WorldFest Gives The Highest To Magic Cellar
Magic Cellar, the first animated series to be based on African culture, has been awarded the Platinum REMI Award as the top entry in the Animated Category at Worldfest in Houston, Texas. The award to Magic Cellar was presented on April 29, 2006. Magic Cellar was commissioned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The other partners in this project are Morula Pictures from Johannesburg, South Africa, and Chocolate Moose Media Inc from Ottawa, Canada. Present to receive the award were the Canadian Director and Executive Producer, Firdaus Kharas, and the Producer, Adeelah Carrim, from Johannesburg. Magic Cellar is Africa's first 3D animated series. Beautifully produced entirely in Maya software, the series marks the first time Africa's children will see themselves reflected in an animated series. The series celebrates Africa's culture and traditions while promoting reading as being exciting and adventurous. The series is based on African folktales, partially collected from interviews conducted with elders in villages across South Africa. Each episode is broken up into three sections: a brief introduction and set-up; the African story and a wrap-up with the lessons learnt. Each episode is a self-contained, animated short. WorldFest is the largest film and video competition in the world, with more than 4,500 total category entries received in 2006. Winners came from 33 countries this year. The competition has already made awards to George Lucas, David Lynch, Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, down the years.
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