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SA animation set for Toronto festival

2013-09-04 10:27
Cape Town - Triggerfish, the breakout South African animation studio behind last year's 3D hit Adventures in Zambezia, will be representing SA at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) later this month, with their new movie Khumba.

Triggerfish partners Anthony Silverston and Stuart Forrest will soon be heading to the prestigious TIFF where the Cape Town-based company's second animated feature film Khumba will compete with some of the best international children's films in the TIFF Kids programme. 

This will also mark the film's North American premiere following its world premiere in France where Khumba was selected in competition at Annecy and its African launch at 2013 Durban International Film Festival last month.

Khumba follows the adventures of a young zebra born with only half his stripes. When his superstitious herd blame him for the sudden drought affecting the land, Khumba teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes.

International and SA cast

On his daring quest across the Great Karoo desert, Khumba meets a host of quirky characters and comes face-to-face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.

Khumba also boasts an international cast that features the voice talents of Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne, Richard E. Grant and Liam Neeson, as well as popular South African comedy stars Rob van Vuuren and Nik Rabinowitz.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs from 5-15 September and continues to shine a spotlight on international films which will set their sights on nest year's Oscars race. 

The Kids Festival line-up consists of five family-friendly titles from around the world representing a diverse range of cultural perspectives. The themes explored include courage, camaraderie, love and acceptance and are aimed at both young and young at heart festival goers.

The 5 films selected for TIFF Kids are: Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, France/Brazil), Antboy (Ask Hasselbalch, Denmark), Khumba (Anthony Silverston, South Africa), The World of Goopi and Bagha (Shilpa Ranade, India), Zip and Zap and The Marble Gangi (Oskar Santos, Spain).

Khumba has already been sold to over 40 territories by LA-based sales agent Cinema Management Group with a few deals on major territories yet to be finalised at Toronto.

Khumba will be released in both English and Afrikaans in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution on 25 October 2013.

Watch the trailer here.

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