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.
Triggerfish celebrated Children’s Day by inviting thirty young fans for a studio visit. The morning kicked off with a screening of the trailers for Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, then a couple behind-the-scenes videos with a clip showing the animators acting out some of the comedy scenes proving to be a real hit.
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!”
Experience the essence of Afro Optimism when SA is represented at the Absa VUKA Showcase this year in East London. Taste, listen to, and see the talent and creativity streaming out of the borders of this ever-developing country. Over the weekend of Nov 1-3 Triggerfish will be attending the inaugural event as part of the Vision showcase Programme. Producer Mike Buckland will be discussing the making of Zambezia while director Anthony Silverston will talk about Khumba. Animator and Shot Supervisor Kane Croudace will also be on hand to demonstrate the animation software. Says Buckland “Triggerfish is excited to be represented at an event with the positive theme of Awakening Afro Optimism since this aligns with our greater vision to portray a positive vision of Africa and its talent to the world.”
For a full line up of presentations, visit http://absavuka.co.za/
Triggerfish is pleased to be involved in various events at the first ever Open Design CT festival. The annual event is a citywide cross-disciplinary celebration and sharing of design and design-thinking. Taking place from 21 – 31 August, this inaugural 10-day event creates an educational, informative and inclusive platform where through design and its numerous disciplines, it aims to galvanise Cape Town’s community to openly share their design with each other, raising awareness to the significance and relevance of design today.
Kelly Dillon who headed up digital media at Triggerfish spoke at Pecha Kucha volume 25. The idea of this monthly event is for speakers to present something about which they are passionate using 20 images displayed for 20 seconds each. Kelly spoke to the crowd of almost 700 which filled Cape Town’s beautiful City Hall about “finding the fun” in businesses and products using the concept of “gamification”.
Wayne Thornley, director of “Adventures in Zambezia” will speak at “Talk 100″ where industry professionals share their experiences and expertise with the public and young emerging designers. The session takes place August 30 August, 10:00 to 12:00 at the Cape Town City Hall Events Room. Wayne will present alongside Shy the Sun showcasing work and discussing the value and impact of using imagination, illustration, animation and storytelling in the commercial market and world of animated movies today.
An exhibition of some artwork from Zambezia will also be on display.
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.
Triggerfish partner and producer, Mike Buckland attended the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Yenagoa, Nigeria this past weekend to accept the award for for Best Animation. Adventures in Zambezia was nominated for the ‘African Oscar’ alongside fellow South African animation studio, Character Matters for their animated feature, Lion of Judah.
Following on from a successful theatrical release world-wide, ‘Adventures in Zambezia’ will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray in South African stores as of today. It has already been released by Sony in the U.S. and U.K. in an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart.
Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, ‘Adventures in Zambezia’ tells the story of Kai, a naive, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of Zambezia where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community. The film won best SA Feature at the Durban International Film Festival, a SAFTA for Best Animated Film and was nominated for two Annie Awards. So get your copy today – it’s ama-zing!
The winners of the 2013 South African Film and Television Awards were announced on Saturday during a gala event at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg. Triggerfish’s first animated feature “Adventures in Zambezia” was nominated for Best Music, Direction and Animation and won the award for Best Animation. A prize was sponsored by the DTI and NFVF. “The film has broken records overseas, often passing animated features from the major studios,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest, “And it’s a huge honour for our achievements to be recognized on local soil by members of the South African Film Industry.”
Samuel L. Jackson, voice of Tendai in Adventures in Zambezia, made a special appearance at the award ceremony to present the trophies for Best Actor and Actress.
This weekend also saw Zambezia being nominated for an Africa Movie Academy Award. The film released in SA theaters in December and won Best SA Feature Film at Durban International Film Festival last year. It was also nominated for 2 Annie Awards. The DVD will be available for rental from April 5th and will be available to buy at all major retail outlets in SA April 12th.
In celebration of the Triggerfish Animation nomination for two Annie Awards, including the Best Music in an Animated Feature Production, and the first African studio ever to be nominated for these prestigious awards, we are excited to release the Adventures in Zambezia theme song, “Get Up”, sung by the talented lead singer of Freshlyground, Zolani Mahola, and written and composed by Bruce Retief.
The Adventures in Zambezia Soundtrack is available on the iTunes Store.