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The 2014 Annecy Report

Categories: Animation, Feature Film, Festival, International Industry, khumba, presentation, SA industry, zambezia | Posted by: Triggerfish

 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

Categories: Feature Film, Festival, International Industry, khumba, SA industry, zambezia | Posted by: Triggerfish

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 visits Stockholm, Sweden

Categories: Animation, Feature Film, Festival, khumba, presentation, SA industry, sea monster, studio | Posted by: Triggerfish

Khumba director Anthony Silverston was invited to Stockholm, Sweden to attend the 2014 Stockholm International Film Festival Junior where Khumba was shown to almost 900 kids in 2 sold-out screenings. He also presented Triggerfish’s next film “Sea Monster” written by Raffaella Delle Donne which he has been developing since finishing Khumba as a “Work-in-Progress” as well as gave a presentation taking local and visiting filmmakers through the animation industry in South Africa.

 

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Khumba – Outdoor Screenings in CT

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

This month, audiences in Cape Town will have TWO opportunities to watch Khumba outdoors! March 15th, the film will show as part of the Short & Sweet ‘full moon drive-in‘ at Camps Bay, while on March 21st, it will screen at Spier wine estate’s ‘family movie night‘. So book now for your chance to watch Khumba under the stars!

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Khumba at Kunjanimation

Categories: Animation, Feature Film, Festival, khumba, SA industry, workshop | Posted by: Triggerfish

Khumba animators and artists were invited to this year’s Kunjanimation Animation Festival 2013, to share their experiences at the Triggerfish studio with students, industry professionals and the general public in Johannesburg. This is the 3rd edition of the SA animation festival.

After a week of business-related Kunjanimation seminars, the last day appropriately rounded the festival off on a creative note with inspiring art-related discussions and seminars as well as the highly-anticipated Kunjanimation Exhibition – all hosted and catered for at the WITS School of Arts. The line-up included two talks on the making of Khumba.

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Triggerfish at DISCOP Africa

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

Our CEO, Stuart Forrest, was invited this week to speak on a panel at DISCOP Africa.  The panel on African Animation was shared with Strika CEO Richard Grenville, and EVCL founder Adamu Waziri, and moderated by Animation SA volunteer,and Khumba Animation Lead!) Daniel Snaddon.  The panel explored some of the recent successes and ongoing challenges of animation in Africa. Asked what defined African animation, Forrest replied: “If it’s made in Africa, it’s African.”

 

The discussion highlighted the success of Zambezia worldwide, emphasising that the Triggerfish film was now the most successful South African owned film in thirty years.  “If there is ever going to be a South African film that penetrates the mainstream cinema stage worldwide, it’s highly likely it’s going to be an animated film.  Animation has the ability to transcend cultural barriers and overcome many of the challenges that face live-action films.”

 

Defending the use of Hollywood-based actors, Forrest acknowledged that the choice to go to Hollywood was difficult.  “But considering that only 4% of our revenue model comes from Africa, we need to be thinking globally about how to make the product internationally as entertaining as possible.  On Zambezia we auditioned 1,000 people from South Africa and 1,000 people from Hollywood, and we chose the voices that best fit the character we were casting for.  In most cases, the Hollywood actors extensive experience shone through. “ Besides, South Africans will also be able to watch Khumba in Afrikaans or Zulu and Triggerfish aims to dub their films into more African languages in the future.

 

In a panel later that day, Copper Monkey director Charlie Frost used Khumba as a great example of a winning brand partnership, citing the Wimpy collaboration where the quick service restuaurant chain launched a highly successful campaign coinciding with the release of Khumba.  Copper Monkey secured promotional partnerships for Khumba with Green Cross, Virgin active and Nal’iBali.

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