Where do the big shots of Africa’s animation scene hang out?

Fan of animation? The International Animation Film Festival in Meknès is made for you! Co-hosted by the Aicha Foundation and the French Institute of Meknès, the festival opens its doors between the 17th and 22nd of March and this year’s edition is pulling out all the stops.

To celebrate its sweet sixteen, the festival is upping the ante, featuring the likes of animator David Silverman and director Les Simpsonamongst its A-list guests.

The animation pack just gets better, too. Disney royalty Eric Goldberg, mind behind the inimitable Pocahontas, is set to make an appearance, while Roger Allers, director of cartoon classic The Lion King, will screen his latest project The Prophet. The presence of living legends like these is by no means a new thing; just last year, it was Ghibli Studios cofounder Isao Takahat who took the reigns, celebrating the festival with the best of them.

The programme this year is a smorgasbord of projections, talks, meet and greets and cinematic concerts that are bound to take your fancy. Want something else to sink your teeth into? The annual awards ceremony completes the lineup! Animated shorts and feature films will all battle it out, raising the stakes to take home this year’s prizes. There can only be one overall winner, however, and we know that whoever bags the Aicha Grand Prize will truly be the cream of the crop.

Can’t get enough? Check out the films in competition here.

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