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Little Birds ABC

  • Winner, Best animation for Children, Tehran International Animation Festival, Iran 2009.
  • Winner, Best animated film for Children, KROK Festival, Ukraine 2009

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The Finer Things

Produced for Speedy Productions, South Africa, was awarded Best Short Form Audiovisual Entertainment Made for Mobile and Internet; Factual, at MIPCOM, Cannes, 2007.

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“Little Bang”

Nominated for a 2007 South African Film and Television Awards: Best Short Film. It was awarded a merit award for new media in the Ekhuruleni fine art awards, and has been on the official selection of the following international festivals:

  • Tirana 2006, Albania.
  • Tampere 2007, Finland.
  • BIMINI 2007, Latvia.
  • Trickfilm 2007, Germany.
  • Syracuse 2007, USA.
  • Durban, 2007, South Africa.
  • Athens Video Art 2007, Greece.
  • Afia 2007, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Ohne Kohle 2007, Vienna, Austria.
  • AVANCA 2007, Portugal.
  • UPC-AXN Rövidfilm Fesztivál, Hungary.
  • BUSHO Budapest Short film festival 2007.
  • Auburn International Film Festival for Children and
    Young Adults 2007, Australia.
  • Geneva Summer Arts Festival, New York State, US.
  • Multivision Animation Festival, St Petersburg, Russia.
  • Istanbul International Short Film Festival 2007.
  • Little Bang has been picked up for worldwide distribution by Ouat Media, Toronto, Canada.

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Agenda was awarded a SAFTA Award for best animation in a short film, and has been on the official selection of the following international festivals.

  • Zlin International Film festival for Children and youth, 2008; Zlin Czech republic
  • Animafest Zagreb 2008
  • Durban International Film Festival; Durban, South Africa
  • Out the Box festival of puppetry and visual theatre; Cape Town, South Africa
  • Apolo Film Festival, Barclay-west, South Africa
  • Africa in Motion Short Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Tehran International Short Film Festival 2008
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden 2009
  • Africala2009, Mexico City, Mexico (Winner online short film festival)
  • Rwanda Film Festival

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Sanna’s Garden

Travelled to the following international festivals in 2005:

  • Anifest Trebon 2005 , Czech Republic.
  • Zlin International Film festival for Children and Youth, Zlin, Czech Republic.
  • Cortoons on the Bay International animation festival, Positano, Italy.
  • Krokfest 2005, Ukraine.

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diek grobler

Diek Grobler obtained his BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 1987 and his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996. He has exhibited professionally since 1988 and his work is included in several major public and corporate collections.

Grobler is involved in avant garde theatre, and has his own performance company, Fopspeen Live Art. He has also been involved in public art projects, and organised and curated the Artwall Metrorail Art Gallery, a public mural project which received two Business and Arts South Africa awards in 2001.

Diek Grobler work in a variety of media and disciplines: ceramic sculpture, oil, and gouache paintings, scraperboard drawings. He also works in time based disciplines: performance art, computer aided 2D animation and stop-motion animation. He lives and works in Pretoria.


Solo Exhibitions

2008 Story: Gordart, Johannesburg
Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
2007 Pretoria Arts Association
2006 Pretoria Arts Association
2005 Gordart. Mellville, Johannesburg
Cite des arts international, Paris
2004 The Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
2003 The Art Space, Johannesburg
2001 Chelsea gallery, Wynberg, Cape Town
1999 Gencor Gallery, Rand Afrikaans University
  Millenium Gallery, Pretoria
1998 Two-person show at the Johannes Stegman Gallery, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein
Two-person show at the Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
1997 The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
Two-person show at James Colman Fine Art, London
Arts Association Pretoria
1995 Two-person show at Dorpstraat Gallery, Stellenbosch
1994 Gallery on Tyrone, Parkview, Johannesburg
1993 Gallery on Tyrone, Parkview, Johannesburg
1992 Two-person show at Gallery 709, Cape Town
1990 Two-person show at SAAA Gallery , Pretoria
1989 Two two-person shows in February and December, at The Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg



