Nigerian cartoon studio Basement Animation’s project Joko & Dide has been selected for the Nigeria Focus at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Market (MIFA).
The event takes place as part of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France from June 15 to 18.
The announcement follows a two-week workshop at the French Embassy in Lagos in collaboration with the 2021 Annecy festival and MIFA, through a development programme for 10 projects supported by Animation Nigeria.
The initiative is part of the efforts of the Annecy festival and MIFA to focus on Africa and create avenues for young talent in Nigeria to acquire funding, coproduction deals or collaborations for their projects.
Joko & Dide, from Nigerian animator and Basement CEO Mbuotidem Johnson, won the first edition of the Annecy Lagos workshop and his participation at MIFA will give him a chance to showcase his project on a global platform.
Sharing the news on Instagram, Johnson said: “I’m grateful to God for this opportunity and grateful for the journey. It’s just a blessing to be surrounded by amazing minds. Thank you.”