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Triggerfish at Annecy 2015

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Earlier this month, Triggerfish attended Annecy International Animation Festival for the 4th year running. This comes after 2012, where Adventures in Zambezia screened, 2013 where Khumba premiered in competition and 2014 where Triggerfish Head of Development, Anthony Silverston was invited back to sit on the jury. This year, a group of 9 Triggerfish employees were part of a 40-strong South African delegation to the international animation festival and market in France.

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French Ambassador visits Triggerfish

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On 2 March 2015, Ambassador Barbier visited Triggerfish Animation Studios, which produced the feature films “Adventures in Zambezia” and “Khumba”. These two animated films met great success worldwide, especially in France. “Khumba” even had its world premiere in competition at the Annecy animated film festival in 2013 and the following year director Anthony Silverston served as a judge in the competition.

The studio, located near Constantia, currently employs more than 70 people working on three different projects.

Following the visit of a French delegation to South Africa in 2014, Triggerfish will be hosting two students from the Emile Cohl animated school (in Lyon) later this year.

As part of the special SA call for projects at Annecy/MIFA 2015, which will include some time spent in France and mentorship from French partners for the winning project, Triggerfish could be involved in supporting the project from the South African side.

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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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Triggerfish gets special recognition award from Premier

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The creators of animated feature films, Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba received an unexpected honour when Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, presented the studio with a special recognition award for Global Reach at Thursday night’s Premier Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards held at the CTICC.

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New Jobs and Paid Internships at Triggerfish

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We’re always eager to find great new talent to join our team, and in 2015 Triggerfish will be offering 4 graduates the opportunity to join the studio as part of our 8 month paid internship program.

The team on our exciting half hour film, “Stick Man” is also expanding and we have some new job opportunities available in the New Year.

For more information, please visit our Careers page. Please fill in your application on our on-line submission form and if it looks like we could have a place for you, we’ll be in touch.

NB: For this project, applications unfortunately are limited to South African citizens ONLY.


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Oct 29 2014
POP the Culture!

POP the Culture!

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POP The Culture launches it’s training and workshop programme during the 2014 Kunjanimation animation festival running from 26th November – 30th November and various members of the Triggerfish team will be presenting workshops and masterclasses alongside other industry experts during the event. See below for more details and join the Facebook group for updates.

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Triggerfish CEO in 100 World Class South Africans

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Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest has been named as one of 100 World Class South Africans in City Press’s inaugural compilation of 100 most extraordinary achievers.

Forrest was listed amongst other ‘Groundbreakers & Thought Leaders’. According to the news publication, the selection process was rigorous for the 100 living South Africans who have achieved world class status in the arts, sciences, business, design, civil society and sport.

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Triggerfish 3rd place in Vision to Reality Awards

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Last night, Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest accepted the award for third place in the 2014 PwC  Vision to Reality Awards which celebrate dynamic companies in the technology sector that have demonstrated growth. The awards aim to encourage the best companies to step forward as role models, and to inspire future technology start-ups, as well as to recognise and honour companies whose outstanding achievements have made them some of South Africa’s most successful technology companies.

Read more about the gala awards ceremony and the winners on Ventureburn.

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