More than a year ago, Unesco launched the Africa Animated! initiative. It is a project that brings together the resources and expertise for the production of cartoons for children in Africa. The idea is that there should be cartoons for children made by Africans themselves, which virtually do not exist.
Only foreign cartoons are shown on television. This is caused by a lack of funds for efficient production and a lack of know-how about computer animation.
Africa Animated was launched in the summer of 2004 with regional training programmes. At a later stage, an office is to be established where courses can be given. Workshops will also be given during the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Zanzibar (July 2005).
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