First professional Exhibition: Two-Person show at Aleta Michaletos Gallery, Pretoria

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 Pretoria Artists at the Oliewenhuys Museum, Bloemfontein
Allooi, Volksblad Kunstefees, Bloemfontein
2008 Agenda, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2007 Snert: Tina Skukan Gallery, Petoria
Agenda, Platform on 18th, Pretoria
Absa Exhibition of Atelier merit winners, KKNK
2006 Little Bang, Platform on 18th, Pretoria
2005 Part of the South African Delegation to the Delphic Games, Kutching, Malaysia
2004 Nine Dragonheads environmental art symposium, Cheong Ju City, South Korea
Gallery 88, Sasolburg
International Olympic Comitee art exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland
2003 Hope Box/ Weather Report international art project run by Dutch artist Rienke Enghart
In the Minds i Rand Africa University gallery, Johannesburg
Om die Bosch gelei Minds i art space, Pretoria
Fine Line drawing exhibition, Minds i art space, Pretoria
Edition printmaking exhibition, Minds i art space, Pretoria
2002 Group Exhibitions with the Korean Society of Illustrators in Prague and Peking
Solar Eclipse Exhibition at Mind’s I art space in collaboration with the Foundation for Education, Science and Technology
1998 Exhibition of South African Contemporary Art in the SASOL Collection: Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn
1996 World Environment Day exhibition: Pretoria Art Museum
A Little Show of Drawers, University of Pretoria Art Gallery
13 Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal Over-Seas League: Over-Seas House, London and Royal College of Art, Edinburgh
El Gezirah Sheraton Hotel, Cairo: SAAA International Project
1995 World Environment Day exhibition: Pretoria Art Museum
Annual Wits Masters in Fine Art exhibition, Gertrude Posel Gallery
1991 Love, Landscape, and Lonely escape: Gallery on the Market, Newtown
1991-1998 Volkskas Atelier Competition exhibition
1989 Vita Art Now: Johannesburg Art Gallery
1988-1989 Volkskas Atelier Competition exhibition
1988 CLAY + : Unisa Art Gallery



Annual New Signatures Competition exhibition: South African Association of Art, various locations.


1988 Merit award for Sculpture, New Signatures Competition
1993 Merit Award in Volkskas Atelier Competition
1995 Merit Award in Volkskas Atelier Competition
1996 Work selected for 13th Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal Over-Seas League, London

De Kat Herrie- Award ,Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn

2003 Chosen as the winner, Graphic arts section, of the South African leg of the International Olympic committee art Competition
2005 Gold medal for painting: International Delphic Games, Kutching, Malaysia
2007 Little Bang (animated film) nominated for a SA Film and Television Awards for Best Short Film
2009 Agenda (animated film) SAFTA Award for best animation in a short film
“Little Birds ABC” –Best Animated film for Children, Tehran International Animation Festival

Art Collections

Diek Grobler’s work is included in various private collections in South Africa and Europe as well as the following corporate collections:

  • Pretoria Art Museum
  • Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
  • Durban Art Gallery
  • University of South Africa Art Collection
  • University of the Orange Free State
  • RAU Collection
  • SASOL Art Collection
  • ABSA collection
  • GENCOR-collection
  • TELCOM-collection
  • SANLAM art collection
  • Gauteng Legislature
  • Rand Merchant Bank

