This week, Americans get to meet Khumba when the movie releases in theatres for an Oscar-qualifying run. Ahead of its DVD release Jan 14th, audiences can see the film at a special one-week engagement in the Quad Cinema in NYC and at the Music Hall in LA.
Finweek recently sat down with Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. Read the full conversation here:
He’s the governing force behind the highest-grossing SA-owned film since the Eighties, and his production company just secured the development funding for two films as part of a five film slate, which we reckon makes him one of the most successful producers in the country, if not the entire continent. We spoke to Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest about the South African film industry, pitching to venture capital firms (VCs) and the one piece of advice he’ll give to anyone who will listen.
Khumba has been awarded TWICE at the International “Gold Panda” Awards! The film about a zebra from the Karoo who searches for his missing strips took home Best Overseas Animated Feature as well as the Grand Prize in a ceremony held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on the 15th of November.
Our CEO, Stuart Forrest, was invited this week to speak on a panel at DISCOP Africa. The panel on African Animation was shared with Strika CEO Richard Grenville, and EVCL founder Adamu Waziri, and moderated by Animation SA volunteer,and Khumba Animation Lead!) Daniel Snaddon. The panel explored some of the recent successes and ongoing challenges of animation in Africa. Asked what defined African animation, Forrest replied: “If it’s made in Africa, it’s African.”
The discussion highlighted the success of Zambezia worldwide, emphasising that the Triggerfish film was now the most successful South African owned film in thirty years. “If there is ever going to be a South African film that penetrates the mainstream cinema stage worldwide, it’s highly likely it’s going to be an animated film. Animation has the ability to transcend cultural barriers and overcome many of the challenges that face live-action films.”
Defending the use of Hollywood-based actors, Forrest acknowledged that the choice to go to Hollywood was difficult. “But considering that only 4% of our revenue model comes from Africa, we need to be thinking globally about how to make the product internationally as entertaining as possible. On Zambezia we auditioned 1,000 people from South Africa and 1,000 people from Hollywood, and we chose the voices that best fit the character we were casting for. In most cases, the Hollywood actors extensive experience shone through. “ Besides, South Africans will also be able to watch Khumba in Afrikaans or Zulu and Triggerfish aims to dub their films into more African languages in the future.
In a panel later that day, Copper Monkey director Charlie Frost used Khumba as a great example of a winning brand partnership, citing the Wimpy collaboration where the quick service restuaurant chain launched a highly successful campaign coinciding with the release of Khumba. Copper Monkey secured promotional partnerships for Khumba with Green Cross, Virgin active and Nal’iBali.
After successful screenings at Annecy, Durban and Toronto international festivals earlier this year, Triggerfish animation’s second feature “Khumba” has been selected to screen at a number of other film festivals globally.
Most recently KHUMBA was selected as the family film at Brisbane International Film Festival where it will be screening on Sunday 17th and Saturday 23rd November.
When it comes to computer-animated movies, it seems that audiences can’t get enough of talking animals. But to become a box office hit, an animated film has to touch hearts and be visually stunning. ‘Khumba’, the 3D South African computer-animated adventure comedy film due to be released on October 25, 2013 certainly meets the criteria.
‘Khumba’ is the second animated feature produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, following the successful global release of ‘Adventures in Zambezia’. It features the voice of Liam Neeson as a malicious leopard, as well as the voices of Jake T Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Lawrence Fishburn and Steve Buscemi, among others. The film is directed by Anthony Silverston. ‘Khumba’ will be released in South Africa on 25 October by Indigenous Film Distribution.
This weekend, audiences in Cape Town will be treated to a selection of some of the best shorts from around the world as the shnit International Shorfilmfestival presents an explosive Short Film Experience like no other. The most recent masterpieces from all corners of the world, together in one festival: 200 films. 8 cities. 1 global weekend.
In it’s 11th edition – its fourth year in South Africa – the festival returns to The Labia Theatre in Cape Town and to the Neelsie’s Pulp Cinema in Stellenbosch, with additional events and screenings at venues in and around Cape Town city bowl, Stellenbosch and stretching to the furthest limits of the greater city.
Triggerfish partner Anthony Silverston was selected as one of the members of the Jury for Made in SA, an awards category just for Mzansi, celebrating the best of South African short film on a world-class level. This year 21 films over three programme blocks will be evaluated by the jury. One prize to be awarded… and the winner takes it all.
South African 3D animated feature film Khumba, which had its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week, has been bought by three major international independent distributors – Australia’s Transmission, UK’s Kaleidoscope and Italy’s Eagle Pictures.
Khumba is the second 3D animated feature from Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, whose Adventures in Zambezia was the highest-grossing South African film in 30 years and has made over US$28-million at the box-office worldwide.
Terrific” was the word Triggerfish CEO, Stuart Forrest, used to the describe audience response to Khumba at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). The film was one of five children’s movies chosen for the TIFF Kids Programme.
Congratulations to director Wayne Thornley and the team at Triggerfish for winning the ‘Best Feature for Children’ prize for Zambezia at the 21st edition of Anima Mundi in Rio, Brazil. Check out the full list of winners here.
The award is the latest in a string of successes for the debut feature from Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, which followed up with its second feature film, Khumba, earlier this year.
Yesterday Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest was listed amongst Africa’s top 20 Tech Influencers.
According to IT News Africa:
“Africa’s technology landscape is vast and growing. It is ripe for expansion and is increasingly becoming an attractive environment for companies (local and international) to set up shop and invest. The people on this list have taken advantage of this growth and have established themselves as pioneers in the industry.”
Congratulations to Stuart for being featured! Read the full article at IT News Africa here.
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