sustainable creative economy contributor
The Animation Academy grows the South African Animation Industry into a sustainable creative economy contributor and creates an avenue of visibility for emerging talent.
The Academy offers a rigorous, eleven-month, paid internship programme for recent graduates and self-taught artists where they are taught how to work as part of a team, creating high-end animated films.
The course curriculum, designed by our previous studio director, Lesego Vorster, in partnership with the Paris-based school, Gobelins lecole de l’image, takes the interns through every part of pre-production, production and post-production.
ABOUT THE ANIMATION ACADEMY PROGRAMME
Filling the animation skills gap in Africa
In addition to this, we have initiatives such as Animation Jam that we use as a platform for scouting talent and recruiting interns for our Animation Academy.
Through a multi-stakeholder approach and its pan African platform capability, learners also have the opportunity to intersect with other forms of media in the industry.
aNIMATION Success Stories
The 2021 cohort have produced their second instalment from the Animation Studio - Sunny Days, in just over a month.
Fish Dish is a nibble of what our cohort of Animation interns can do in the space of a few months- a 1 minute short film pitting the rumbling tummy of a fish against the cunning of a fisherman created in 2021.
FROM THE CAVES MOUTH
Tshimologong Animation Academy gets global recognition
From the Cave’s mouth, an animation short, produced by the Animation Academy has been selected to show at the Los Angeles Rocks International Film Festival (Lariff). From the Cave’s mouth – originally called “Legacy”, was borne out of the November Numerique 48hour animation challenge held annually at Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The story, while still centred on grief and the cave, explores the need to reconnect with long lost family and culture. The festival which champions independent cinema “showcases emerging and established filmmaking talent from Los Angeles and around the world”
Lolo is a story which started it all in 2019 as the interns from that year worked on the pre-production of the script written by Selaelo Maabela. Through the NFVF and Department of Arts, Sports and Culture, Tshimologong Animation Academy has secured funds to create an animated 7 minute pilot for the project while bringing back some of the 2019 alumni to act as leads on the project, Sealelo Maabela herself as the writer & creator and, of course, the current interns.