2014 was a huge year for the Triggerfish team – thanks to all your support and the fantastic crew here in Cape Town. Here are just some of the highlights:
We released Khumba around the world, with our biggest successes being in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Our highest grossing territory is France, with nearly 500,000 admissions. “Koemba” ran in Belgium for an incredible 7 months in theatres, making Zambezia and Khumba the top 2 grossing independent animated films of all time in the Netherlands. The final major territory will be China, which is set for 31 December.
We also made history by being the first triple simulcast broadcast in South Africa when Khumba was broadcast simultaneously in English, Afrikaans and isiZulu on Heritage Day.
Awards in 2014
Winner Zanzibar Film Festival for Best Animated Film
Winner Africa Movie Academy Awards – Best Animation
Winner SAFTA – Best Animation
Winner SAFTA – Best Music Composition in a Feature Film
Finalist Annecy International Animation Festival - Best Feature
Finalist Kyknet SilwerskermFees – Best non-Afrikaans film
Finalist Kyknet SilwerskermFees – Best Music
Winner Premier Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards – Special Recognition Global Reach
Winner Premier Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards – Emerging Business Runner Up
Finalist South Africa Premier Business Awards – Export Category
Finalist Cape Chamber of Commerce – Exporter of the Year
Winner 48 Hour Film Project – 2nd Runner Up Cape Town chapter
Winner 48 Hour Film Project - Sound Design (plus 6 other Nominations)
Winner PWC Vision to Reality Awards – Runner Up.
In February we signed a strategic partnership deal with Beverly Hills super-agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME). This gives us access to one of the most powerful film networks in the world, and changes the game for how we reach our audience. WME will help us package, finance and sell future films and negotiate deals with celebrity voices.
We did quite a bit of traveling this year, with multiple trips to LA, a trip to Annecy, a trip to San Francisco, Vancouver, New York and Cannes – not to mention several trips to Joburg and Durban. We were also at Bayelsa in Nigeria, Meknes in Morocco, the HFF film school in Berlin, Stockholm, and Anthony was a jury member at Annecy and Stuttgart festivals as well as at Discop and for the SAFTAs and semi-finals of the Emmys.
All of these trips are about developing exciting relationships with partners who share our vision to bring a fresh voice to the entertainment industry. The highlight was the 30 meetings in Hollywood that WME set up, where we were truly introduced to the “Town”, and we’ve continued to meet with many of them in subsequent trips to LA.
We’re super-excited to be working with London-based producers, Magic Light Productions, on the production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book, Stick Man. We’ve got a great crew carefully crafting this beautiful book into a beautiful short film, which will be released around Christmas next year.
Nickelodeon and Moosebox
Triggerfish was delighted to partner with creative genius, Mike Scott, on his project MooseBox which was selected by Nickelodeon’s Global Animated Shorts Program. We are glad to be able to be involved in the next phase of development on this fun property and can’t wait to see the final result!
We were thrilled when Arthur Sheriff accepted our offer to become an advisor to Triggerfish, particularly in the PR and marketing role. Arthur has spent 40 years in the entertainment industry, and the last 25 years as the head of Aardman’s publicity. There isn’t anyone in the world better qualified to help us navigate the often treacherous waters of international positioning for a non-US company needing to work with Hollywood without being swallowed up by it.
Next year we’re expecting to go into production on our next feature, which we’re hoping to announce shortly. And watch this space for a number of other exciting developments too!