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About Avijozi

Animation, Visual Effects & Interactive Event


AVIJOZI is a free-of-charge festival that aims to connect creatives, technicians, software developers, AI researchers, artists, writers, directors, producers, students, VFX and animation studios, and industry enthusiasts from South Africa and beyond.

Creating platforms for collaboration – The festival aims to be the catalyst that sparks significant local and international interest in animation, VFX, and interactive spaces.

Whether you’re a seasoned industry professional or just starting, AVIJOZI has something to offer you.

Founder of AVIJOZI  / CEO Chocolate Tribe

Nosipho Maketo van den Bragt


An attorney, creative business entrepreneur and aspiring writer.

Nosipho is a multipotentialite that thrives in idea synthesis, rapid learning, and adaptability. With a passion for storytelling and breathing life into concepts in visually realistic ways, but also a passion for advocating strongly for creatives, Nosipho co-founded Chocolate Tribe in 2014. Nosipho has helped cultivate Chocolate Tribe into a professional Animation and VFX studio that not only produces work of the highest international standard, but with its over 20 years of industry experience, a studio that aspires to harness and develop the potential of young talent in the Animation and VFX industry. AVIJOZI is Nosipho’s latest brainchild. An initiative that is meant to create excitement, open up opportunities for young people from all walks of life and elevate this industry, so that young talent is cultivated within South Africa. As a co-founder and managing director of Chocolate Tribe, Nosipho continues to be an advocate for growth and development.

I look forward to seeing you at AVIJOZI 2023!

Thanks, Nosipho

Industry  Showcasing

Behind The Scenes, Masterclasses, Vendors, Artists,
Exhibition & Entertainment, Networking Events & Screenings


 

Animation has a rich history that has evolved significantly over time. It has become a mesmerizing medium for everyone, captivating audiences with the principles of performance, spacing, timing, squash, and stretch, which are fundamental to creating engaging and believable characters and scenes. At AVIJOZI we will be exploring various aspects of animation.

 

Remember the final battle in Avengers: Endgame? This scene involved multiple heroes, each with their unique powers, fighting against Thanos and his army in an epic showdown. The scene featured stunning VFX effects, including CGI characters, explosions, and massive destruction. It was a visually stunning scene that left audiences in awe.

 

Technology has been a driving force behind the evolution of gaming. With the introduction of powerful hardware and advanced software, games are now more immersive, visually stunning, and responsive. Interactive technology allows users to interact with digital content in real-time. It covers a wide range of technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.

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This Year’s speakers

Meet our industry experts


Faq

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Registering for AVIJOZI offers you several benefits such as:

1. Limited Space: Registration is essential to ensure we can accommodate all attendees and provide you with the best possible experience.
2. Guaranteed Attendance: By registering, you reserve your space at the festival, ensuring that you won’t miss out on any of the valuable content and opportunities available.
3. Access to Exclusive Content: AVIJOZI provides access to expert speakers, industry leaders, and thought-provoking sessions. By registering, you gain entry to a wealth of knowledge and insights that can help you grow personally and professionally.
4. Stay Informed: By registering, you’ll receive timely updates and information about the event, including any changes to the schedule, additional speakers, or exclusive resources. This ensures you stay up-to-date and fully informed about all the exciting aspects of the event.
5. Participate in Q&A Sessions: Registering for AVIJOZI allows you to actively engage in Q&A sessions with speakers and experts. This provides a unique opportunity to have your questions answered directly and gain deeper insights into the topics that matter to you.

Networking is very important in the animation industry, as it can lead to job opportunities, collaborations, and other professional connections. Attending industry events, joining professional organizations, and maintaining a strong online presence can all help with networking in the animation industry.

Yes, this year AVIJOZI will have an entire food court area, catering for vegetarian and halal options.
If you would like to be a food vendor please see below call for vendors, exhibitors & artists.

Animation is the process of creating the illusion of movement and change by creating a series of static images that are displayed in rapid succession. It involves the manipulation of drawn or digital images, characters, or objects to portray a story or convey an idea. VFX, on the other hand, refers to visual effects, which are created using computer-generated imagery (CGI) or other special effects techniques to enhance or alter live-action footage. VFX includes the integration of computer-generated images with live-action footage such as adding digital backgrounds or objects, creating explosions, or simulating natural phenomena like fire or water. In summary, animation is the creation of motion through the manipulation of 2D or 3D objects while VFX is the addition of digital or practical elements to live-action footage..

