Dear African geeks, here’s a calendar literally called African Geek Calendar of events happening across the continent in 2020.
2020 is in full swing and so are the organizers of various geek events across the continent. Some organizers, such as ReedPop, AAFFia and Animation South Africa already announced dates and venues for their annual events in 2019.
In this post, we highlight all the geek events from e-sports, game development, design, virtual reality, comic conventions, animation festivals and more happening across Africa in 2020.
While we’ll do our best to update this post as more events are announced, kindly refer to our events calendar for up-to-the-minute updates with all the information you need.
Hello 2020 African geek calendar.
Global Game Jam 2020
From 31st January – 2nd February this year, game developers and game enthusiasts will get together for a weekend of community, ideation and building games. This is an annual event with hundreds of locations worldwide.
The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.
Discover all the jam sites in Africa at this link. Use the hashtag #ggj20 on social media to stay in the loop.
ICON is South Africa’s longest-running comics, gaming and popular culture convention.
Each year, ICON provides the best in pop culture retail and experiences, board gaming & tabletop warfare, cosplay competitions, national tournaments, educational panels, and, most of all, loads of fun!
Dates for Icon this year haven’t yet been announced but based on last year, it is expected to come off in April this year.
Cape Town Animation Film Festival
CTIAF is arguably the largest dedicated African animation Festival on the continent, with a selection of programmes for everyone. CTIAF screens the best of South African animation as well as animation from other parts of Africa and the world.
The festival is organised by Animation South Africa and features masterclasses, panel talks and artist alleys. Some speakers from the festival last year include Comfort Arthur (Director, FUPiTOONS Festival), Ramsay Noah (Spider-man: Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse), Moira Maguin (Head of Animation at Gobelins Animation School), Kabelo Maaka (Cabblow Studios) and Terence Ntsako Maluleke (Tako Universe) among others.
CTIAF will come off at the Cape Town Stadium from May 1 – 30 2020. This year’s edition of the festival is being organized in partnership with Comic-Con Cape Town. Stalk CTIAF’s website for updates.
Lagos International Festival of Animation (LIFANIMA 2020)
Lagos International Festival of Animation (LIFANIMA) is one of the major animation festivals on the African continent, hosted in Lagos which is home to Nigeria’s NOLLYWOOD, the world’s 3rd largest film industry.
LIFANIMA is an annual animation event which provides a platform for animators to interact with other stakeholders for optimum value creation and rapid growth of the animation film industry.
Lagos International Festival of Animation is dedicated to the promotion of Animation in Africa. The festival attracts the continent’s new generation of animators and visual effects talents and studios, as well as stakeholders in the film industry.
LIFANIMA will take place from 4th June to 6th June 2020 in Nigeria. Submissions to LIFANIMA are currently open. Submit your animation here.
FanCon Cape Town Comic Convention
FanCon Cape Town Comic Con is an annual comic book convention held in Cape Town, South Africa.
FanCon is Cape Town’s prized comic convention bringing together scores of comic book and pop culture geeks over a few days. The convention features an incredible artist alley showcasing local, national and international talent, a portfolio of award-winning guests (Brian Steelfreeze of Black Panther and Batman fame was one of the guests in 2019) as well as renowned and top-class cosplayers.
Visit FanCon’s website for more details.
Accra Animation Film Festival
The maiden Accra Animation Film Festival kicked off successfully last year and featured screenings from Africa in a specially curated program of African animation as well as screenings from other festivals such as CTIAF, Encounters Film Festival, Kaboom Animation Festival, Anim’est and more.
The festival also featured masterclasses and workshops from local and international facilitators such as ed. (Ghana), Somto Ajuluchukwu (Nigeria), Diana Rosu (Romania), Eyram Tawia (Ghana), Natasha Nayo (Ghana) and Roberto Moreno (Israel).
The festival is scheduled to take place in Accra from July 31st to August 2nd. No official venue has been announced yet. A call for submissions for African animation is currently open. More info on that here.