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Lagos International Festival of Animation, LIFANIMA rounded off its 7th Edition with winners emerging in four categories. The three-day festival held at Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi Lagos, attracted key players in the creative industry, financial sector, government and diplomatic community.

The festival opened on Day 1 with screening of selected films from the 24 African countries that sent submissions for this year’s edition. The screening was followed by a panel session on Investment in Digital and Creative Enterprises, I-DICE initiative of the Federal Government. The program is a critical intervention in the creative and tech sector with a fund of $617 million which will soon be made available to enterprises in the sector. Top officials of Bank of Industry, managers of the fund were on the panel to throw more light on the program and answer questions from the audience which consisted mostly of practitioners in animation film and visual effects. The bank was represented by The Group Head, of the Creative Industry Group, Mr Promise George and National Coordinator of I-DICE, Mr Ifeoluwa Adebayo. Also on the panel were Mr Mbuotidem Johnson, MD of Basement Animation and Mr Sam Onyemelukwe, Senior Vice President, Global Business at TRACE TV.

Day 2 had Virtual Panel sessions which featured past winners of LIFANIMA Animation Awards. They are Tunde Oluwa of Black Ice Studios, Esther Kemi Gbadamosi of Radioxity Media, Richard Oboh of Orange VFX Studios and Sara Laubscher who won in the 3D Animation category at LIFANIMA 2019. That session was tagged The Winners ROUNDTABLE. This was followed by Ayodele Elegba of Spoof Animation, who spoke on Kickstarting Your Project, and threw light on the ways and means of fundraising for film production. The final session on the day was ANIMATION Production Pipeline with veteran American animation director, Artie Romero as Keynote Speaker.

On Day 3, the event opened with a well-attended Cocktail Party and screening of animation films. This was followed by the award ceremony. The Award for Best Visual Effects went to LOST IN THE EARTH, directed by Bukola Oluwadarasimi Samuel. The award was presented by Mr Segun Bankole, Deputy General Manager at Sovereign Trust Insurance. The award of Best Stop Motion Animation went to TRASH MONSTER directed by Miriam Nwosah, and presented by Mr Francis ONWOCHEI, veteran actor, producer and LIFANIMA jury member. COUNTING SHEEP directed by Isabella Bosmos won the award for Best 3D Animation and was presented by Dr Isa Omagu, Divisional Head of Large Enterprises at Bank of Industry. Best 2D Animation award went to AJAKA: LOST IN ROME directed by Ayodele Elegba and presented by Mrs Bukola Agbaminoja the Executive Secretary of Lagos Film and Video Censors Board. LIFANIMA has in the past 7 seven years grown to become one of the leading animation festivals in Africa attracting more than 1000 entries from more than 100 countries annually. The festival is presented by USP Brand Management in collaboration with the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board and the Embassy of France in Nigeria.

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POWERFUL PANEL SESSION. L-R: Mbuotidem Johnson, MD Basement Animation; Ifeoluwa Adebayo, National Co-ordinator I-DICE, Bank of Industry; Promise George, Group Head, Creative Industry Group, Bank of Industry; Sam Onyemelukwe Senior Vice President, Global Business, and Damola Adeniji both of TRACE TV.
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CEO, USP Brand Management and Festival Director, Muyiwa Kayode; National Coordinator, I-DICE,
Bank of Industry, Ifeoluwa Adebayo and MD, Basement Animation, Mbuotidem Johnson
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A cohort of Youth in Animation and Postproduction Initiative, YAPPI, a program of DelYork Creative Academy in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.
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L-R: Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mrs Bukola Agbaminoja; Winner of the Award for Best 2D Animation, Mr Ayodele Elegba, and Festival Director and CEO of USP. Rand Management, Mr Muyiwa Kayode.
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Divisional Head, Large Enterprises, Bank of Industry Dr Isa Omagu; Audiovisual Attaché, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Mr Christophe PECOT; Festival Director and CEO of USP Brand Management Muyiwa Kayode.

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