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The Algerian film "The Hunter & the Antelope" Won ASIFA Egypt's Prize in Cairo Kids Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 April 2012 01:07

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ASIFA Egypt's Prize

Dalila Nadjm recieving ASIFA Prize







For the first time ASIFA Egypt's Prize was presented during closing ceremony of Cairo International Children Festival and went to the Algerian film "The Hunter & the Antelope". The prize was recieved by Mme Dalila Nadjm, the president of FIBDA "Algiers Int'l Comics Festival".

The film was directed by the Cameroonian Narcisse Youmbi and produced by the Algerian Djilali Beskri


Narcisse Youmbi, the director of the film with the producer

The Jury of Animation in Cairo Children Film Festival

Djilali Beskri, the preducer of the film

Nelson Shin, The President of ASIFA, in Egypt for first time in Africa! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:04

Nelson ShinAs the head of the animation jury in 21th Cairo Int'l Children Film Festival, the Korean Mr Nelson Shin, the presdient of the International Association of Animation Filmmakers (ASIFA) will be present in Egypt between 23rd-31st of March, 2012, to participate in many events and activities during the festival which considered to be the oldest in Africa & Middle East with its 20 previous editions.

Firstl of all, Mr Shin will be paid a tribute by the Egyptian Minister of the Culture, Dr Shaker Abdul Hamid, during the opening ceremony of the festival, next Friday 23rd of March, in the Big hall of the Egyptian Opera House in Cairo.

Secondy, Mr Shin will head the animation jury in the festival, which will include the Croatian Mrs Vesna Dovnikovic, the Secretary General of ASIFA, the director of ASIFA Croatia, Mrs Shwekar Khalifa, the Honorary Presdient of ASIFA Egypt, and Dr Mohamed Ghazala, the director of ASIFA Egypt. This jury will choose the Best Animated Film, plus award the Prize of ASIFA Egypt, which will be introduced to the best animated film from South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) the Prize is the trophy of ASIFA Egypt's logo which was made in Korea.cairo_children_festival

Thirdly, Mr Shin will head the forum "ASIFA: Around the World in 50 Years!" which will discuss the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Animation Filmmakers (ASIFA) , its history, its present activites, and its prospects for the future. In the forum will take part the members of ASIFA, at 1-3p.m at the Higher Council of Culture in Opera House district in Cairo, Wedensday, the 28th of March, 2012.

This trip is considered to be the very first one of Mr Shin to any African and Arabian country, and it is considered to be a new step of ASIFA in Africa.

A successful Animation Workshop in Fine Arts Faculty in Luxor PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 March 2012 04:31

During four days, with the students of the Fine Arts Faculty of Luxor, an animation workshop organized by ASIFA Egypt, with international animators from France & India. The result of the workshop was screened in the closing ceremony of Luxor African Film Festival on the 28th of February, 2012, as beside-workshop of the festival.

Watch the documentary of the animation workshop

Luxor African Film Festival celebrates 75th Anniversary of the African Animation with ASIFA Egypt PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:42


     ASIFA Egypt is honored to be a partner with the organizers of the 1st edition of Luxor African Film Festival to celebrate "the Diamond Jubilee" of the African animation, in occasion of passing of 75 years since the first public screening of animation made in Africa in Cinema Cosmos in downtown of Cairo on·  8th February, 1936.

The inaugural Luxor African Film Festival will take place from 21st to 28th February in the city of Luxor, Egypt. Luxor is described as the "Biggest Open Museum of the World, since it contains a large share of the world's historical monuments, including the temples of Thebes, Luxor, Karnak, and lady pharaoh Hatchepsut. Luxor is also famous for the Valley of the Kings with the grave of the Boy-King Tutenchamun.

The festival’s mission is to support and encourage African film productions and partnerships between the countries of the continent through strengthening the humanitarian and political ties between the peoples of Africa in general and African artists in particular.

ASIFA Egypt will be in charge of organizing of a retrospective of African animation since the first films which were produced in Egypt by Frenkel Brothers in 1930s and Moustapha Alassane from Niger who added his contributions since 1960s, and who is considered to be the "Godfather" of the African animation. in addition to animated films from 15 African countries.

For further information please visit the website:

The International Animation Day 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 12:17

for the fourth time ASIFA Egypt sharing the happiness of the animation with the fans around the world. for the second time in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, ASIFA Egypt celebrates the International Animation Day in 23th of October 2011 in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina- Alexandria- Egypt.

Earlier this October, ASIFA Egypt taken part with its programs in this event in China, Algeria and Cape Verde.. and later in Colombia. Some members of the African chapter of ASIFA orgianzed shows in Mali, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon.

this year we host in Bibliotheca Alexandrina the French animation as guest country, in attendance of Lisa Klemenz, the french animator.

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Animation Day in Nariobi/ Kenya 

OCT 23rd 2011. As part of the Kenya International Film Festival (KIFF) 2011, ASIFA Egypt screened Animation from Africa: Celebrating 75 years of African animation at the Shimei House venue in Kenya. The event was organized by ASIFA Egypt member Kwame Nyong'o on a lovely Sunday afternoon in the great climate of Nairobi. Children, adults, students, jury members, festival directors and animation fans from all walks of life, and from all over the region, were there to add spice to this growing African film festival.

