On Saturday Triggerfish received another Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Animation for their second feature film, Khumba. The AMAA’s are among the continent’s most prestigious awards and have been running for 10 years. This follows from last year’s win in the same category for Adventures in Zambezia. Both films also won Best Animation at the South African Film and Television Awards in their respective year of entry.
The company, which has been dubbed “the Pixar of South Africa,” will work with the agency as it plans to produce five new feature film projects that it plans to produce over the next seven years.
LONDON – Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios has signed with WME for representation in all areas.
The Hollywood agency will work with the independent studio, known as “the Pixar of South Africa,” which plans to produce five new feature film projects over the next seven years.
Khumba director Anthony Silverston was invited to Stockholm, Sweden to attend the 2014 Stockholm International Film Festival Junior where Khumba was shown to almost 900 kids in 2 sold-out screenings. He also presented Triggerfish’s next film “Sea Monster” written by Raffaella Delle Donne which he has been developing since finishing Khumba as a “Work-in-Progress” as well as gave a presentation taking local and visiting filmmakers through the animation industry in South Africa.
Triggerfish is putting out a country-wide call to the very finest talent in South Africa to join our team in creating an exciting new half hour children’s film, based on a book by one of the world’s most beloved and successful children’s authors.
The fourth in a sequence of award-winning short films, this high profile project is an opportunity to be part of the studio that is, with Zambezia, Khumba, and the upcoming Sea Monster, pioneering the development of animated films in South Africa and continues to be at the forefront of high quality animation on the continent.
The studio is looking for highly-motivated and super-skilled junior, mid-level and senior applicants who have a passion for storytelling and a deep desire for the opportunity to craft beautiful, world-class animated content that will play to millions of children and their families worldwide.
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Khumba, the second animated feature from Triggerfish Animation Studios nabbed Best Music Composition in a Feature Film as well as Best Animation at the 8th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs 2014). There to accept his award on Friday night was composer Bruce Retief who was also nominated in the same category last year for his work on “Adventures in Zambezia.”
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.
Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia (Sony International Acquisitions) and Khumba (Millennium Entertainment), Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has secured funding for the first phase of development for what aims to be a 5-film slate. The company continues to explore additional financing options and the possible sale of a stake to a strategic partner. Two of the films announced to go into development include Here be Monsters and Seal Team (working titles).
“We have a number of exciting properties in the pipeline,” says head of development Anthony Silverston, “But we’re particularly excited by these two highly original and exciting high concept stories. And although both stories have an ocean setting, they couldn’t be more different!”
Khumba animators and artists were invited to this year’s Kunjanimation Animation Festival 2013, to share their experiences at the Triggerfish studio with students, industry professionals and the general public in Johannesburg. This is the 3rd edition of the SA animation festival.
After a week of business-related Kunjanimation seminars, the last day appropriately rounded the festival off on a creative note with inspiring art-related discussions and seminars as well as the highly-anticipated Kunjanimation Exhibition – all hosted and catered for at the WITS School of Arts. The line-up included two talks on the making of Khumba.
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.