Nigerian animators head to Annecy

By Content Nigeria reporter
May 2, 2024

Small But Mighty from Bolaji Olaloye and Sagir Carpenter

A group of Nigerian animators have been selected to pitch their latest projects at the upcoming International Animation Film Festival & Market (MIFA) in Annecy, France, as part of its focus on Nigeria.

The initiative, titled Naija to the World: Exploring Nigeria’s Colourful Global Narratives Through Animation, has been organised by the French embassy in Nigeria in partnership with trade body Animation Nigeria, Annecy and MIFA.

“Dive into the heart of Africa’s storytelling as we bring you a vibrant showcase like you’ve never seen before at the 2024 Annecy animation festival,” according to MIFA.

“Experience the unique flair of Nigerian culture as we unveil tales that dance to the rhythm of tradition and pulsate with contemporary relevance. From folklore reimagined to futuristic visions, this session gives you a front row view of the rich, diverse narratives that Nigeria has to offer the world, in their earliest uncut forms.”

The event will take place on June 11 from 13.45 to 15.00 in the Haendel Room at the Impérial Palace, Annecy. The selected projects will participate in a workshop in Lagos, with the support of Animation Nigeria.

They are: Buddy by Omoyefe Majoroh (Align Animation Studio), Nok Nok by Magic Carpet Studios, Legends of Alkebulan by Michael Eneje (Tribe Temple Studios), Detective Jacqueline by Jonathan ‘Reagle’ Oyiriaru (VX Studios) and Small But Mighty by Bolaji Olaloye and Sagir Carpenter.

“A big thank-you to the community for submitting top-notch projects and spreading the word about the call-out for projects. We look forward to all the awesome Nigerian animation coming soon,” said Animation Nigeria.

MIFA is set to take place from June 9 to 15.