Performance Art

2004 Small Song, at the Nine Dragonheads environmental art symposium, Cheong Ju City, South Korea.
2002 Stories of sunlight and shadow - a programme of three performances by Fopspeen Live Art as part of the Solar Eclipse project by Minds i art space, in collaboration with the Foundation for Education, Science and Technology.
2001 Pachipodium Namakwanum a Performance conceived in collaboration with Fopspeen Live Art, performed at the Moonbox, Pretoria.
2000 Ararat as part of the main festival program at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. The performance was created in co-operation with singers and dancers from the Oudtshoorn community.
1999 Presents Die Lang Pad na Ninevé at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, as well as the Jong Afrikaner Anargiste project.
Receives the De Kat Herrie-award with the two productions
Die Lang Pad na Ninevé enjoys two runs in Pretoria, and is presented at arts festivals in Durban and Potchefstroom.
Organizes and presents a Live Art Festival at the Capitol Theatre, Pretoria.
1998 Establish Fopspeen Live Art Company.
Creates and presents Sewe Dae in Babel at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, and at the Pretoria City Hall.
Presents Populier/Poplar at various venues, including the Universities of Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Unisa.
1997 Compile a Performance Art Show, Boe of Baa, with works by four artists for the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.
1993-1997 Presents various pieces at the FNB Vita Dance umbrella.
Participate in the Baesement Theatre projects organised by Pinto Ferreira, TOM performance company.


charles badenhorst

Animator and sound designer for Fopspeen Moving Pictures


  • SA-APRS Diploma in sound design: 2000 Inhouse Audio Training.


  • Live Sound
  • 2000 Vodacom Jazz Indaba, Moretele Park, Mamelodi.


  • 2010
    Record and publish a CD Daar is wolke buite, under the stage name Bittervrug with 1F Music. The album is nominated for a Huisgenoot Fiesta Award for Afrikaans Music, under the category "Kopskuif' (redefining boundaries)
  • 2009
    Record and publish a CD Bloed vir ontbyt, under the stage name Bittervrug with 1F Music. The album is nominated for a Huisgenoot Fiesta Award for Afrikaans Music, under the category "Kopskuif' (redefining boundaries)

Studio Work

  • 2003
    Cardboard Dreams, Janice Honeyman: Sound design
  • 1999 - 2003  
    Sound design and recording for various animated productions, most notably Le Voyage, Sonder Titel and die onmerkwaardige reis van Juffrou Visser by Diek Grobler.
  • 2002 
    Digital sound design, recording and final mix for animated sting for the Absolut Insig Animasiefees, 2002 KKNK arts festival.
  • 2004 - 2007
    Original music and sound design for “Sanna’s Garden” a stopmotion animation series by Fopspeen Moving Pictures. Sound design for “Little Bang”. Sound design for “Agenda”


  • 2002
    Storyline for “Without title”, an animated film by Diek Grobler.
  • 2004 - 2007
    Animator on “Sanna’s Garden” .
    Head animator on “Little Bang” and “Agenda”. Also director of photography on both films.
  • 2006
    Animation for “Hartstukke”, an multi award-winning production by Karin Hougaard ( KKNK 2006, Aardklop festival, etc.). Animasie en direksie: Musiekvideo “ Ek en Jy” vir Buckfever Underground.
  • 2006
    3 week Internship at Aardman Animation Studio’s, Bristol, UK.


Jansen Lourens

A self trained animator with a passion for what he does. The production process of animation is familiar to him – from concept development and storyboarding, to editing and sound design. He is experienced in various forms of animation: pixilation, cell, stop motion and 2D. Can work on his own initiative, or as part of a team. Always willing to learn, Jansen is motivated, hard working, and reliable.


  • 2006 - current
    Fopspeen moving pictures: animator and motion graphics designer. Concept development, editing, 3d animation. All forms of animation.


  • Conceptualisation and animation on the award winning “Het Vogeltjes ABC” by Fopspeen Moving Pictures.

Digital Skills

Advanced in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and Freehand. Advanced in Toon Boom. Beginner to intermediate skills in Adobe Flash, Illustrator and Encore. Intermediate 3D skills in Maya.


  • 2004 - 2005
    Diploma in Maya and game development at Open Window (part time). First year of Graphic design at Open Window (discontinued).
  • 1997 - 2001
    Matric, Grade 12, Hoerskool Hendrik Verwoerd. Subjects: Afrikaans, English, Technical drawing, Art, Woodwork, Biology.

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Fopspeen Moving Pictures has three permanent members; Diek Grobler, Charles Badenhorst, and Jansen Lourens. Various associates, collaborators, freelance workers and students come and go as productions and projects require.

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