After a successful run at the Cannes film market, Triggerfish Animation Studios is taking Khumba to the Annecy Animation Festival in France where it is has been selected to screen in competition.
Annecy is the largest and longest-running animation festival in the world. Previous films that have won in competition at Annecy include Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mister Fox and Henry Selick’s Coraline.
(Photo: Director Anthony Silverston)
Our half-striped zebra is stealing hearts in Cannes and has been well received at the market.
“It is phenomenal how much attention there has been on both Khumba and Adventures in Zambezia” says Marketing Director, Kirsten Barwise who is there with director, Anthony Silverston.
“My first trip to Cannes was an incredible experience,” says Anthony. “It was the first time the completed film was shown to an audience so it was a great relief when the market screenings were well received. Our sales agent closed a few more deals after the screenings. We had back-to-back meetings with our various distributors who were all very pleased with their results on Zambezia and excited to get behind Khumba in an even bigger way!”
With post-production on our second animated feature in the can, some of the Triggerfish team are heading to Cannes where we will be screening Khumba for the first time at the market.
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.
Triggerfish is pleased to announce that we will be attending the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in San Francisco later this month. Kelly Dillon, who has been spearheading our exciting new in-house gaming division will be representing the studio. Anyone interested in meeting up with her or seeing some of the fun games from our second animated feature film “Khumba” should drop her an email to set up a meeting. See you there!