JOHANNESBURG — With the final round of the first-ever pan-African animation pitching competition Friday night at Discop, the Annecy Int’l. Animation Film Festival and Market signaled its commitment to shoring up local partnerships to help develop the continent’s toon biz.
The French fest has been onboard with African animation since 2011, when it partnered with the French Institute and South African industry groups for the first Kunjanimation toon festival in Cape Town. Now it’s taken the collaboration a step further, by selecting two prize-winning projects at Discop to take part in Annecy’s prestigious Animation du Monde in 2018.
Geraldine Baché, head of projects a…