Ghanaian animator makes historic win as first to receive Best Student Film Award at ANNIE Awards.

Zackie, a self-taught animator from Ghana, has made history by winning the Best Student Film Award at the 49th annual Annie Awards held in California. Presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, since 1972, the prestigious ANNIE Awards acknowledge exceptional animation in film and television.

Zackie is best known for his work on the popular cartoon series, Aluta, which has gained a massive following in Ghana and beyond.

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Considered the highest honour in the animation industry, the ANNIE Awards ceremony saw Zackie’s graduation short film, along with three other African nationals, take home the coveted Best Student Film award. In a post on Instagram, Zackie expressed his gratitude to ASIFA-Hollywood for recognizing the works of him and his colleagues and for awarding them the prestigious honour.

Zackie’s journey as an animator began with his passion for creating animations, which he pursued self-taught before landing a scholarship from Netflix to attend Gobelins, the renowned animation school in Paris.

The experience at Gobelins was tremendously challenging but important for his growth as a self-taught animator. The short film he created during his time at Gobelins was the culmination of two years of hard work and dedication.

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Zackie’s unique style and vision have already gained him recognition and popularity in Ghana and beyond. Winning the ANNIE Award is a significant achievement for him and a testament to his hard work and dedication. With his exceptional talent and passion for animation, Zackie is poised to become one of Africa’s leading animators and storytellers.

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