Khumba has been awarded TWICE at the International “Gold Panda” Awards! The film about a zebra from the Karoo who searches for his missing strips took home Best Overseas Animated Feature as well as the Grand Prize in a ceremony held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on the 15th of November.
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.
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.
Experience the essence of Afro Optimism when SA is represented at the Absa VUKA Showcase this year in East London. Taste, listen to, and see the talent and creativity streaming out of the borders of this ever-developing country. Over the weekend of Nov 1-3 Triggerfish will be attending the inaugural event as part of the Vision showcase Programme. Producer Mike Buckland will be discussing the making of Zambezia while director Anthony Silverston will talk about Khumba. Animator and Shot Supervisor Kane Croudace will also be on hand to demonstrate the animation software. Says Buckland “Triggerfish is excited to be represented at an event with the positive theme of Awakening Afro Optimism since this aligns with our greater vision to portray a positive vision of Africa and its talent to the world.”
For a full line up of presentations, visit http://absavuka.co.za/
After successful screenings at Annecy, Durban and Toronto international festivals earlier this year, Triggerfish animation’s second feature “Khumba” has been selected to screen at a number of other film festivals globally.
Most recently KHUMBA was selected as the family film at Brisbane International Film Festival where it will be screening on Sunday 17th and Saturday 23rd November.
This weekend, audiences in Cape Town will be treated to a selection of some of the best shorts from around the world as the shnit International Shorfilmfestival presents an explosive Short Film Experience like no other. The most recent masterpieces from all corners of the world, together in one festival: 200 films. 8 cities. 1 global weekend.
In it’s 11th edition – its fourth year in South Africa – the festival returns to The Labia Theatre in Cape Town and to the Neelsie’s Pulp Cinema in Stellenbosch, with additional events and screenings at venues in and around Cape Town city bowl, Stellenbosch and stretching to the furthest limits of the greater city.
Triggerfish partner Anthony Silverston was selected as one of the members of the Jury for Made in SA, an awards category just for Mzansi, celebrating the best of South African short film on a world-class level. This year 21 films over three programme blocks will be evaluated by the jury. One prize to be awarded… and the winner takes it all.
South African 3D animated feature film Khumba, which had its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week, has been bought by three major international independent distributors – Australia’s Transmission, UK’s Kaleidoscope and Italy’s Eagle Pictures.
Khumba is the second 3D animated feature from Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, whose Adventures in Zambezia was the highest-grossing South African film in 30 years and has made over US$28-million at the box-office worldwide.
Terrific” was the word Triggerfish CEO, Stuart Forrest, used to the describe audience response to Khumba at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). The film was one of five children’s movies chosen for the TIFF Kids Programme.
Triggerfish is pleased to be involved in various events at the first ever Open Design CT festival. The annual event is a citywide cross-disciplinary celebration and sharing of design and design-thinking. Taking place from 21 – 31 August, this inaugural 10-day event creates an educational, informative and inclusive platform where through design and its numerous disciplines, it aims to galvanise Cape Town’s community to openly share their design with each other, raising awareness to the significance and relevance of design today.
Kelly Dillon who headed up digital media at Triggerfish spoke at Pecha Kucha volume 25. The idea of this monthly event is for speakers to present something about which they are passionate using 20 images displayed for 20 seconds each. Kelly spoke to the crowd of almost 700 which filled Cape Town’s beautiful City Hall about “finding the fun” in businesses and products using the concept of “gamification”.
Wayne Thornley, director of “Adventures in Zambezia” will speak at “Talk 100″ where industry professionals share their experiences and expertise with the public and young emerging designers. The session takes place August 30 August, 10:00 to 12:00 at the Cape Town City Hall Events Room. Wayne will present alongside Shy the Sun showcasing work and discussing the value and impact of using imagination, illustration, animation and storytelling in the commercial market and world of animated movies today.
An exhibition of some artwork from Zambezia will also be on display.
Triggerfish partners Anthony Silverston and Stuart Forrest will soon be heading to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for the screening of Triggerfish’s second feature film “Khumba”. This comes after the film’s world premier in France where Khumba was selected in competition at Annecy, followed by its African launch at 2013 Durban International Film Festival last month. Khumba, the story of a half-striped zebra, will have its North American premiere in the TIFF Kids programme at the prestigious festival.