Animators from Africa will be out in force at the 30th edition of the MipJunior conference this weekend.
The pre-Mipcom international screenings and coproduction market, held in Cannes, France, on October 15-16, will bring together the most influential producers, distributors and buyers of kids’ and family programming.
African animators will take part in pitching sessions as well as engage in discussions related to business opportunities, partnerships and collaborations.
Among the animated projects heading to market are Rorisang & the Gurlz from South African company Cabblow Studios. It is one of the project pitch finalists in the teen category.
The toon follows a girl who is on a quest to start an Afropop band with her group of besties at her conservative all-girls high school, but standing in their way is their strict choir mistress.
In May, Rorisang & The Gurlz was selected for the Stories x Women initiative from the Women in Animation organisation.
This is a programme hosted by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations, sponsored by Disney and supported by Triggerfish. It was also pitched at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market in June.
Lagos-based studio Basement Animation will also attend MipJunior, to discuss its new project Tech Timi Out, which is still in development.
Tech Timi Out (52×11’) is a comedy-adventure series for kids aged 6-10 that focuses on kids saving the world one invention at a time.
MipJunior 2022 will offer participants the opportunity to discover the latest kids content from around the world, view screenings and network with industry peers.