Calling Queer Animation Students!

To celebrate the publication of Courage to Share: Queer Activism in Africa, the GALA Queer Archive and Taboom Media want to bring these stories to life. We are looking for 5 talented queer final year animation students to help animate these stories to continue our Queer Activism in Africa.


In August 2022, Taboom Media and GALA Queer Archive launched Courage to Share, the second volume in their Queer Activism in Africa anthology series.

In Courage to Share, 28 human rights defenders from across the continent share their origin stories and activist journeys. These intimate testimonies of strength and vulnerability, all available in both English and French, document and elevate our collective fight for LGBTQIA+ equality.

It is with this backdrop that we want to give these stories a creative life using animation.

Application Deadline: Friday 07 October


Final year animation students will be required to choose one story from either of the two volumes in the Queer Activism in Africa anthology series: Hopes and Dreams That Sound Like Yours + Courage to Share.

There are over 50 stories to choose from!

Animation students will work closely with two talented queer designers, Vee Motingia & Steffen Fischer (Afrika Queer+), over 8 weeks of creative online workshops where they will guide and assist you in realising your animations.  The stories that will be used to inspire the animations are short (usually 2-3 pages), and as such these will be short animations which can be easily and widely shared on social media platforms.  Animators are encouraged to interpret the stories within their own localities and context, and in their own language. Assistance with subtitles and translation will be provided. Expected duration of the animations provided should be between 30-120 seconds.


Submission deadline FRIDAY, 07 October 2022

Selected students announced and contacted by latest Monday 10 October 2022

Animation Workshop Commence 17 October 2022

Workshops are online and occur twice weekly after work hours for 4 weeks. After that, there will be 4 weeks of student design consultations.

Animations must be completed before 16th December 2022.


We are seeking talented queer final year animation students who:

  • Are registered students at a tertiary institution in South Africa
  • Have a computer and the necessary software
  • Have a good internet connection for the online workshops


Submission deadline FRIDAY, 07 October 2022

1 x animation sample of your creative work. Size should not exceed 100mb. Animation should be in a playable video format; .mpeg, .avi etc.

Submission must be made here. 


Selected students will receive an R5000 honorarium at the end of the workshop. All work produced will be publicised with the students' details but will be available as open source (as are the stories and illustrations). Students are welcome to include the final animation in their portfolios.


Submission deadline FRIDAY, 07 October 2022

No late submissions will be considered.

Electronic submission must be made here.

  • Entry submissions remain the property the GALA Queer Archive
  • Honorariums are awarded at the discretion of the judging panel and programme organiser
  • all entry submissions shall be open source
  • *Judging of entries will be anonymous and decisions are final.

Contact Steffen for further enquires: