South African Triggerfish Animation Studios wins the Oscars of animation – Le Cristal Award at Annecy Animation Festival

[ 0 ] June 22, 2016 |

Triggerfish Animation Studios based in Cape Town, South Africa – is a film and entertainment company that is capturing the world’s attention.

Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest says, “…it’s exciting times for African animation.” 

Stick Man Triggerfish’s’ collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, has won Le Cristal at Annecy, the top prize for a TV production at the world’s premier animation festival.

The Annecy animation festival ladies and gentlemen is basically the Oscars of animation. This is the biggest accolade yet for the acclaimed short film, which recently won Best Animation at both the BANFF World Media Festival and the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, as well as two British Animation Awards.

Stick Man

                                 Stick Man

Stick Man was produced by the UK based Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and International Emmy-winning production company, Magic Light Pictures – and if you haven’t already guessed it, animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish. The 26-minute short film was directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert and co-directed by South African Daniel Snaddon and was screened to nearly 10m people on BBC1 on Christmas day 2015. Voice cast include the likes of Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous),


Triggerfish seems to be doing something right, as this is one of many fantastic projects to come out of the Cape Town based animation studio. The team  will also be working on another adaptation for BBC’s Christmas special, the ultimately popular Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

“I’m so proud of the team who went beyond the call of duty to bring Stick Man to life,” says Snaddon. “Thank you to Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light, and the partners at Triggerfish, for this opportunity, and to Jeroen for bringing out the best in us.”

Stick Man and Dog

                      Stick Man and Dog

“This was Africa’s strongest showing at Annecy yet,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “In addition to Stick Man winning the TV category, our collaborator Clea Mallinson won the Animation du Monde pitching forum for her short Fairy Wheels; South African Naomi van Niekerk’s powder animation, n Gewone Blou Maandagoggend, won the Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film in the short film category; and Adama, a film set in West Africa, won the André-Martin Award for a French feature film. We also had a great response to the four TV series we’re developing from last year’s pan-African Triggerfish Story Lab, so it’s exciting times for African animation.”

Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister of Arts and Culture, congratulated Triggerfish on Twitter. “This is an achievement we can all be proud of as South Africans, because Annecy’s Cristal Awards are considered the Oscars of animation.”

Stick Man - An award winning short film by Triggerfish Animation Studios

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Have a look at previous Le Cristal winners at Annecy:

Room on the Broom

The Amazing World of Gumball

Shaun the Sheep

Peppa Pig.

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