Triggerfish at Annecy 2015

Categories: Animation, Festival, International Industry, presentation, SA industry, studio | Posted by: Triggerfish

Earlier this month, Triggerfish attended Annecy International Animation Festival for the 4th year running. This comes after 2012, where Adventures in Zambezia screened, 2013 where Khumba premiered in competition and 2014 where Triggerfish Head of Development, Anthony Silverston was invited back to sit on the jury. This year, a group of 9 Triggerfish employees were part of a 40-strong South African delegation to the international animation festival and market in France.

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New Jobs and Paid Internships at Triggerfish

Categories: Animation, internships, jobs, SA industry, Stick Man, studio | Posted by: Triggerfish

We’re always eager to find great new talent to join our team, and in 2015 Triggerfish will be offering 4 graduates the opportunity to join the studio as part of our 8 month paid internship program.

The team on our exciting half hour film, “Stick Man” is also expanding and we have some new job opportunities available in the New Year.

For more information, please visit our Careers page. Please fill in your application on our on-line submission form and if it looks like we could have a place for you, we’ll be in touch.

NB: For this project, applications unfortunately are limited to South African citizens ONLY.


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The Case of the Disappearing Daddy

Categories: Animation, competition, studio, video | Posted by: Triggerfish

When Daddy goes missing during bath time, little Amy turns the case over to super sleuth A. Stemmet and her trusty deputy, Ted Tedson.

The Cape Town leg of the 48 Hour Film Project took place over the weekend of Oct 31st-Nov 2nd and Triggerfish rose to the (nearly impossible) challenge of entering an animated film into the competition. Unbelievably, we pulled it off. With little sleep and much madness, we made the film “The Case of the Disappearing Daddy” which scooped the 2nd Runner Up award at the awards ceremony! Out of 27 entries, the film also won Best Sound Design and received nominations for Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Best Original Score, Best Producer, Best Director and Best Film. Congrats to the team!

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Top 2 independent animated films in the Netherlands

Categories: Animation, Feature Film, International Industry, khumba, zambezia | Posted by: Triggerfish

According to our distributors in the Netherlands, Zambezia and Koemba are now the two most successful independent animated films of all time in that territory. We think that’s pretty cool. They even outperformed DreamWorks’ Rise Of The Guardians, Sony’s Hotel Transylvania,  and Disney’s Gnomeo & JulietMuppets Most Wanted and right on the heels of Planes 2.

The films were released in across Belgium and Holland by Canadian owned distributor, Entertainment One, who managed to keep both shows in the theatres for nearly 5 months!  Heel hartelijk bedankt!

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Sep 24 2014


Categories: Animation, kids | Posted by: Triggerfish

Triggerfish is excited to announce that Mike Scott‘s “Moosebox” has been picked up for development by Nickelodeon. The 2D animation done in 8-bit style pixel animation was produced at Triggerfish Animation Studios after Mike Scott’s pitch was chosen as one of 10 shorts to be produced for Nickelodeon’s 2013 Global Animated Shorts Program. The 2 minute short was directed and animated by Mike at the studios and it has now been released online with an announcement from Animation World Network. You can watch here:

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Khumba Heritage Day premiere in 3 languages

Categories: Animation, Feature Film, khumba, kids | Posted by: Triggerfish

In a fitting celebration for Heritage Day, viewers across South Africa can catch Khumba on DSTV in either English, Afrikaans or Zulu on Wednesday 24th at 18:30. Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. The story of Khumba about a zebra born with only half his stripes is a truly South African story which aims to do exactly that so catch it in one of the 3 languages from next week!

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Sep 12 2014
Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers

Categories: Animation, presentation, SA industry, studio | Posted by: Triggerfish

One of the events that form part of Creative Week Cape Town is a project called Meet the Makers. Meet the Makers is an opportunity to explore the studio spaces and have in-depth discussions with some of the city’s leading creatives. All the events are free, but have limited spaces. On Monday, the group will be visiting Hasan and Husein Essop in Hout Bay at the Lalela Project and then  Triggerfish Animation in Bergvliet – to get a sneak peak into the studio behind the animation “Khumba”.

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Triggerfish to host animation 48 Hour Film Project

Categories: Animation, competition, SA industry, studio | Posted by: Triggerfish

Triggerfish is offering its facilities to any Animation teams who would like to compete in this year’s 48 Hour Film Project.

As many of you already know Animation can take a very long time. On a film like Khumba only 3 seconds on animation is completed in a single day. One can spend hours or days on a single expression. Well we’d like to shake things up a bit. BENCHfilms and Triggerfish would like to challenge all animators in Cape Town to try and make a short film in 48hours as part of this year’s 48hourfilmproject; where perfection comes second and story is king. Are you up for the challenge?

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Triggerfish at DISCOP Africa

Categories: Animation, Festival, International Industry, SA industry | Posted by: Triggerfish

DISCOP Africa is a three-day TV content event happening Nov 5-7th in Johannesburg, combining a major industry trade show, educational seminars and networking events, designed around building new relationships and growing a business.

Triggerfish partner Anthony Silverston will be attending as a member of the Final Jury for a pitching competition held as part of the DISCOPRO Program, showcasing new and original ideas for programming from African producers.

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