Potential career paths in animation include working as an animator, storyboard artist, character designer, visual effects artist, motion graphics artist, or 3D modeler. Other related careers may include game design, film and television production, advertising, and web design.

Art: Drawing, painting, and other visual arts courses can help you develop your creativity. Animation involves working with software and computer programs, so a strong background in computer science can be advantageous. Mathematics: Animation requires mathematical skills to create graphics, calculate movement and timing, and create 3D models.

There are many software programs used for VFX, including Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya, Houdini, Nuke, and Cinema 4D.

The future of interactive technology is likely to include more advanced artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and continued integration of technology into all aspects of our lives. It is also likely to include ongoing discussions about how to balance the benefits and drawbacks of interactive technology.

The Map


Download Event Programme Below


PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Ian Mangenga

Future Proofing the Creative Industry

  11:45 a.m - 12:45 p.m
Melanie Beisswenger, Thabo Rametsi, Sabelo Ndumo, Lavina Ramkissoon, Trevor (NEMISA) Explore the path to resilience in the creative industry with our upcoming talk on what the future for creatives looks like.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Kyle Sibanda

Is the SA Animation, VFX & Interactive Curriculum Up to Date?

  3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m
Mocke Jasen Van Veuren, Dr.Bronwyn Horne (TAS), Open Window, Rachel van Rooyen (Wits), Brandon Liebenberg (City Varsity), Chocolate Tribe, Mounia Aram (Gobelins), Trevor Rammitlwa (NEMISA), Judith Evans (Eduvos), Palesa Masuku. An essential check-in with specific institutions & regulatory bodies responsible for curriculum standards in South Africa.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Thabo Rametsi

Cutting it as a Director

  4:45 p.m - 6:00 p.m
Mandla Dube, Jaron Clegg, Gale Maimane, Godisamang Khunou, Athi Petela. Learn the essential skills and strategies for success in the world of directing in the illuminating talk.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Beverly Toweett

WAVI: Empowering Female Directors: Fostering Inclusion

  10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m
Athi Petela , Gale Maimane, Daniel Snaddon, Godisamang Khunou. Discover how WAVI is leading the charge in empowering female directors and fostering inclusion in the industry
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Nikki Maistry

How Safe is the Creative Space?

  11:30 a.m - 12:45 p.m
Eduardo Pena, Camille Eden, Zama Mfusi , Alistair Johnson
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Isaac Magojane

The Business of Animation

  3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m
Gain insights into the thriving business of animation, where we’ll explore the industry’s key trends, opportunities, and strategies for success.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Joy Mawela

Funding the Creative Industry – Bridging the Gap

  10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m
Kagisho Bapela (IDC) , Nadine Cloete ( NFVF) , Nelly Molokoane (DTIC), Nthabiseng Phora (GFC) , Francina Ntsimane (GDED).   Uncover innovative approaches to bridging the funding gap in the creative industry.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Nthabiseng Phora?

Pitching Panel

  11:30 a.m - 12:45 p.m
Nadine Cloete (NFVF), Isabelle Rourke (ASA), Moderator: Nthabiseng Phora?
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Palesa Masuku

Do Stakeholders Understand the Impact of their Work on Internships?

  2:15 p.m - 3:15 p.m
SETA, Mocke Jasen Van Veuren, Chocolate Tribe, Beverly Toweett, Bronwyn Horne, NFVF, Intern.   Explore the critical question of whether stakeholders truly comprehend the profound impact of their work on internships.  
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Lebohang Kganye

Visual Arts Global Compass

  4:45 p.m - 6:00 p.m
Navigate the global landscape of visual arts with precision and purpose.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Michael Howard

Chocolate Tribe: From Concept to Screen

  10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m
The Animation School & Netflix Grant Recipient: Praise Monteidi.   Join us on an illuminating journey where we demystify the creative process in the world of media and entertainment.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Hilton Treves

The Craft of VFX Supervision

  1:00 p.m - 2:00 p.m
Delve into the intricate world of VFX supervision and master the craft of bringing visual effects to life.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Fidel Namisi

Storytelling Masterclass

  3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m
Unlock the art of storytelling in our exclusive Storytelling Masterclass, where you’ll learn the techniques and secrets to captivate audiences.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Taija Hartwig