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"Animated films by Kids" shows in BIBALEX ! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2011 02:26

Kids AnimationAnimation by children is a new gender of animated films, comes up with the new era of digital media. Many animators around the world dedicate their efforts to teach kids how to make their own stories in animating way.

ASIFA Egypt will organize with Bibliotheca Alexandrina two forums of animated films made  by children, under supervision of adult facilitators.

The first  forum will take place on  26th of June, gathering trainers and kids who made films in the show. the guests of the forum, Ahmed Al Ashwah, ASIFA member and director of A4KIDS studio, and Shreef Al Sayed, director of awarded film with children.

The second forum will be held on the 3rd of July, hosting the Spanish Animation Director: Coké Riobóo, to show and talk about his experience in working with children.

Don't miss it with your kids!

Location: Auditorium- Bibliotheca Alexandrina- Alexandria- Egypt
Time: ‎7:00PM Sunday, June 26th 2011 RSVP Facebook

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Mohamed El Zawawi, the father of Libyan Cartoon, 1936-2011 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2011 01:03

Mohamed Al Zawawi -Libya Libya -one of the most famous cartoonists in the Arab world; the Libyan artist, Mohamed Al-Zawawi, died Sunday 5th of June 2011 at age 75. He considered to be the father of Libyan comics, cartoon, and animation since 60s.

Born in Benghazi 1936, 1,050 kms east of Tripoli,Al-Zawawi, who founded his own satirical arts school with a reputation that has spread beyond the borders of his country, was endowed with great abilities and great talent for satirical ideas about the contemporary socio-political issues.

Many Libyan and Arab artists and satirists were trained at his school, and Libyans described Al-Zawawi as an artist who has touched their daily concerns.

The deceased began his artistic career in 1963, working as a director and cartoonist in the Art de la Radio magazine in Tripoli, where he published his first drawings.He had an extremely lively and accomplished cartooning style, which he passed onto various students acartoon El Zawawind future cartoonists at a satirical arts school he founded in Tripoli. He was well-regarded in the region and published outside of Libya given various opportunities. He engendered to express a common man's position in his editorial work.

The first steps towards animation in Libya were made by Al-Zawawi, who was asked by the national Libyan TV in the beginning of 1980s to make a series of animated episodes. One episode named "Hajj Nakad" on which he worked with the collaboration of a studio in England, and another 45 minutes film "Joha's Diary" which he finished in Japan. The episodes in a critical manner discussed the Libyan society.

Ihab Shaker designs ASIFA's Int'l Animation Day Poster 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 March 2011 11:53

Ihab ShakerOn the 4th of March, the Board of ASIFA elected an Egyptian animator to create the poster for the 10th International Animation Day 2011―their first time choosing an artist from Africa or the Arab world to achieve that honour.

This election has symbolic meaning, and not only because of the fact that Ihab Shaker (b. Cairo, 1933) ―the chosen artist―is really a great artist, or just in solidarity with the peaceful victory of the Egyptian revolution of January 25, against the dictatorship, which was described by President Obama as “inspiring”. IAD2011_Ihab_ShakerOn top of all this, an Egyptian was elected to design the annual poster of the international day of the animated art to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Egyptian animation, celebrating the first public showing of locally-made animation in the whole of Africa.

Ihab Shaker directed many animated films in Egypt beginning in 1968 (The Bottle) and then moved to France, where he met and worked with the French pioneer Paul Grimault (Walt Disney's French and equally celebrated counterpart, as Shaker addressed in one of his interviews) who helped Shaker to direct his work entitled Un Deux Trois, which earned Shaker the prestigious Prix de Qualité (1973). Later, Shaker became the first Egyptian and African member of ASIFA. Then he returned home, though he would revisit France intermittently. Once he was a member of the jury in Annecy (1993).

ASIFA launched a global event to celebrate the art of animation in 2002. October 28th was proclaimed as « International animation day » (IAD), commemorating the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris in 1892.

Monday, 14 February 2011 02:40

Salute to the souls of the martyrs and the heros of the Egyptian Revolution

William Kentridge, the Magician of the African Animation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 02:00

In November 2010, the South African artist & animator William Kentridge has been awarded the 2010 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, becoming the first African recipient of Japan's highest private award for global achievement.

The awards, now in their 26th year, are regarded as Japan's equivalent of the Nobel awards. Only three prizes are given each year, in the categories of Arts and Philosophy, Advanced Technology, and Basic ...Sciences.

The prizes honour "significant contributions to the betterment of humankind" and each comes with a cash award of 50-million yen (about 700.000$US).

Kentridge was born in Johannesburg on 30 November 1954, perhaps best known for his animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. He continues this process meticulously, giving each change to the drawing a quarter of a second to two seconds' screen time. A single drawing will be altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. These drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art.

ASIFA Egypt will have honor to present animated films by Kentridge in its monthly program in Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 30th of January, 2011. This program wouldn't be possible without the generous contributions of the staff of William Kentridge's Studio in Johannesberg, and Art21 for Contemporary Art in New York.