Born as Raymond Malinga, he is a Ugandan film producer whose work will feature in an upcoming Disney anthology of animated films from across Africa and hopes the project will bring African animation to the world.
Malinga, 32, is one of 14 film makers from South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya who are contributing to the anthology of sci-fi and fantasy stories set in Africa’s future. Oscar-winning film director Peter Ramsey is serving as executive producer on the project.
“Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire”, is a ten-part collection of short animations by producers from six African countries that is set to premier on the Disney Plus streaming platform later this year.
Malinga, who holds a degree in animation and visual effects from a university in Malaysia, started his company, Creatures Animation Studios, in 2015.
Their big break came in 2017 when their short animated film “A Kalabanda Ate My Homework” was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and won six awards, including for best animation film, at the African International Film Festival in Nigeria the following year.
His team, which has grown over the last few years to 10 people, works from a small dark studio sandwiched between cubicles of other startups in a makeshift innovation village built from repurposed shipping containers.