Six African short films are in the running to win an Oscar, selected from 63 qualifying films. The five finalists will be announced this Tuesday, 23 January 2018, with the awards scheduled for 4 March 2018 in Los Angeles.
Revolting RhymesÂ is one of the films shortlisted as well as South Africa and Senegalâs foreign film entries,Â The Wound and FeliciteÂ andÂ Jane, set in Tanzania, in the documentary category. The Ghana-setÂ KayayoÂ was shortlisted in the short documentaries category; and the Kenyan-setÂ Watu WoteÂ in short films.
Directed by Jakob Schuh (Oscar-nominated forÂ The Gruffalo) and Jan Lachauer (Oscar-nominated forÂ Room on the Broom) and co-directed by Bin Han To, produced by Martin Pope and Michael Rose,Â Revolting RhymesÂ is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blakeâs classic book of surprising fairy tales. Itâs voiced by a stellar cast that includes Dominic West (The Affair) as The Wolf; Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) as Red Riding Hood; and Gemma Chan (Humans) as Snow White.
African animation, among best in the world
Produced by Magic Light Pictures,Â Revolting RhymesÂ was animated at Magic Lightâs Berlin studio and Cape Townâs Triggerfish. The film has already won nine major international awards: the Cristal at Annecy in France, the worldâs premiere animation festival; Best Animation at the Bafta Childrenâs Awards; two awards at the European Animation Awards; Best Animated Short at TIFF Kids; Best Animation at the World Banff Media Festival in Canada; Best Storytelling at Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China; the Childrenâs Jury prize at the Chicago International Childrenâs Film Festival and the Audience Award at Filmfest Munchen.
Revolting RhymesÂ is also nominated for a prestigious Annie Award on 3 February 2018 in Los Angeles; a British Animation Award on 15 March in London; and an International Emmy Kids Award, which will be presented in April 2018.
âWhen we started Triggerfish 21 years ago, there was no animation industry in South Africa, so itâs amazing to have worked on a film which is now on the Oscar shortlist, for directors whose work weâve always admired,â says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. âThis shows again that African animation is now among the best in the world and we hope it will inspire many more people across the continent to consider animation as a career path.â
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