Earlier this year, The Ladima Foundation announced a partnership with Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) designed to bring training, development, and professional opportunities to women in animation across East Africa.
Let you Voices Roar is a 10-day animation workshop developed for women that will explore the theme of home and belonging, and how animation can be used to help one’s voice be heard, within and beyond the borders of their communities.
INCUBATE with Ladima & AAN:
Participants who complete the training with reasonable proficiency will be enrolled into the Ladima & African Animation Network (AAN) Incubation programme. They will go through a rigorous in-service training for a period of 6 months in their country of origin with our animation partners.
ACCELERATE with Ladima & AAN:
After completing the incubation course, the participant is selected for specialization and paired with a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) and/or Studio Partner for a period of 2 years. The participant continues to receive rigorous in-service training.
CLUSTER by AAN:
Strategic partnerships with top African studios from across the spectrum of digital content production will bring together experience and expertise to build a cluster of excellence whilst simultaneously building capacity and providing a turnkey solution offering.
The training will be led by Comfort Arthur, an award winning, British-born Ghanaian animator, illustrator and visual artist. She trained at the Royal College of Arts in London before moving to Ghana in 2012 to found The Comfy Studio. Her animated short film ‘Black Barbie’, is an international hit that has been screened at more than 50 film festivals around the world, earning multiple awards and high critical marks. In 2020 she published her first children’s picture book based on her short film ‘Black Barbie’.
Comfort is also Festival Director for FUPiTOONS, the African continent’s first film festival dedicated to short-form animation for kids.
Applications are now open for this training that will take place in Dar es Salaam from 17 -27 January, 2022 and is an intensive course facilitated by award-winning Ghanaian animator, Comfort Arthur. Only women residing in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda may apply here.
Applications will close on 23rd October 2021 and participants will be notified in writing if they have been accepted by November 17th 2021. Regional travel and specific participation expenses will be covered by the event partners, terms and conditions are available on the application form.