African non-profit organisation The Ladima Foundation has linked up with Culture & Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) to organise training, development and professional opportunities for women in animation across East Africa.
The animation training for women will start in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in early 2022 and participants will be trained by well-known animator Comfort Arthur and the African Animation Network. They will also engage in an incubator and accelerate mentorship programme aimed at ensuring their skills are put to use in the animation sector.
KIAFF provides a platform for animators, animation writers, innovators and distributors to showcase and promote regional and international animation. It will also provide a key opportunity for successful trainees to showcase their work.
KIAFF founder and director Daniel Nyalusi said the partnership is important for East African animation filmmakers, particularly women, in that it will provide an opportunity for women in animation to learn animation skills and apply them in a professional environment through the incubate and accelerate process.
“As a festival we will be excited to showcase the work of more women animators and we hope this training will be part of igniting the animation sector in East Africa,” Nyalusi said.
CDEA, a creative think-tank based in Dar es Salaam, facilitates multi-stakeholders to use culture as a resource to promote creativity and innovation supported by technology to solve the numerous social, political and economic challenges faced in East Africa.
Executive director Ayeta Anne Wangusa said: “We are excited about this partnership because it reinforces our commitment to train filmmakers in East Africa. In 2017, we launched CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator & Accelerator initiative focusing on the audiovisual and design sectors. This partnership provides us an opportunity to improve the capacities of women filmmakers in a male-dominated industry.”
The partnership between The Ladima Foundation, CDEA and KIAFF is the first of a number of East Africa initiatives that will roll out in 2022 among other partners, according to the companies.