Triggerfish Animation Studios has selected four features and four TV series for development from the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, established with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry and The Walt Disney Company.
“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. “We’re excited by the range of stories, that explore everything from contemporary urban to Afro-futuristic worlds. We’re looking forward to bringing something fresh to the screen.”
The feature films selected into the Story Lab are:
– “The Camel Racer” (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” (Mike Scott – SA)
– “KC’s Super 4” (Malenga Mulendema – Zambia)
– “Ninja Princess” (Marc Dey and Kelly Dillon – SA)
– “Wormholes” (Lucy Heavens – SA)
The selected storytellers include Nnedi Okorafor, a Nigerian-American World Fantasy Award winning novelist; multi-award-winning Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu; South African YouTube phenomenon Mike Scott, whose music videos for Goldfish have over 12 million views; and Lucy Heavens, one of the writers on the breakout South African animation hit “Supa Strikas,” which is broadcast in 120 countries around the world.
The Story Lab received a whopping 1,378 entries from 30 countries across Africa. 23 features and 14 TV series were shortlisted and developed over a two-week intensive workshop in Cape Town in November 2015 with Orion Ross, Vice President of Content – Animation, Digital and Acquisitions Disney Channels EMEA, and leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.”
Source / Read more : Indie Wire, December 17th, 2015