Animation, Design Industries can Expect full Immersion in Techniques & Tools at Cape Town International Animation Festival

The 2024 Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) takes place within Comic-Con Cape Town on the weekend of 27 and 28th April, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 2. 

As a gathering of animation professionals, students and serious enthusiasts, the Festival is a deep dive into the tools of the trade presented by creators, designers and storytellers and a meeting point for the industry to connect and explore ideas. 

Some of the highlights of the packed two day programme include: 

  • Nathan Stanton of Pixar fame and Bill Masuku (award winning comic book artist) will be giving a storyboarding workshop.
  • Storyboard Pro instructor Kim Bussaihn of Toon Boom will demonstrate how to use the programme
  • Free Lives, one of South Africa’s most successful indie games studios, known for titles such as GORN and Broforce, will share their journey and talk about how to get into game design. They’ll also reveal a sneak peak at their upcoming games, Stick it to the Stickman and Anger Foot.
  • Byron Tofas from Preymaker, the groundbreaking first 100% cloud-native creative VFX studio and creative technology company, will talk about compositing as a tool for storytelling.
  • Grant Steyn from Chocolate Tribe will showcase his amazing creature creation work and reveals his concept art for a taste of their upcoming projects.

Software creators Toon Boom, Autodesk and Chaos will be there to demonstrate storyboarding, 2D animation, Cloud production, workflow and Pipeline tips – as well as generative AI and Realtime render engines.

Students, and those finding their feet in the industry, will also have the opportunity to hear from Melissa Nzuza, External Operations Manager at Freelives, who will be presenting a talk called Are you on the right path on your animation career? The talk will include advice on getting into the games industry and related fields. She’ll also be doing a Freelives studio focus and networking game jam elsewhere on the programme. 

The ticket price for the CTIAF is R 850 which includes access to the full two day programme, finger lunches, breakfasts and “Hi” Teas. The price of the ticket includes access to Comic Con Cape Town with the first 30 people to arrive for the opening session on Saturday 28th April at 9 am, receiving a deluxe goodie bag.

Tickets are available now from Howler 

For more information and to see the full programme, visit 

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB | Actor | Armourer | Tech Enthusiast With over two decades in the film industry, I'm a seasoned actor and skilled armourer. I hold numerous certifications in acting and filmmaking, complemented by degrees and diplomas in IT and technology, giving me a unique blend of creative and technical expertise. When I'm not on set or in the workshop, you'll find me immersed in the world of gaming and VR, fuelling my passion for cutting-edge technology. Connect with me: X / Twitter Facebook Instagram Mastodon Threads Explore my work on SAMDB IMDb