Monday, September 07, 2015

Building Animation in Africa

Triggerfish Studios accepts submissions.

... Triggerfish Animation Studios, which has been called the Pixar of South Africa, received nearly 1,400 entries from storytellers and filmmakers in 30 countries for its Triggerfish Story Lab, which it launched with the support of the Walt Disney Co. and the country's Department of Trade and Industry earlier this year.

Triggerfish previously said that it would be investing up to $3.5 million over the next three years in the Story Lab, designed to give African storytellers and filmmakers the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside the studio's international network of mentors. ...

The Cape Town-based studio said the Story Lab received 1,378 submissions, with 1,174 for feature films and 204 for TV series. ... A group of 20 shortlisted storytellers will be announced in October and take part in workshops in November before making their final pitches, after which Triggerfish will announce the final Story Lab participants in December 2015.The selected Story Lab participants will receive two weeks of mentorship immersion with studio and TV executives at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank. ...

There are studios called "The Pixar of Europe," and "The Pixar of China," and now "The Pixar of Africa."

The Emeryville studio is obviously the coin of the realm, but Triggerfish's 2013 feature Khumba made $27,187,375 worldwide, per Box Office Mojo. So it has a bit of distance to cover before it receives the "Pixar" mantle. Maybe this Story Lab effort will help.


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