The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) and Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment streaming service, have announced their collaboration to identify new talent in Africa’s animation industry. Proudly presented by Animation SA, the 9th CTIAF will take place from 1 – 3 October both virtually and in-person at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.
As part of CTIAF’s virtual programme, Netflix will participate in the Women Transforming Animation Showcase featuring Camille Leganza, an Artistic Recruiter at Netflix who has extensive past experience working in production at studios like DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Pixar, Cartoon Saloon and Microsoft and Helen Marie Saric, Line Producer at Netflix who has spent the last two decades working for various animation studios including Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks, and Paramount.
Her credits include The Croods, Home and Futurama. She is currently working at Netflix Animation Studios on the project Steps. Also on the panel is Tendayi Nyeke, a development executive for the International-Emmy Award Winning animation firm, Triggerfish Animation Studios which is also the studio behind Netflix’s first African Animation series. Tendayi’s producing work has been nominated for the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) in multiple genres.
Netflix will also present online lounges for portfolio reviews, local animators and other creatives who will have the opportunity to engage directly with talent recruiters from Netflix.
“We’re excited about joining the Cape Town International Animation Film Festival as part of our ongoing efforts to create a stronger connection with Africa’s creative industries.,” says – Rosalind Murphy, Media and Events Strategist, Outreach & Engagement at Netflix. “We’re especially looking forward to participating in the festival’s virtual programme and meeting South Africa’s incredibly talented animation artists.”
“We are proud and honoured to announce this new association with Netflix and look forward to hosting their team members as part of our online programme,” says Dianne Makings, Festival Director of CTIAF. “ Their online portfolio review lounges are an incredible and rare opportunity for animators to engage directly with representatives from Netflix, and have their African stories connected to a global stage.”
With the objective of providing sustained platforms for nurturing long-term associations, the partnership between Netflix and CTIAF will extend beyond the hybrid Festival in October. In November, CTIAF will focus on featuring news from Netflix and further opportunities for engagement.
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