South Africa: Triggerfish closed deals in Cannes


Triggerfish, a Cape Town-based media and entertainment company passionate about producing original character-driven stories with universal appeal went to Cannes’ film festival and closed a few distribution deals.

Its recent animations, “Adventures in Zambezia” (‘Drôles d’Oiseaux’ in French) - starring Abigail Breslin, Leonard Nimoy and Samuel L. Jackson - and “Khumba” – the story of a half-striped zebra - stole hearts in Cannes and have been well received at the market.

“It is phenomenal how much attention there has been on both Khumba and Adventures in Zambezia” says Marketing Director, Kirsten Barwise who was there with director, Anthony Silverston.

“My first trip to Cannes was an incredible experience,” said Anthony. “It was the first time the completed film was shown to an audience so it was a great relief when the market screenings were well received. Our sales agent closed a few more deals after the screenings. We had back-to-back meetings with our various distributors who were all very pleased with their results on Zambezia and excited to get behind Khumba in an even bigger way!”

Adventures in Zambezia was selected for screening at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival and won the Best South African Feature Film category at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival. ‘Adventures in Zambezia’ is set to become Africa’s most successful film export.

Established in 1996 as a boutique stop-frame animation studio the company built on its success in the television commercials industry. In 2001, Triggerfish was invited to produce animation for the first season of the local version of US educational program, Sesame Street, which won numerous awards and nominations at festivals around the world. This project - over 40 minutes of animation - is still the largest international animation project ever awarded to a South African company. Triggerfish directed and produced all the material, coordinating 10 animation studios across South Africa.

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