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Animation and VFX education for young Africans

In our eyes, the richness of Africa is not solely in its natural
resources. We believe that the continent's   greatest asset is in the energy of the nations youth.

By acknowledging that, the Initiative hinges on two key points: high end education and local work development.

We want to help the youth reconnect with their history and enable storytelling, by facilitating  education at the highest standards.

We are also building a network of well renown Animation, VFX and Game studios that will help provide a sustainable production demand. This will allow the young africans to work from the continent and not have to move to abroad.


“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”

- Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal

Connecting Dots


WHAT is it?

The Initiative consists in a Partnership with an Education American renown Institution, with a double objective. To give access to a high end  education program to selected groups of young Africans, And to help western studios realise that they have in Africa a pool of talents up to their standards that are eager to work on their productions.
The African youth is manifesting an on growing passion for storytelling and the visual art. They are creative, full of energy and eager to learn.   All that is missing is a high-end education program designed to master the cinema industry modern tools and the ways to produce outstanding pictures. The purpose of the Third Pole Initiative is to provide a way to meet, to exchange and to be mentored by renown artists of the VFX and Animation Industry. So that our youth can develop the skillsets needed to tell their own stories their own way. 

WHO leads it?




I am an award-winning Animation supervisor for WETA FX with over 16 years experience in the Animation and VFX Industry. My credit includes movies such as Gravity, Guardians of the Galaxy, Paddington, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers End Game, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Jungle Book and many more…
As a young Congolese, I would have given everything to have a chance to see my work presented and reviewed by an expert.   With a strong network of artists, producers and studios, I am now in a position where I can provide that support. A way for our young ones to grow artistically, make a living from their lands and help shape a new form of animated storytelling. From Africa by Africans. 

“Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution -- more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.”

- Lisa Cron, Wired for Story

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