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.”
“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.”
Nyanga Sky (South Africa) – Directed by Matthew Griffiths and produced by Rafeeqah Galant.
The Wound (South Africa) – Directed by John Trengove and produced by Elias Ribeiro
Home Expulsion (Rwanda) – Directed and produced by Kayambi Musafiri
Shattered by Philani Ndaba
In search of African Duende: The Uganda Flamenco Project (Uganda) – Directed by Caroline Kamya and produced by Keren Cogan.
Hawa Hawaii (Kenya) – Directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed.
Alex On Seventh (South Africa) – Directed by Engelbert Phiri and produced by Guy Bragge.
The Sound of Masks (South Africa) – Directed by Kofi Zwana and produced by Sara Gouveia.
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The CineMart Award, sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, has been awarded to Hawa Hawaii (Kenya) – Directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed. This award invites and sponsors this DFM 2014 fiction winning project to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training and networking event bringing together producers from all over the world.
For the ‘Most Promising Documentary Pitch’ award, sponsored by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), has been awarded to The Sound of Masks (South Africa) – Directed by Kofi Zwana and produced by Sara Gouveia. This award will provide Kofi Zwana and Sara Gouveia with an IDFA and Forum Pass, with a 4-night hotel stay and daily allowance. They will also receive guidance and information on how to make the most of the festival and have meetings set up.
The New Cinema Network award has been awarded to Alex On Seventh (South Africa) – Directed by Engelbert Phiri and produced by Guy Bragge. This award gives Engelbert Phiri and Guy Bragge the opportunity to attend the 9th edition NCN in Rome, taking place on the 19 – 21 October 2014, with the chance to present their work to active companies of the International Film industry.
The award sponsored by Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes), a developmental workshop programme aimed to familiarize producers with a variety of important tools and international techniques, has been awarded to Hawa Hawaii (Kenya) – Directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed. This award gives Amirah Tajdin, Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed the invaluable opportunity of travel and accommodation to the “Produire au Sud (PAS) workshop”, where they will be given tools, expertise, and new connections especially with European networks through this one week unique training programme.
The Docubox award, an East-African documentary film fund, has been awarded to In search of African Duende: The Uganda FlamencoProject (Uganda) – Directed by Caroline Kamya and produced by Keren Cogan. This Ugandan documentary project will have the support for their non-Kenyan East African Documentary production with $2500 development funds.
Shattered by Philani Ndaba won the Restless Talent Pitch award, which is a one-year representation deal for the project by Restless Talent Management, who provide development services such as image-building and positioning, project packaging, PR, and advises its clients on film sales, distribution and promotion.
Home Expulsion (Rwanda) – Directed and produced by Kayambi Musafiri was awarded with the Organisation Internationale de Francophonie (OIF) award of €5000.
While, The Wound (South Africa) – Directed by John Trengove and produced by Elias Ribeiro have been awarded the ARTE France International Prize of €6000 for their feature film project.
The Videovision Entertainment ‘Best South African Film Project’ prize valued at R75 000, has been awarded to Nyanga Sky (South Africa) – Directed by Matthew Griffiths and produced by Rafeeqah Galant. This award guarantees Nyanga Sky a release once the project is completed and includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment.
Afridocs, a new award that was inspired by the Durban FilmMart events, was awarded to Amal (Egypt) by Mohamed Siam. A cash prize value €4000.
Here’s a pic of the award winners… jeez some of these people look exhausted!