A total of 114 short animated films were submitted to FupiToons Festival presented by the African Animation Network (AAN) in partnership with Cartoon Network & Ster-Kinekor.These short films were submitted from across the length and breadth of the African continent with submissions coming from; Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

Said Wendy Spinks, FupiToons Festival Director & Head of Content at AAN; “We’ve been astounded by the volume and quality of the submissions. We’re excited to announce the official selection of films. The festival covers a broad selection of animated shorts with something for everyone but, most importantly kids aged 2 - 12 years old."

FupiToons Final Selection:

Gyrow (Nigeria)
Machismo - The Substance (Kenya)
Is that believable? (Egypt)
Please Frog, just one sip (South Africa)
Snow (South Africa)
Way Better (South Africa)
Jabu's Jungle - Warthog (South Africa)
Becca & Bongani EP2 (South Africa)
The Parlotones - Stay A While, (South Africa)
Orisha's Journey (Ghana)
Crocodile River (South Africa)
Crumbs (South Africa)
Doodle Duo (Imagination Studios)
Llama Drama (Imagination Studios)
Smarter Phones (Imagination Studios)
The Great Escape (Imagination Studios)
Hatch (South Africa)
Monday Man EP1 - Seat Belted (South Africa)
Monday Man EP2 - Tapped out! (South Africa)
TheWoods - MaJozi Music Video (South Africa)
Bun & Bunee - A collection of 60 second shorts (South Africa )

NB: these films have been selected pending final certificate from the Film & Publication Board ratings and are subject to change.

Spinks continues; "Having received 114 submissions, it was extremely difficult to include everything into a FupiToons block whilst also conforming to the Film & Publication Board regulations for the festival age demographic. In future editions of Fupitoons Festival we intend to open the age demographic range up and have different blocks of content catering for a wider audience and variety of content”.

FupiToons Trailer:

The FupiToons Festival trailer will be flighted starting 13 October across all Gauteng theatres screening the animated feature film My Little Pony, including; Carnival City, Cedar Square, Cradlestone, Cresta, East Rand Mall, Eastgate, Greenstone, Mall Of Africa, Sandton and The Zone.

Initially it was planned for Fupitoons Festival to be hosted at Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank but, was then changed to Ster-Kinekor, The Zone, Rosebank. Lola Gallant, Head of Alternative Content, Ster-Kinekor, explains the methodology; “Initially we were expecting animated films of the arthouse genre which speaks to our Nouveau audience but, once we saw the quality of the submissions coupled with the intended commercial target audience for content of this type, the decision to change venues in line with the demographic of kids aged 2 - 12 years was simple.”

FupiToons Tickets:

FupiToons Festival will run at Ster-Kinekor, The Zone, Rosebank, Johannesburg over the following dates:

Friday, 27 October – 5:30pm
Saturday, 28 October – 2:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday, 29 October – 2:30pm

Delegates attending DISCOP Johanneburg, members of industry and media are invited to the Industry Premiere* which will take place on Thursday, 26 October - 7pm for 8pm. For details please contact Wendy Spinks or Nick Wilson below.

*Catering for the Industry Premiere is sponsored by The Animation School- the leading specialist animation training institution in Africa (www.theanimationschool.co.za), whilst wine has been generously sponsored by Treasure Chest - Transforming the wine industry one glass at a time (www.wineshows.co.za).



Wendy Spinks
Head of Content & FupiToons Festival Director
African Animation Network

Nick Wilson
Project Manager
African Animation Network