Spotlight on the 2017 projects

Spotlight
  1. Short Film Project
  2. TV series & special project

Summary

A year after the Mifa Pitch sessions, here's news about the development of some of the projects presented.

 

Short Film Project

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A Tiger with no Stripes

Project leader, director: Raúl Alejandro Morales Reyes
Mexico
2017 Mifa Pitches Partner Prizes: Animation du Monde Ciclic Prize and Folimage résidence jeune public Award

What struck you most about your Mifa Pitches participation?
I remember the first time I made the pitch, in a workshop. It was all over the place! Thanks to feedback and this first experience I was able to analyze my strengths and weaknesses and apply this to my final presentation. The Mifa Pitches represent a remarkable test of self-confidence, and provided a format and set-up that guided me for presenting my project to others. Thanks to winning two residence program awards I’ll be able to make my movie.

What phase of development is your project in now?
Today, I’m redoing the script, assessing it and deciding which points must be included in the story, and paring off what I judge to be less essential. Before advancing further, animatic tests will be done, to check both the tone and the technique.

How will the partners of your awards help in developing your project?
The Ciclic residence program will help me in the design of the short film book and preproduction. Folimage’s contribution is a big piece, since next year I’ll be able to produce the short with them as well as work on preproduction and festival exposure. Because of the Folimage prize I’m also in touch with the Fontevraud residence for developing the script. I was able to attend a workshop there under Michael Dudok de Wit and work for a month on the project.

A word about your participation in the Mifa Pitches?
This is a life-changer for directors like me who live in countries where the animation industry barely exists. What an excellent opportunity to partake of the world’s greatest animation festival, and to rub shoulders with potential producers, partners and others interested in the projects. For people who are bent on going as far as possible in making their movies, it’s pure gold to be the focus of those bright international spotlights and find resources to carry out their projects.

Find out more
Web site of Raúl Alejandro Morales Reyes
Projects of Raúl Alejandro Morales Reyes

Project for a TV special and series

Mama K’s Super 4

Mama K’s Super 4

Project leader: Malenga Mulendema

What struck you most about your Mifa Pitches participation?
The work sessions with the tutors and other participants were just full of information and help above and beyond the pitches. It’s marvelous to have fresh outlooks, advice and backing by real experts in the field. Also, it’s fantastic to learn from the other participants.

What phase of development is your project in now?
Right now, we’ve signed a development agreement with Cake Entertainment and a pre-buy option with a major broadcaster. We’re also reworking our pitch and the script line test with the new international writers approved by the broadcaster. After that, we’ll most probably develop a teaser and animatics.

A word about your participation in the Mifa Pitches?
Annecy is really the perfect place for pitching because there’s so much support there that you’ll be in great tone to deliver your finest pitch ever. For people like me – new to the animation industry – this is the best possible crash course. And I think that for those already versed in animation, Annecy represents an opportunity to draw inspiration from. There are plenty of opportunities to push your project forward, to cooperate and learn from so many different people from the world over.

Find out more
I’m a writer based in Lusaka, Zambia, but I work with Africa’s leading animation studio, Triggerfish Animation, located in Cape Town, South Africa. All project updates are on Triggerfish Studios’ website.
The drawings and pictures of the project are by Malcolm Wope, from Cape Town, South Africa. To see his work

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