You missed it last year? The Novembre Numerique Animation Jam is back for its third edition from 19 to 21 November!

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct (Tshimologong) would like to invite animators from across the African continent to apply for this year’s online edition of the Novembre Numerique Animation Jam. The jam will be hosted by IFAS and Tshimologong’s Animation Digital Skills Academy with the support of Gobelins – School of Image, and Institut Français Paris.

The 48 hour animation jam is a challenge in which teams of animators are assigned a theme and have 48 hours to create a short film. The programme will include guidelines, preparation workshops as well as coaching support. The participant will also be given real-time feedback, input, interactive discussions and keynotes from industry experts.


  • Teams of 2 to 10 people with designated team leader
  • All forms of animation allowed (2D, 3D, stop-motion, rotoscopy)
  • All members of the teams must be citizens of any African country
  • Applicants are expected to submit their original work (plagiarised animation will immediately be disqualified – all backgrounds, characters, assets, etc… must be generated by teams)
  • Films must follow the theme of the jam
How to participate

The event is free but registration is mandatory.

Participants can apply as individuals (to be teamed up with other individuals) or as partial or complete teams.

Please send any further queries to


Registration will be open from 25 October 2021 – 8 November 2021.

About IFAS

As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural activities of France abroad, one of 96 institutes in the world. IFAS organises and supports artistic events in venues and festivals throughout the country. It has strong relationships with various South African partners through artistic projects. IFAS is a platform for cooperation, encouraging cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent. Of these, the audiovisual projects develop links and long-term partnerships between the South African and the French cultural industries in the fields of innovation, training, storytelling, production, distribution, professional markets, public policies and regulation frameworks.

About Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct & Animation Skills Digital Academy

Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is a 100% Wits University-owned Digital Hub based in the inner-city district of Braamfontein, where the incubation of start-ups, the commercialization of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working professionals and unemployed youth takes place. The concept of Tshimologong, Setswana for “new beginnings”, first came to light in 2012 as Professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of Wits University’s JCSE revealed to the world his idea of transforming Braamfontein into Africa’s premier technology destination by setting up a digital innovation hub – thereby inspiring new talent and creating jobs.

The Animation Development Academy was established in 2018 with the aim to incorporate training modules focused on content development. The main objective of the academy is to accelerate the learning experience of animation interns by having animation graduates work on real-world projects. Interns are given an opportunity to work in content development teams on projects that aim to deliver professional quality content commissioned for real customers. The Animation Academy is one of the four pillars in the Tshimologong Digital Content Hub which is funded by Agence Française de Développement.

About Novembre Numérique

Novembre Numérique, the international festival of digital cultures, is organised by the Institut Français and the French cultural network abroad, on all five continents. In Johannesburg, Novembre Numérique is a series of creative events to connect French and South African artists, experts, young talents and professionals.

The Agence Francaise de Development (AFD)

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) funds, supports and accelerates the transitions to a fairer and more sustainable world. Tshimologong has entered into a three-year partnership with The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) that funds and supports our Digital Content Hub. The fund was set up to enable Tshimologong to expand its activities to incorporate audiovisual content creation including augmented reality, virtual reality, holograms, video games, animation and music. This partnership will further create market access between French companies and South African startups, driving investment opportunities for digital content businesses.