Figure Drawing in Animation

  4:45 p.m - 6:00 p.m
Explore the art of figure drawing and its pivotal role in animation during our immersive talk.
TOON BOOM
TOON BOOM

TOON BOOM

Immerse yourself in the world of animation at the Toon Boom Exhibition, an artistic showcase of Harmony and Storyboard Pro.
THE ANIMATION SCHOOL
THE ANIMATION SCHOOL

THE ANIMATION SCHOOL

The Animation School welcomes all parents and students to explore the wonderful world of Animation.
OPEN WINDOW
OPEN WINDOW

OPEN WINDOW

Named one of the best creative educational institutions across Africa and the Middle East.
LUMA
LUMA

LUMA

Luma, a renowned animation studio in Johannesburg, specializes in character animation and brings creative visions to life.
WAVI
WAVI

WAVI

Women in Animation, VFX and Interactive Technology.
NFVF
NFVF

NFVF

The National Film and Video Foundation provides funding for the development, production, marketing, and distribution of films.
GUSTO
GUSTO

GUSTO

Superior Xsens motion capture technology, optimized for human movement.
EDUVOS
EDUVOS

EDUVOS

Eduvos, voted the best private higher education provider in South Africa
GOAT GAMING
GOAT GAMING

GOAT GAMING

Hosting Fifa and Mortal Kombat PS5 tournament.
The Continuum
The Continuum

The Continuum

Virtual production green screen and 360 VR Film Experiences.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Chris Kilshaw

DNEG: The Making of Nimona

  09:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m
Join us for an exclusive look behind the scenes as DNEG unveils the creative journey and craftsmanship involved in bringing “Nimona” to life.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator:Vulani Mthembu

Creating a Sustainable Gaming industry in Africa

  12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m
Kim Chulu, Vulani Mthembu, Yolanda Magatusi, Thabo Tsolo.   Discover the path to sustainability and growth in Africa’s gaming industry as we explore strategies and opportunities.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Rethabile Ramaphale

NETFLIX: Directing Miseducation

  1:15 p.m - 2:15 p.m
Join in for a fascinating journey from script to streaming as we take you through the process of bringing creative visions to life.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Tiaan Franken

CHOCOLATE TRIBE: Creature Feature Animation

  2:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m
Dive into the enchanting world of creature feature animation, where creativity knows no bounds, in this exclusive presentation.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Prof. Melanie Beisswenger

Evolving the Art of Animation

  09:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m
Insights on 3D character design, animation, and development in both cartoon and VFX, as she addresses style challenges and examines design, art, and tech trends.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Eduardo Pena

Concept Art Masterclass

  1:15 p.m - 2:15 p.m
Unleash your creativity and refine your concept art skills in our exclusive Concept Art Masterclass.
PRESENTER
PRESENTER
Kim Chulu

KIMARD: Gaming Development Masterclass

  10:45 a.m - 11:45 a.m
Embark on a gaming development journey like no other with KIMARD in their exclusive Gaming Development Masterclass.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Ian Mangenga

Is AI Taking My Job?

  12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m
Melanie Beisswenger, Mpho Primus, Rob van den Bragt, Vulane Mthembu.   Explore the impact of AI on the workforce and its potential implications for your career in the thought-provoking talk.
The Animation School
The Animation School

The Animation School

The Animation School welcomes all parents and students to explore the wonderful world of Animation.
Toon Boom
Toon Boom

Toon Boom

Immerse yourself in the world of animation at the Toon Boom Exhibition, an artistic showcase of Harmony and Storyboard Pro.
Open Window
Open Window

Open Window

Named one of the best creative educational institutions across Africa and the Middle East.
NFVF
NFVF

NFVF

The National Film and Video Foundation provides funding for the development, production, marketing, and distribution of films.
Luma
Luma

Luma

Luma, a renowned animation studio in Johannesburg, specializes in character animation and brings creative visions to life.
WAVI
WAVI

WAVI

Women in Animation, VFX and Interactive Technology.
Gusto
Gusto

Gusto

Superior Xsens motion capture technology, optimized for human movement.
Eduvos
Eduvos

Eduvos

Eduvos, voted the best private higher education provider in South Africa
Goat Gaming
Goat Gaming

Goat Gaming

Hosting Fifa and Mortal Kombat PS5 tournament.
The Continuum
The Continuum

The Continuum

Virtual production green screen and 360 VR Film Experiences.

The Vendors


Vendors at AVIJOZI

UJ Arts Centre APK location

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