Feature Film


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After the international success of its first two feature films, Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing The Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company.

Triggerfish will be investing up to R44m over the next three years in The Story Lab, which aims to give Africa’s most talented storytellers and filmmakers the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s international network of mentors. Selected storytellers will potentially have their concepts developed into episodic TV content or an animated feature film for the global market.

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Khumba tops a million tickets in China

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The second animated feature from Cape Town based Triggerfish, KHUMBA, has now had over a million theatrical admissions in China where it was released on December 31st. KHUMBA, known as ZEBRA STORY in China, entered the top ten at number 5 grossing over $6 million to date and out-performing the US animated film THE NUT JOB  released the previous week. Triggerfish’s debut film, ZAMBEZIA, was released in this territory in April 2014.

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Triggerfish in 2014

26 Dec 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tfadmin100

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:


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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

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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.


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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.



Overseas visits

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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.


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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!

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Arthur Sheriff

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!

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Top 2 independent animated films in the Netherlands

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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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Khumba Heritage Day premiere in 3 languages

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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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Khumba nominated at Silwerskermfees

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Khumba is up for an award in two categories at the 4th edition of the kykNET Silwerskermfees taking place in Cape Town August 27th-30th. The Silwerskermfees celebrates the burgeoning South African film industry and has proved itself as a renowned local film festival and aims not only to increase the exposure of young talent but to create an opportunity for dialogue between young upcoming filmmakers and established names within the industry. The awards take place Saturday 30th at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay.

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Triggerfish at Open Design Festival CT

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The 2nd edition of OPEN DESIGN Cape Town took place from August 13-23rd with the theme “Design is for Change”. The annual, cross-disciplinary event is a recognized World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 event as well as a platform for a number of other WDC2104 projects throughout the full and varied programme. Triggerfish was pleased to take part in a few events:

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The 2014 Annecy Report

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 Annecy 2014 was truly a hotbox of animation this year as producers, animators and student scurried about in the sweltering heat of the French summer sun in the hopes of securing the right deal, finding the right job or simply getting their work up on the big screen for the adoration of their peers.

Anthony Silverston and Mike Buckland from Triggerfish were among the enthusiastic participants this year and it was a great opportunity to build on the relationships that were established last year when Khumba premiered in competition at the festival.

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Triggerfish at Annecy Animation Festival

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For the next week, over 7000 animators from across the world descend on the picturesque French town of Annecy to get their yearly fill of everything animation. This includes Triggerfish partners Anthony Silverston and Mike Buckland who will be attending the Annecy International Animation Festival and attached industry market (MIFA) which runs 9-14th of June. Silverston is a guest of the festival as one of 3 jury members for TV films and Commissioned films after his film “Khumba” screened  in competition at the 2013 festival.  Last month, he was also a jury member for Stuttgart International Animation Festival. Triggerfish’s first film “Adventures in Zambezia” was selected out of competition at Annecy in 2012. This will be the second year that South Africa will have a stand at MIFA with over 20 South African delegates attending.

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Triggerfish takes Best Animation at AMAAs for 2nd year running

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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.

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