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Celebrating the French Touch at the Cape Town International Animation Festival




The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is proud to announce its participation in this year's Cape Town International Animation Festival, which is to be held from 8 to 10 March at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. The festival promotes collaboration between the French and South African animation industries.

IFAS welcomes the prestigious School of Images Gobelins (Ecole des Gobelins) to participate in this year's festival. Special guests Cécile Blondel, Head of International Relations, and Moïra Marguin, Head of Animation at Gobelins, will be in attendance.

The festival will be opened with a screening of "Dilili in Paris", directed by Academy Award-winner Michel Ocelot. The line producer of the film, Eve Machuel, will join us for the opening and on Sunday 10 March for a discussion.



Cape Town Animation Film Festival is the only animation festival on the African continent. It offers a competition of feature films and short films, workshops, masters classes, conferences, workshops, networking sessions and an exhibition space. The festival offers South African animators an opportunity to network with professionals from other African countries and major international markets.



For almost 50 years, Gobelins has been a global reference in the fields of visual creation from image design to image production. Their areas of expertise are animated filmmaking, graphic and motion design, photography, interactive design, printed and digital communication, video gaming, video and sound. In February 2019, their graduation film "Best Friend", selected at the Annie Awards 2019 in Los Angeles (the Oscars equivalent regarding Animation) won the "Best Student Film" prize.

In 2019, Gobelins and Tshimologong Precinct have started collaborating on a curriculum to develop the first animation programme in Johannesburg, within the Digital Content Hub.




Opening screening "Dilili in Paris", director Michel Ocelot
Q&A with the producer Eve Machuel, from North West Production
Thursday 7 March, 18:00 - Labia Theatre

Storytelling masterclass with Cécile Blondel (Les Gobelins)
How to develop a story?
Friday 8 March, 10:00-13:45 - Tugela Space // on March 9th at the Animation School

The Animation industry in France with Moïra Marguin (Les Gobelins)
Market specificity, what is the French Touch and training methods
Friday 8 March, 13:00-14:00 - Orange Room

"Road to Annecy" Pitch Competition
in partnership with NFVF and Annecy Animation Festival
Saturday 9 March, 12:00-13:45 - Orange Room

Presentation of the new co-production agreement between France and South in Audiovisual industry
Date and time to be confirmed

Screening of Gobelins student films
Followed by Q&A
Sunday 10 March, 11:00-11:45 - Orange Room

Discussion with Eve Machuel (Nord-Ouest Films Production)
Dilili in Paris' insights and making-of
Sunday 10 March, 16:00-16:45 - Orange Room




Cécile Blondel
Head of International Relations at Gobelins


After spending 5 years in the audiovisual industry as a special effects artist specialized in prosthetics for cinema and theatre, Cécile studied and worked in the field history of art. From 1989 to 1995 she has been lecturer in Cultural History and associate researcher. She taught at La Sorbonne and Science Po Paris.
From 1995 she taught as a lecturer in French and European Art and Cultural History and at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and then for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
She has been the Head of International Relations at Gobelins since 2012, where she is in charge of International Programmes: Summer Schools and Master of Arts in Character Animation.


Moïra Marguin
Head of Animation of Gobelins


Graduated in 1994 from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD, Master) she directed her first short CGI animated film, which was selected at SIGGRAPH 1996 ("Histoire de crayon"). She then worked over 10 years as a CGI artist on various projects (commercials, music videos, documentaries, series, etc.). In the meanwhile, she developed her educational experience coaching ENSAD students' projects and teaching CGI at Supinfocom Valenciennes. In 2003, she contributed to the Disney-Salvador Dali "Destino" CGI film project, in the Paris Disney company. From August 2003 to April 2010, she set up and managed the digital department of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Since May 2010 she is the head of the Animation department of GOBELINS, She also holds the position of Vice President of the RECA (French Animation School Network).


Eve Machuel
Line Producer

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Eve Machuel began her career as entertainment worker in cinema. She worked on several shootings as a Production manager. It was in this context that she met Christophe Rossignon and Philip Boeffard, at the cinema company Lazennec. When MM. Rossignon and Boeffard decided to set up their own film company, Eve took the opportunity. She stoped temporary work on shootings, to become permanent employee at Nord-Ouest Films. Today, Nord-Ouest has a catalogue of about 40 films of which she's the Line producer.



Date: From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 March
Venue: Cape Town - River club Observatory

> Cape Town International Animation Festival
> School of Images Gobelins



The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
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T: 011 403 0458

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