Share this project


Share this project

An incredible group of orphans in Swaziland dive into their imaginations to create their own modern African fairytale!
An incredible group of orphans in Swaziland dive into their imaginations to create their own modern African fairytale!
208 backers pledged $27,844 to help bring this project to life.

LIYANA awarded Doha Film Institute Grant!


 Hey Friends!

Whew! It's been awhile since our last Kickstarter update. For all the latest news be sure to subscribe to our film's blog.

We're excited to announce that we have just been awarded a grant from the Doha Film Institute!

You can read more about it here.

This grant is going to help us make a lot of progress in our post-production journey. We can't wait to show you the beautiful animation artwork that Shofela Coker and his team have been producing over the past year. To say he's been working hard is an understatement!

If anyone is interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help us with additional animation, music, and finishing costs you can do so online though our fiscal sponsor, IFP.

Thanks so much for following our film! We will never forget our first supporters on Kickstarter that made all of this possible!


Aaron, Amanda, & The LIYANA Team

Exciting News + Brand New LIYANA Website!


 Hello friends!

We have a revamped website and two new blog posts to share!

We found the artist for our animation!


What our director's been up to...

Check out the fun photos and keep up with the film project. Thanks again for all of your support on this journey!



"Liyana" Awarded a Documentary Grant!

Hi Everybody!

As you know our Kickstarter campaign made our initial production trip possible and it was wildly successful.  Since then we've been working on the edit and seeking further funding for post-production.  

Check out our new blog post about the exciting grant we we've been awarded... see the announcement here!

We couldn't have made it this far without you and are so excited about the future of "Liyana."

Thank you everyone for your support!


Aaron & Amanda

  • Image 230362 original

"Liyana" Updates on the Blog!

Hello Friends of Liyana!

Come check out the updates and fun new photos after our unexpected and awesome opportunity to return to Swaziland over the holidays. We got the chance to add some bonus scenes to the film that turned out better than we ever could have imagined! 

Check it out here: New Blog Post

Thanks so much for following us, if you haven't already, please subscribe to our blog on and *like* us on our Facebook Page to keep up on all the latest.

  • Image 205507 original

Aaron Kopp - 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012 - The Independent

Hello Friends! We have exciting news! Our director, Aaron Kopp, has been named one of the Top 10 Filmmakers to watch in 2012 by The Independent magazine. Read the full interview here! 

So much has happened since our last update! We are forging ahead on the edit of Liyana and developing the storyboards and style frames for the animation portion. It’s coming along beautifully. Thanks again to everyone who donated and helped make the documentary production possible! 

Please check out our New Blog Post on our film’s website to see the exciting things we’ve been up to! 

To make sure you are always in the loop, subscribe to our blog on, and show your support by *Liking* us on our Facebook Page.

THANKS! ~Aaron & the Liyana Team

  • Image 128374 original