African Animation Festivals

When it comes to animation in Africa,

Animation Festivals in Africa

Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF)

South African Film Festival.

2. Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia)

The Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia)

3. FUPiTOONS African Animation Festival

4. African Animation Festival (ANIMAFRIK)

ANIMAFRIK is an animation festival dedicated to African and Caribbean animation and designed to promote its  Art and animation. The festival projects films by African and Caribbean Animators on the continent and in the Diaspora. The festival has screening sessions, workshops and conferences.

5. Lagos International Festival of Animation (LifAnima)

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 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.

6. Africa Animation Awards

  • Origin: Kenya

The Africa Animation Awards is a pan-African Animation Festival taking place in Nairobi, Kenya which a broad vision of being of a vehicle that brings the best African perhaps never-before-seen animation stories to the world for people to laugh more harder.

The Festival is designed to encourage the creation of more local African content, identify the best-emerging talent, creators, writers and provide a platform to present the best quality content to the world. We are the first and the only dedicated African Animation Festival on the continent to do such a festival with a programme that has something for everyone.

7. Kenya Animation Festival

8. Yaoundé African Cinema Animation (CANIMAF) 

The African Cinema Animation (CANIMAF) is a festival dedicated to animation in all its forms and declension. Being the main cultural festival in Cameroon which honours animation, their directors and producers, it is bent o attaining many objectives as time goes by, which are :

  • Create a framework for expression and dissemination for African directors from within and without;
  • Create an artistic and cultural proposition for the African and Cameroonian public in particular;
  • Enable the discovery of new talents;
  • Encourage the development of Cameroonian animation and progressively set up an industry comprising all links of the production chain;
  • Set up on a database made of professionals, production studios, schools and other institutions;
  • Enhance creations associated with the “Jeun’anim” project which is activated for the production of films in schools;
  • Set a system to aid creation: scholarships, subventions, reading of scenario, project competitions, connecting project owners and financers;
  • Sign partnerships with international festivals; and
  • Be one of the international forums of cinema animation in Africa.

List of Animation Festivals in Africa

EventCountryOrganizersCore TeamYear Founded/Launched
Cape Town International Animation FestivalSouth AfricaAnimation South AfricaDiane Makings, Shani Campbell2012
Kenya Animation FestivalKenya
Accra Animation Film FestivalGhanaKadi Yao Tay, Diana Rosu2019
Africa Animation AwardsKenyaSeventy Two Media2019
Lagos International Festival of AnimationNigeriaMuyiwa Kayode, Kunle Ajose, Adebimpe Adebambo2016
FUPiTOONS African Animation FestivalSouth AfricaAfrican Animation NetworkComfort Arthur, Nick Wilson2018
Yaoundé African Cinema Animation (CANIMAF) Cameroon
African Animation Festival (ANIMAFRIK)GhanaSam Quartey
LogoKwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF)Tanzania
Cairo Animation ForumEgypt
RENDACON (Animation and Visual Effects Film Festival)NigeriaAyodele Elegba
Festuvak du Film d’Animation d’Abidjan (FFAA)Côte d’IvoireAbel N. Kouame, Mathilde Koblan