A fascinating but tiresome reaction we get at Squid Mag when we introduce people to animation from Africa is often utter shock and disbelief that there are people on the continent actively telling stories through the medium.
The inaugural Accra Animation Film Festival, which held at Basecamp Initiative from July 27 – August 2, 2019, was a refreshing reminder of the potential of African animation for us. There were some sweet surprises for us as well.
It was also a good intro to the nascent industry for animation enthusiasts in Accra who got to see first hand what we see: limitless possibility.
A number of animated projects from Africa featured at the festival. These were screened in the Animated Africa and Best of Cape Town International Animation Festival programmes. AAFFia’s Animated Africa program was a selection of films submitted to the festival and others the team of Kadi Yao Tay and Diana Rosu curated.
We’ve shared our top picks of animated projects from all the screenings at the Accra Animation Film Festival in the playlist below.
Some of our favorite African animation picks are not on YouTube but Vimeo or not online at all. In those instances, we’re reaching out to the creators for permission to upload their videos or trailers on our animation channel, Animation Africa.
Our Top African Animation Picks from AAFFia 2019
We’ve also listed each film with relevant links below the playlist.
- Belly Flop by Triggerfish Animation Studio (South Africa)
- The Day Morning Never Came by Magic Carpet Studios (Nigeria)
- A Kalabanda Ate My Homework by Creatures Animation (Uganda). We wrote about how A Kalabanda Ate My Homework is possibly the best animation from Uganda.
- A Valentine’s Story by Poka (Ghana)
- New Africa la Démo by Witi Animation (Cameroon)
- Bintimaji and the Ocean by Under the Microscope (Kenya)
- Dalili by Majiq Mud Animation (Kenya)
- Bru & Boegie by Mike Scott (South Africa)
- Lovemaker by Aruka Studios (Togo)
- Orange City by Vortex Animation (Nigeria)
- Freak the Fxxx Out by OBK Studios (Nigeria)
- Special Covert Unit Missio: Rush Hour by LOL Gh (Ghana
- Caged by Stanslaus Manthi (Kenya)
- Le Village Ensorcelé by Adamah Nyaga Hanvi (Togo)
- Toon for Thought by Colossal Toons (Ghana)
- Malika: Warrior Queen by Anthill Studios & YouNeek Studios (Nigeria)
- Bros Jamiu by Jimi Ojikitu (Nigeria)
- Ego Oyibo by Magic Carpet Studios (Nigeria)
- In My Hood by Moshood Ridwan Shades (Nigeria)
- Skelebe by Quadron Studios (Nigeria)
- Paper Angels by Kudzai Gumbo (Zimbabwe)
- Dumb Gems and Dragons by (South Africa)
- Creation by ed. (Ghana)
- Big Brother Chicken ad by Alula Animation (Zimbabwe)