Offering something for all ages, the annual Festival brings South Africans the chance to catch some of the world’s best animated films as well as an exciting range of masterclasses and workshops with global industry leaders, providing a rare opportunity to engage with them.

The CTIAF has become a significant fixture on the international festival calendar and provides a platform and marketplace for the fast-growing African animation industry. This year it received 221 entries for submissions from 40 countries. The Festival also hosts business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions, an outreach programme and outdoor screenings.

This year, in collaboration with Design Indaba, the CTIAF will be presenting the African premiere of Revolting Rhymes,an adaptation of a Roald Dahl / Quentin Blake classic, which premiered on BBC One at Christmas, produced by Magic Light Pictures and animated by Triggerfish Animation Studios. Coinciding with the one hundredth anniversary of Dahl’s birth, the two films combine the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, serving them with a mischievous twist. They’re directed by JakobSchuh and Jan Lachauer, both former Annecy winners and Oscar nominees. Review comments included, “a treat” (The Guardian) and “the best thing I watched all Christmas” (Daily Mirror). 

There will be a screening of My Life as a Courgette which recently was announced as an Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Feature Film and won in the same category at the European Film Awards, as well as Crystal and Public Awardsat the Annecy International Film Festival and was Switzerland’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. This stop-motion feature film is adapted from Gilles Paris’ book about children and the strength of resilience amongst a group of friends, advocating empathy, comradery, sharing and tolerance. 

“Canada’s film and TV industry is not just about great productions and actors. Canada is also a key player in the digital media industry. From animation and gaming, to amazing special effects, Canada is leading the way. I am delighted to support the participation of Canadians in the Cape Town Animation Film Festival, especially this year. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than promoting Canadian-South African collaboration in cultural industries." says Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa.