Funds fuel SA film studio's imagination
19 November 2013
Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia
, Cape Town animation studio Triggerfish has secured
funding to start developing its next five films.
The company is also exploring other financing options, which includes the possible
sale of a stake to a strategic partner, according to the National Film and Video
The studio has begun work on a variety of new titles, including Here be
and Seal Team
"We're particularly excited by these two highly original and exciting high-concept
stories," Anthony Silverston, head of development, told the NFVF this week. "And
although both stories have an ocean setting, they couldn't be more different."
Here Be Monsters
, which was selected for the creative focus pitch at the
Annecy International Animated Film Festival earlier this year, is an original story from
writer Raffaella Delle Donne, who worked on both of Triggerfish's previous films. The
film tells the story of a boy and a sea monster and will be the company's first attempt
at animating human characters.
is an action comedy that sees a group of Cape fur seals
pitted against their natural enemies: the great white sharks of South Africa. The script
is being written by Brian and Jason Cleveland of CMG, who handled world sales on
Triggerfish's previous films.
"We had a good working relationship with the Clevelands on Zambezia
and were impressed by their passion for the medium and for great stories," said
Stuart Forrest, a producer at Triggerfish. "It was great when they came with this
concept that is so close to home for us. Our first reaction was, 'Why didn't we think of
Triggerfish aims to release one film a year from 2016. Although the stories have all
been set in Africa so
far, the company has a global vision to create animated films
with universal messages for all ages.
The development funding was secured from Business Partners' Venture Fund, a
specialist risk finance company for formal small- to medium-enterprises in South
Africa and select African countries.
The funds will be used towards developing Triggerfish's slate of five animated feature
films and to expand the studio's digital department, building on existing properties and
exploring new ideas with apps and games.
is currently on circuit in South Africa, where it has held the
number 1 spot for two weeks. It will be released in the rest of the world in 2014.
Source: National Film and Video