Coming back for its second edition, Animatex is an animation festival and online portal that strives to give Egyptian animation the biggest platform it can get.
Alright, please raise your hands if you still cry at the opening of Pixar's Up. Yeah it's been a decade and we're still not over it, and there's been a decade of animation since then that we've weeped at, laughed at, and sometimes even got mad at (like what the heck, Dio? To the dog??) - but not too much of it has been from Egypt. But it's not for lack of talent, and with the establishment of the Animatex Festival in 2020, lack of exposure may soon stop being an issue altogether.
Coming back for its second edition, Animatex is an animation festival and online portal that strives to give Egyptian animation the biggest platform it can get, while building bridges with other talents across the region and the world. Founded by Youhana Nassif and Samaka Studio, a local animation team whose work you may recognise from advertisements like Magdy Yacoub Foundation's Ramadan 2021 ad featuring Tamer Hosny or the zanier ones they've made for Biskrem and Heinz (although we strongly recommend checking out their serious work like the Ramadan Folk Series or The Story of a Palestinian Mother), Animatex is being held with the French Institute in Cairo to host a series of screenings and talks both online and off from September 15th to September 18th.
Whether you're up to hear a talk about 'How to Start Your Career in the Game Industry' on September 15th, watch a screening of 'Lupin III: The First' provided by the Japan Foundation Cairo on September 16h, or learn the ins and outs of the industry by understanding how to make 'Internal and External Management Process Easier' on September 17th, you can register through www.animatex.net/programme.