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The Cape Town International Animation Festival is proud to present a collection of the best short films screened at the last 5 years of CTIAF’s events.  Viewers can enjoy independent and commercial work presented from a variety of African studios.  Expect unique art, heartwarming stories, experimental animation and a variety of disciplines in this collection. Make sure to bring your popcorn, settle in and enjoy the best of African Animation!

Mae Gŵyl Animeiddio Ryngwladol Cape Town yn falch o gyflwyno casgliad o'r ffilmiau byrion gorau a sgriniwyd yn ystod 5 mlynedd diwethaf o ddigwyddiadau’r ŵyl. Gall gwylwyr fwynhau gwaith annibynnol a masnachol a gyflwynir o amrywiaeth o stiwdios Affricanaidd. Gallwch ddisgwyl celf unigryw, straeon i godi calon, animeiddio arbrofol ac amrywiaeth o ddisgyblaethau yn y casgliad hwn. Gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod yn dod â'ch popcorn, cwtsiwch i mewn a mwynhau'r gorau o Animeiddio Affricanaidd!

98mins, adv12+

Chapter Cinema  
Thursday 26th August 2021
Cinema 2 | 6pm
Mr Purple

Dir. Osama Abu Zaidhe | Egypt | 0:09:56 

This short Egyptian animated film directed by Osama Abu Zaidhe, explores the concept of freedom of choice, and emphasizes the need for diversity and its impact on our lives.The story is about the way authorities try to intimidate Mr.Purple and force him to conform to the standards they have decreed.


My Better World

Dir. Chris Morgan, Michael Clark and Johan Scheepers | South Africa | 0:08:32

Created by Fundi Films and Impact(Ed) International, with animations by Maan Creative, this is an episode taken from a new animated series that follows the exciting adventures of six African teens, as they navigate the complex challenges of school, family and friendship.

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Rocket Boys 

Dir. Karien Benz, Claire Murphy, Justin Pedersen, Liam Barnwell, Zubair Ismail, Makushla Holmes | South Africa | 0:04:45 

A graduation film produced by a group students at The Animation School, Rocket Boys is vivid tearjerker about two brothers on a journey across a desolate earth to find passage on a rocket ship to the stars.


Dir. Artists: Alexander Dewar, Christopher Masuabi, Moegamad Adams, Stefan van der Sandt, Thabang Chuene, Mahendrie Govender, Carike Cronje | South Africa | 0:04:13

Produced by graduating students at The Animation School, this short is about an energetic puppy who makes some coffee for his lazy kitten friend in order to play with her. The caffeine kicks in and they both begin to play, but as the days go on things spiral out of control…

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Bru & Boegie

Dir. Mike Scott | South Africa | 0:03:00

Created by Mike Scott, Bru & Boegie is a series of episodes about two best friends in underpants who live in South Africa and get up to nonsense. In this episode, Bru decides they need to make some bucks by playing a gig, but Boegie doesn’t know how to play the bass. Comical hijinks ensue.


Dir. Mike Scott | South Africa | 0:02:04

Created by Mike Scott and produced at Triggerfish Animation Studios for the Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program and later picked up for a first season which was produced at Minds Eye Creative, Moosebox is a quirky upbeat series of episodes about the endless adventures of dynamic duo Moose and Catbox.

The Diver

Dir. Daniéla de Lange | South Africa | 0:02:17 

Created by the all women studio, We Are Batch, The Diver is about an insecure young woman who is self-conscious about her passion for diving. What she does and what she loves are two separate things. What she does comes at the cost of what she loves. She loves diving. This love demands an uncomfortable amount of self belief, perseverance and emotional investment. Insecure as she is, she does what she loves in isolation. In this way, the diver represents the things we truly love, but rarely get to, because we are so consumed by what we do.

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Dodgy Links

Dir. Rogan van den Berg | South Africa | 0:01:02 

Created by Feral Child studio, Dodgy Links a about a gullible and not so internet savvy office employee who falls for the very common spam pop-up of "you are the lucky 999 999th visitor on this website!". The consequence of this, however, is quite different for this unlucky circular thing.

