songs of 2021. (more…)

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Netflix and UNESCO Are Looking For The Next Generation of African Filmmakers  

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Netflix and UNESCO have teamed up to establish an innovative short film competition in Sub-Saharan Africa called “African Folktales, Reimagined.” The competition’s winners will receive industry training and mentoring, as well as a US$75,000 production budget, to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as a “Anthology of African Folktales.”

One of the competition’s main goals is to find fresh perspectives and provide young filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa global exposure. We want to identify the most daring, witty, and surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most beloved folktales and share them with entertainment enthusiasts in over 190 countries across the world.

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It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

The tournament, which will be run by Dalberg, will run from October 14th until November 14th, 2021. Each of the six winners will get a US$75,000 production grant (via a local production firm) to create, shoot, and post-produce their films with the help of Netflix and industry mentors, ensuring that everyone engaged in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the six winners will get a cash prize of $25,000 apiece.

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Both UNESCO and Netflix agree on the importance of promoting and sharing varied local stories with the rest of the globe. They recognize that many aspiring filmmakers struggle to get the resources and exposure they need to fully realize their potential and advance their creative careers. This competition aims to address these difficulties and provide a platform for African storytellers to showcase their work to a worldwide audience.

This alliance will also assist to create long-term jobs and stimulate economic growth, contributing to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of goals aimed at ending global poverty in all of its forms by the end of this decade. This film festival will also contribute to the reduction of disparities by allowing access to global markets and ensuring decent working conditions. All of these are important targets for the 2030 Agenda.

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Afrotape to Focus on it’s Community

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Today marks 3 years since Afrotape was formed. What began as a platform for artists’ services has evolved into a youth brand that will be the leading voice on African culture. It’s been a fascinating and challenging journey, full of invaluable experiences and life lessons that have shaped us into the people we are today. (more…)

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