As part of its Triggerfish Story Lab initiative announced earlier this year, South African animation company Triggerfish Studios, has selected a total of 8 African stories for development into feature films / TV series. (continues below... )
The stories selected include "The Camel Rider" by Wanuri Kahiu and award-winning sci-fi/fantasy novelist Nnedi okorafor, "Wormholes" by Lucy heavens - who writes the successful "Supa Strikas" TV series, "Bru and Boegie" by South African YouTube sensation Mike Scott, "Dropped" by Ian Tucker, "Lights" by Kay Carmichael, "The Wild Waste" by Naseem Hoosen, "KC’s Super 4" by Malenga Mulendema and Ninja Princess by Marc Dey and Kelly Dillon. These winners were selected from 1,378 entries received from across 30 African countries.
The selected storytellers will start the new year with a two-week immersion trip to Disney’s headquarters in California, where they will receive mentoring from key studio and TV executives.
Sometimes called the "Pixar of South Africa", Triggerfish Animation Studios is the company behind the feature films "Adventures in Zambezia" (2012), and "Khumba" (2013).
Triggerfish Story Lab - announced in July 2015 – is a $3.5 million backed initiative aimed at developing African writers and directors in the field of animated production, over the next 3 years. The project is supported by the Walt Disney Company, and has financial backing from the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.
Established in Cape Town, South Africa in 1996, Triggerfish started as a stop-frame animation studio, producing popular commercials for South African advertising agencies. Later the company produced animation for the South African version of Sesame Street, among others until 2006, when the company shifted to motion pictures by writing their first script Adventures in Zambezia - subsequently released in 2012. Triggerfish are currently working on 2 more feature films: "Here Be Monsters" (2016), and "Seal Team" (2017).
Enjoy this video of Triggerfish's journey below!