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Ladima seeks animation training applicants

Applications are now open for free animation training for East African women organised by African non-profit organisation The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with Culture & Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF).

The 10-day animation workshop, tagged Let Your Voices Roar, will take place from January 17 to 27, 2022 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and will enable East African women to explore the theme of home and belonging, and how animation can be used to help one’s voice be heard, within and beyond the borders of their communities.

Only women residing in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda are eligible. Click here to apply.

The initiative will be facilitated by Comfort Arthur, the award-winning Ghanaian animator, illustrator, visual artist and festival director for FupiToons. Arthur’s animated short film Black Barbie is an international hit that has been screened at more than 50 film festivals around the world, earning multiple awards and critical acclaim.

Also on offer will be the Ladima & African Animation Network incubation programme for participants who complete the training with reasonable proficiency while engaging in a rigorous in-service training for a period of six months in their country of origin with various animation partners.

Participants will be selected for specialisation and paired with a small or medium-sized enterprise and/or studio partner for two years, while strategic partnerships will be built with top African studios from across the spectrum of digital content production.

Applications will close on October 23, 2021 and participants will be notified in writing if they have been accepted by November 17.

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Ladima, CDEA, KIAFF to train women

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.

Daniel Nyalusi

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.

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Ladima expands film academy

Pan-African non-profit organisation The Ladima Foundation has announced the expansion of its professional training and development arm, The Ladima Film Academy, in partnership with The DW Akademie.

The Ladima Foundation will expand and formalise its education and training offering for 2021 and beyond in order to commit to the professional development of women in film, TV and content across the African continent.

Building on the success of the two short courses in animation and documentary film that took place in Lagos in January, seven introductory online and on-site courses have been rolled out in various disciplines while also developing their intermediate courses.

The courses across the disciplines have been developed by experts with a particular focus on the African environment and also starting from a feminist perspective. They include documentary filmmaking, animation, editing, cinematography, producing, directing and scriptwriting.

The courses, which will be free to women, are expected to roll out in January 2021, followed by on-site courses in Lagos, Nigeria. The online courses will be open to all aspiring and emerging women professional filmmakers in Africa who are members of the Ladima Foundation’s online community and database of women professionals across the continent. Onsite courses will be primarily focused on Nigerian women but also open to others, depending on Covid-19 protocols.

The application process will open in November 2020 via the Ladima Foundation. For details, click here. To sign up to be part of the A-List community and also benefit from the knowledge resources, search functionality and networking opportunities, click here.

The Ladima Foundation has partnered with a number of respected organisations and professionals to develop and teach these courses.

These include British-Ghanaian animator Comfort Arthur who ran a short course on basic animation for the Ladima Foundation in January 2020 and will be developing the intermediate course as well as rolling out the online version of the introduction to animation in January 2021.

Selina Ukwuoma, Cait Pansegrouw and Mehret Mandefro from the Realness Institute will deliver the scriptwriting online course and e-learning production course.

Barry Braverman, a cinematographer who has extensive training experience across Africa, has developed the introductory and intermediate cinematography courses for Ladima.

Finally, Switch Media’s South African duo Kate Boswell and James Tayler are the experts behind the documentary, editing and directing curriculum development courses.

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