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My Mum’s Bonkers

Dir. Naomi van Niekerk and Arnaud van Vliet| South Africa | 0:03:23 

An adaptation of the poem 'My mamma is bossies' written by Jeanne Goosen, created with sand and silhouettes by the duo known as Dryfsand. This is a melancholic poetry film about the loss of a mother and a flawed relationship between daughter and child, recited by the well-known South-African actress Elize Cawood, to the ‘Aria O Mia Babbino Caro’ by Puccini.

Last Train Home

Dir. Gerhard Human  | South Africa | 0:03:58 

Created and directed by the artist Gerhard Human in his iconic cult graphic novel style, Last Train Home is a story of youth, revolt and demise, following the lyrics from the titular song made by British composer, Benjamin Stefanski, best known by his recording alias Raffertie.

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Black and White

Dir. Nella Addy  | South Africa | 0:03:43 

Abstract and vividly graphic, this music video was created for Jack Parow and Gangs of Ballet’s song ‘Black and White’ by the studio Feral Child, who expertly translated the intensity of the lyrics while weaving the EP’s thematic colours all through the frames.

Ruby and Roach

Dir. Erentia Bedeker | South Africa | 0:08:48 

Directed by Erentia Bedeker, this paper cutout short film is about two sale toys, cruelly rejected by the buying public because they are different, plan a daring escape and end up somewhere unexpected.


Dir. Alexander Gilfillan | South Africa | 0:02:27 

Taking place within a storybook and adopting a 3D paper aesthetic, this dark short film created by Alexander Gilfillan ,is based on the famous fairy tale of Bluebeard by Charles Perrault.

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Mite-y Beard

Dir. Sarah-Leigh Burger, Clare Savage, Dominic Seeber, Megan Lentin, Marli Fraser, Stephanie Coles, Darian Stassen | South Africa | 0:04:04 

Produced as a graduation film by students from The Animation School, Mite-y Beard is a wholesome poetic short about love and beard hygiene, animated to a sweet medieval ballad.

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Belly Flop

Dir. Jeremy Collins and Kelly Dillon | South Africa | 0:04:52 

Directed by Jeremy Collins and Kelly Dillon from Triggerfish Studio, Belly Flop is the heart-warming story of Penny, a fearless young girl learning to dive, unperturbed by a talented diver who keeps stealing the spotlight.

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Dir. Bronwyn Horne | South Africa | 0:02:46 

An experimental animated short film that uses a hybrid production technique. The result is a paper animation that incorporates 3D animation, laser engraving, cutting and stop motion. The film explores the relationship between stillness and movement in animation using Chronophotography both for inspiration and understanding.

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Three Teaspoons of Sugar

Dir. Kabelo Maaka and Dr Tshepo P. Maaka | South Africa | 0:13:47 

In a household where mealtimes are a delightful feast full of bonding, fellowship & good eating, 3 members of this tight knit family are diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus. This film chronicles their individual experiences living with Diabetes - the highs, lows, defeats, victories and lessons. Inspired by real events and real people.

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Um Presente Special

Dir. Nildo Essá | South Africa | 0:06:24 

Lili, Stretch and ZéGordo, AKA, the Troublemakers, decide to surprise their friend Rosita by decorating her school for the neighborhood's annual Christmas dinner, however, they don't expect to deal with Stinky who is a jealous kid willing to spoil the decorations and the event altogether.

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A Little Bird told me about the ABC

Dir. Diek Grobler | South Africa | 0:05:17 

Fopspeen Moving Pictures collaborated with Internationally published and awarded illustrator Piet Grobler on “Little Bird's ABC”.  Based on the book "Little bird’s ABC" (Het vogeltjes ABC) by Piet Grobler.

Stories in Die Wind

Dir. Deidré Jantjies | South Africa | 0:04:00

A short film animation web series about a young girl finding her purpose.

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