Cannes Independent International Film Festival Awards 2021: Nissi’s artistic brilliance in ‘The Satchel’ wins best aniated short film

The exceptional animated short film The Satchel, created by animation company, CREELE, founded by the sensational London-based Afro-jazz singer, songwriter and uber-talented creative mind, Nissi, bags the much-coveted award for The Audience Choice for International Best Animated Short Film at the recently held 2021 Cannes Independent International Film Festival (CIIFF) in France.

The phenomenal animated film directed and co-produced by Nissi Ogulu, was recognized by the Cannes Independent International Film Festival, whose aim is to celebrate new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world. Nominated alongside other outstanding animated films, The Satchel by CREELE emerged winner, proving that the redefinition of the entire concept of African storytelling with the use of modern technology is here to stay.

Receiving the award, an excited Nissi Ogulu gushed: “We won guys!! The Satchel for me, really means the genesis of an adaptation of Yoruba mythology. It’s telling a story of the world as we know it as planet earth, through our own eyes, at the same time using our own myths and our own culture to do so. This award further enforces the need to grow further in order to engage future projects already in the works. I can tell you that the journey to the realization of this goal has been both phenomenal and challenging so I’m very excited that my brainchild is making great waves.”

The Satchel is a 3D Afro-Anime debut project produced by CREELE and conceptualized through the founder’s artistic desire to tell a traditional story of Yoruba deities: Obatala and Oduduwa. Directed by Nissi Ogulu herself, The Satchel is brought to life through the voice of Nissi Ogulu alongside other producers, with the dynamic creative, Nissi handling the music and soundtracks.

The first of many, The Satchel heralds a new age of telling culturally authentic African-inspired stories for families and people around the world to savour, using cutting-edge technology to deliver top-quality animated content across board.

Watch The Satchel below


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