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Entires open for newly launched Ciclope Africa

Entires open for newly launched Ciclope Africa

Craft festival opens entries for first ever Africa-based Ciclope.

Ciclope, the international festival that recognises and rewards exceptional craft in moving image, is hitting the shores of Cape Town in 2018, in its first ever African regional leg. Ciclope Africa aims to shine a light on production excellence across the continent.

“We recently hosted the annual flagship festival in Berlin which saw a number of African entrants take home the metal, a testament to the calibre of work emerging from the continent," says Francisco Condorelli, director of Ciclope. "This bolstered our decision to host a regional leg of the show in Africa.”

Entries are now open locally, and applicants can upload their submissions via the festival's website. The final round of judging and the awards ceremony will take place at Cape Town’s new critically acclaimed contemporary art museum, Zeitz MOCCA, on Tuesday April 10.

The jury panel is formed by a selection of local and global talents, including, among others;

Fran Luckin (Grey Africa)

Teboho Mahlatsi (The Bomb)

Alistair King (King James)

Amy Allais (Ola! Films)

Ralph Laucella (O Positive, US)

Trish Russell (AMV BBDO, UK)

Debra Stubbs (Groundglass)

Kim Geldenhuys (0307)

Yash Deb (Isobar, Kenya)

Michelle Corney (Final Cut)

Antoine Bagot (Ogilvy Paris)


“Zeitz MOCCA was the natural choice for Ciclope Africa, as its values – promoting creativity and intercultural understanding through elevating artists – so closely align with our own,” added Condorelli, pictures above.

Ciclope Africa’s Grand Prix and best works in each category will receive an automatic entry as finalists into the flagship annual festival, which will be hosted in Berlin on November 8 and 9 2018.

For the past eight years, Ciclope has provided a platform for directors, creatives, artists, producers and brands to celebrate exceptional work, share knowledge and be inspired: “We are excited to turn the world’s attention to African talent, which has been largely underrepresented on the global stage," says Condorello. "Our aim is to celebrate and elevate this talent through the Ciclope platform; exclusively dedicated to promoting excellence in craft, and with awarding categories such as Cinematography, Animation, Production Design, and more.”

Ciclope Africa is part of a series of regional events that will continue on May 31 with Ciclope Latino, which will take place in Mexico City.

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