Kenyan animator, scriptwriter and filmmaker Mark Njoroge Kinuthia came in second at the Cartoon Network Creative Lab competition that has been running for three months now.
The competition, which was searching for Africa’s next animation talent, was started in June 2018 as a pan-African call for pitch competition. The aim was to find African talents and bring to life local stories through animation as well as unearth talent from a range of backgrounds.
Kinuthia submitted an animation called ‘Majuto’ but lost to Nigeria’s Ridwan Moshood from his creation ‘Garbage Boy and Trash Can’ project.
The animation is about a self-proclaimed superhero who believes he has real superpowers, along with his sidekick, Trash Can, on their mission to fight for justice.
Kunuthia was glad his work was also recognized.
“My journey as an animator started off as a graphic novel artist, where I did comic books for various NGOs. But over time, I felt the need to bring my characters to life,” Kinuthia, who studied Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nairobi, said.
Out of more than 200 entries, a winner and two runners-up were revealed at last year’s DISCOP TV and film market for the Middle East and Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.