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Today, African animation - A Tribute to Animation from the African Continent

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We have to accept the fact that over the course of the past 15 years, few African movies have found their way into Annecy’s official selection. This program thus aims to examine this state of affairs.

From the Blackheart Gang’s astonishing and singular The Tale of How, Annecy 2007 special distinction, to Machini, the engaged and engaging proposal by Frank Mukunday and Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala, part of the Annecy 2020 competition, this program definitely communicates the variety and potentiality of a newly surfacing type of filmmaking.

Strong personalities have emerged, starting with Naomi Van Niekerk, 2016 "Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a First Film for An Ordinary Blue Monday, or Comfort Arthur, whose Black Barbie offers a reflection on identity, a precursor to numerous other subsequent works.

And to nicely book-end the program, the films Because You’re Gorgeous and Belly Flop titillate us with the popular prospects offered by the development of an African animation industry.

Marcel Jean

Artistic director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival



  • Because You're Gorgeous

    South Africa - Brent DAWES

  • The Tale of How

    South Africa - THE BLACKHEART GANG

  • Black Barbie

    Ghana - Comfort ARTHUR

  • 'n Gewone blou Maandagoggend

    South Africa - Naomi Classien VAN NIEKERK

  • Hisab

    Ethiopia - Ezra WUBE

  • Azumah: The Ghanaian Hero

    Ghana - Nii Ofei-Kyei DODOO

  • Arid

    South Africa - Charl VAN DER MERWE

  • Machini

    Congo (The Democratic Republic of the), Belgium - Frank MUKUNDAY, Trésor TSHIBANGU - TETSHIM

  • 3 Teaspoons of Sugar

    South Africa - Dr Tshepo P. MAAKA, Kabelo MAAKA

  • My Mamma Is Bossies

    South Africa - Naomi Classien VAN NIEKERK

  • Belly Flop

    South Africa - Jeremy COLLINS, Kelly DILLON