Khumba is up for an award in two categories at the 4th edition of the kykNET Silwerskermfees taking place in Cape Town August 27th-30th. The Silwerskermfees celebrates the burgeoning South African film industry and has proved itself as a renowned local film festival and aims not only to increase the exposure of young talent but to create an opportunity for dialogue between young upcoming filmmakers and established names within the industry. The awards take place Saturday 30th at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay.
The 2nd edition of OPEN DESIGN Cape Town took place from August 13-23rd with the theme “Design is for Change”. The annual, cross-disciplinary event is a recognized World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 event as well as a platform for a number of other WDC2104 projects throughout the full and varied programme. Triggerfish was pleased to take part in a few events:
The awards celebrate dynamic companies in the technology sector that have demonstrated growth. They aim to encourage the best companies to step forward as role models, and to inspire future technology start-ups.
Magic Light Pictureshas optioned the rights to adapt Stick Man, a children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
The company will create a half hour animated film version set to land in 2015.
“We‘re delighted to have the opportunity to adapt this wonderfully witty and emotional story about a ‘stick man’ who has to get back to his family in time for Christmas,” said Michael Rose, co-founder, Magic Light Pictures.
A huge thank you to everyone who has sent in their reel in response to our advertised job openings for our new project back in April! We’ve recieved an overwhelming amount of applications and it has been truly inspiring to see the tremendous talent that exists in South Africa.
We’re sure that many people are wondering what happened to their application and whether they have been successful in finding a place. With so many applicants, we simply could not respond to every submission and so we thought it would be a good idea to give an update on our progress. It is quite a tricky process to make sure that we have exactly the right person in each available position and we have had to be very selective and thoughtful in evaluating every applicant.
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.