Some of the brightest talents on the African animation scene convened at ICON CGC (www.iconcgc.co.za) pop culture con in Johannesburg, South Africa to present their work live or over video as part of the Animation du Monde pitch competition. The first preliminary took place at the event over Easter weekend, crowning three winners.
In the end, the judges honored Pixel’s Plan by Cate Wood Hunter (South Africa), Into the Odd by Moshood Shades Ridwan (Nigeria) and Flying Low by Sean Steinberg & Sean Braam (South Africa).
The 27th ICON CGC also celebrated animation across the board, welcoming cosplayers as well as special engagements and panel discussions. Over 4,000 people attended the con, held at Emperors Palace, to share their love of pop culture and unpack the challenges facing South Africa’s, and the continent’s, entertainment industry.
The event also included the regional final for the World Cosplay Summit competition which saw two teams selected to represent South Africa (and by extension Africa) at WCS held in Nagoya, Japan in both 2019 and 2020. Out of eight teams competing, KinNeko Cosplay won the 2019 WCS slot and Team BakaYama will attend in 2020.