Sitraka Randriamahaly, young Malagasy filmmaker, developed an interest in
animation very early on. A lover of the graphic arts in general, he took
drawing and painting courses at the German-Malagasy Circle (Goethe
Zentrum) as a teenager, but it’s only after his university studies that he
decided to launch himself into animated filmmaking.
Like most Malagasy animation artists, he started off as self-taught, learning
through creating, enriched by workshops, exchanges, residencies and
short-term programs lasting a few days to months each (Fontevraud, ILOI,
EMCA, Les Gobelins…)
Sitraka Randriamahaly has many films to his credit, from Sokaky (the tortoise)
in 2009 to Rough Life in 2015, which received the prize for best pan-African animation at the 10th Rencontres du Film Court de Madagascar (Meetings of Short Films of Madagascar). Some of his work has been showcased at larger festivals like the FESPACO or Annecy. In general, his films tell short, simple and oftentimes poetic stories, but above everything else, they tell his own life story about the world in which he lives and dreams.