DISCOP Johannesburg 2018 will host a parallel Next Gen development and pitching program with a special focus on animation.
Developed in partnership with the African Animation Network, this year’s Next Gen agenda will shine a light on Africa’s animation industry. The program will ensure animators have access to essential information and the opportunity to capture the attention of key players in the industry. Dubbed DISComics, a pilot festival designed for animators will feature works in progress to be pitched in front of broadcasters, producers, distributors and advertisers seeking fresh talent.
“The factors which influence the emergence of a booming animation sector in Africa are numerous and the most obvious is talent,” said Nick Wilson, president of the African Animation Network. “However, the pressing challenge for these talents is how to accelerate their development and help them be ready for progression more quickly.”
“This year’s Next Gen agenda is a must-attend event that will once again create value and opportunities for independent producers attending DISCOP Johannesburg,” said Tim Mangwedi, DISCOP’s director for Sub-Saharan Africa. “As a platform focused on content business, our mandate is to help future generations of creators weigh their options, measure the challenges that lie ahead of them and assess the risk landscape.”
The next edition of DISCOP Johannesburg will take place from November 14 to 16.