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.
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.
The company, which has been dubbed “the Pixar of South Africa,” will work with the agency as it plans to produce five new feature film projects that it plans to produce over the next seven years.
LONDON – Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios has signed with WME for representation in all areas.
The Hollywood agency will work with the independent studio, known as “the Pixar of South Africa,” which plans to produce five new feature film projects over the next seven years.
Finweek recently sat down with Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. Read the full conversation here:
He’s the governing force behind the highest-grossing SA-owned film since the Eighties, and his production company just secured the development funding for two films as part of a five film slate, which we reckon makes him one of the most successful producers in the country, if not the entire continent. We spoke to Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest about the South African film industry, pitching to venture capital firms (VCs) and the one piece of advice he’ll give to anyone who will listen.
Triggerfish Celebrates Children’s Day
Triggerfish celebrated Children’s Day by inviting thirty young fans for a studio visit. The morning kicked off with a screening of the trailers for Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, then a couple behind-the-scenes videos with a clip showing the animators acting out some of the comedy scenes proving to be a real hit.
Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia (Sony International Acquisitions) and Khumba (Millennium Entertainment), Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has secured funding for the first phase of development for what aims to be a 5-film slate. The company continues to explore additional financing options and the possible sale of a stake to a strategic partner. Two of the films announced to go into development include Here be Monsters and Seal Team (working titles).
“We have a number of exciting properties in the pipeline,” says head of development Anthony Silverston, “But we’re particularly excited by these two highly original and exciting high concept stories. And although both stories have an ocean setting, they couldn’t be more different!”
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/
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.
Congratulations to director Wayne Thornley and the team at Triggerfish for winning the ‘Best Feature for Children’ prize for Zambezia at the 21st edition of Anima Mundi in Rio, Brazil. Check out the full list of winners here.
The award is the latest in a string of successes for the debut feature from Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, which followed up with its second feature film, Khumba, earlier this year.
Triggerfish partner and producer, Mike Buckland attended the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Yenagoa, Nigeria this past weekend to accept the award for for Best Animation. Adventures in Zambezia was nominated for the ‘African Oscar’ alongside fellow South African animation studio, Character Matters for their animated feature, Lion of Judah.