Annecy 2014was 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 whenKhumba premiered in competition at the festival.
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.
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.
A rare zebra/donkey cross born in Mexico has been named Khumba – and we can only imagine that it’s after Triggerfish’s animated feature film of the same name featuring Khumba the half-striped zebra as its lead character. This comes after a quagga-like foal born in Cape Town was also named Khumba last year.
Khumba director Anthony Silverston was recently in Germany, both as a visiting artist at the HFF in Berlin and for the 21st International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart (ITFS) where Khumba screened in competition.
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.
Khumba, the second animated feature from Triggerfish Animation Studios nabbed Best Music Composition in a Feature Film as well as Best Animation at the 8th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs 2014). There to accept his award on Friday night was composer Bruce Retief who was also nominated in the same category last year for his work on “Adventures in Zambezia.”
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!