Updated: Jun 17
Starting June 14th -19th, all roads in the animation film industry leads to France for the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film festival. Once in a year, top industrial players round the globe converge in the French town of Annecy, to showcase new trends, technologies and movies in the animation industry as well as pitch ideas, buy and sell shows.
Interestingly this year, the focus will be on Africa (dubbed Africa2020 season) due to the recent emergence of astounding productions from various parts of the continent. Annecy 2021 will see representations from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia through to South Africa.
‘Azumah, the Ghanaian hero’, an animated short movie from Ghana directed by Nii Ofei of Indegene BROS had the privilege of ‘Official selection’ from Ghana in the 2019 edition of the festival. Prior to that, "Black Barbie" by Comfort Arthur had also made an entry via the "Official Selection" status into Annecy to give a glimpse of Ghana's capabilities. This year ‘Azumah’ is back in the screening ring together with "Black Barbie" and several other Ghanaian representations including ‘S.C.U.M II, Cybor Crisis’ by Ekow Coker, ‘The Legend of Bababongo’ by Selorm Dogoe and ‘Orisha’s Journey’, directed by Abdul Ndada.
Truly, Ghana's animation is definitely getting noticed and Kudos to all the hard working folks, both seen and unseen making this happen.
Wishing you the best and may this entry open doors of opportunities for all to enjoy some.