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2015-12-14 17:34

Cape Town - The South African film industry looks to be in good health as their entries impressed the animation studio Triggerfish when they unveiled the selected four features as well as four television series set for development.

The South African animation studio selected these eight projects as part of the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab initiative – an initiative that is run in partnership with the Walt Disney Company and South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry.

Of the four features selected, three were from South African entrants with one from Kenya. There were also three TV series selected from South Africans with the remaining one from Zambia.

Triggerfish received 1378 entries from hopeful storytellers and filmmakers from 30 countries across Africa.

From those entries, 23 features and 12 TV series were shortlisted with the shortlisted entries attending a workshop in Cape Town in November.

“From misfit Zambian girls who become low-budget superhero-super-spies to a stubborn 12-year-old Kenyan girl who defies tradition by racing camels, from a young South African scientist who accidentally turns her annoying little sister into a new source of electricity to a timid lemming who must defy his nature, these are characters we fell in love with,” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish in a statement.

Hollywood script consultant, Pilar Alessandra, and vice president of content for animation, digital and acquisitions at Disney Channels EMEA, Orion Ross, were present at the workshop.

Eventually four features as well as four TV series were selected for development.

The feature films selected into the Story Lab are The Camel Racer (by Wanuri Kahiu and Nnedi Okorafor – Kenya/Nigeria), Dropped (Ian Tucker - SA), Lights (Kay Carmichael – SA), The Wild Waste (Naseem Hoosen - SA).

The TV series selected into the Story Lab are Bru and Boegie (by Mike Scott – SA), KC’s Super 4 (Malenga Mulendema - Zambia), Ninja Princess (Marc Dey and Kelly Dillon - SA), Wormholes (Lucy Heavens - SA)

Triggerfish has produced two feature films: Adventures in Zambezia (2012), starring Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin and Samuel L. Jackson, and Khumba (2013), starring Jake T. Austin, AnnaSophia Robb and Liam Neeson.


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