Ciclope Africa Deadline Extended to 23 March But Should You Enter?

‘I hate winning awards’ – said no one ever.

Ciclope Africa’s deadline for all award submissions has been extended to Friday 23 March 2018…guys that’s tomorrow! We’re assuming that if you haven’t entered by now it’s because you hate your work being recognised by industry leaders, loathe being high-fived by your peers, disgusted by people who find you even more attractive and alluring and just detest meeting new clients who potentially want to give you money. Nonetheless, we’re going to attempt to sway you one last time, because we’ve got your back like that.

The festival, which awards craft excellence in moving image, will for the first time ever be hosted in Africa at the Spur in Newlands…Jokes! The fancy-pants Zeitz MOCCA Museum in Cape Town (that’s the one at the Waterfront with those rolling chairs outside that make you feel like you’re gonna fall but you never do) is where it’s at on 10 April 2018.

Not only will the event be very instagrammable, this year’s Ciclope Africa Grand Prix winner – as well as the best entry in each category – will receive an automatic entry to the flagship festival, which will be held in Berlin later this year. Also hate Berlin, especially the progressive arts and culture scene? Well, we’re not giving up on you yet…

Jurors who will be awarding metal include well-known local and international names like Alistair King (King James, South Africa); Amy Allais (Ola! Films, South Africa); Antoine Bagot (Ogilvy Paris, France); Debra Stubbs (Groundglass, South Africa); Fran Luckin (Grey); Ivor Mwela (Jupiter Drawing Room, Zambia); Kim Geldenhuys (0307); Markus Wormstorm (Biblo, South Africa); Neo Mashigo (M&C Saatchi, South Africa); Nizar Maalej (Havas, Tunisia); Ralph Laucella (O Positive, US); Teboho Mahlatsi (The Bomb, South Africa); Trish Russell (AMV BBDO, UK); Yash Deb (Isobar, Kenya); and Zandi Tisani (Arcade Content, South Africa) to name but a few. Never heard of any of them? Really? Okay, okay, keep on reading…

The two-day festival will merge the award show with a conference full of inspiring talks, case studies, enriching seminars and workshops. Speakers include director Mbithi Masya from Fat Rain Films in Kenya, Peter Grasse Executive Producer at Dictionary Films Tokyo and Daniel Bergmann, Founder of Stinkfilm. You are already filled with all the knowledge and can learn nothing else? Got it, let’s see, what else…

Ciclope has been held annually since 2010, focusing on the art of execution, rather than the ideas. Whether it’s a TV commercial, a mobile app or an interactive installation, Ciclope believes execution is as important as the idea. Ciclope Africa will be a showcase and celebration of the very best of the year over the entire African continent in categories such as Direction, 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Interactive Commercials and Orginal Music among others. After the online judging session, the jury personally attends the fest to watch and discuss the best work, so you can personally thank them or throw a tomato at them (note that iDidTht in no way condones tomato-throwing). All the winning pieces are announced during the awards ceremony and the golden award winning work will be showcased – so people can actually watch your work that won. Wait, you think you could put together something better at your place, maybe watch reruns of Grey’s Anatomy? Ugh, you are insufferable!

Okay just go to and have a look for yourself and why not let your hair down and submit something, oh come on, just live a little. And when you win and receive your automatic entry to the flagship fest in Berlin later this year, as well as being included as a shortlist winner at the international festival, call us and we’ll invite you over to watch that Grey’s ep you missed out on.

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