Press release from www.triggerfishstudios.com
Triggerfish Animation Studios’ debut feature Adventures in Zambezia has been nominated for two
Annies this year. This is the first time in the history of the Annie Awards that a studio from Africa has
cracked the nomination list. The Hollywood-based awards are the most prestigious awards in the
animation industry, and are coveted by all the major studios.
Adventures in Zambezia has been nominated for Best Music by local composer Bruce Retief, with Jim
Cummings scooping a nomination for Best Voice Artist in the role of the villain, Budzo.
Executive Producer and head of the South African-based studio, Stuart Forrest is particularly proud
that it is the only independent animation to be nominated in both categories alongside animation
giants like Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony, Blue Sky and Illumination:
Forrest had to say, “It’s a huge honour for Triggerfish to be nominated alongside the greatest
animation studios in the world and an achievement, not just for us, but for South Africa’s industry as
Bruce Retief is also the composer on the studio’s second feature, Khumba, which has been picked up
by Millennium Entertainment for U.S. distribution and will be released in 2013.
More information available on request.
Triggerfish Animation Studios
Contact: Kirstin Barwise
Tel: +27 (0)21 713 4008
Notes to Editors
Adventures in Zambezia is directed by Wayne Thornley from a screenplay by Andrew Cook, Anthony
Silverston and Raffaella Delle Donne. Executive producers include Greg Becker and Claire Becker of
Wonderful Works, Mace Neufeld and Edward Noeltner of CMG.
Story’s set in Africa on the edge of the Zambezi waterfalls in a bird sanctuary led by the wise and
battle-tested Fish Eagle Sekhuru (voiced by Nimoy). The film follows a young flying daredevil falcon
who leaves to join the Hurricane defence flyers.
Adventures in Zambezia was selected for screening at the prestigious Annecy International
Animation Film Festival and won the Best South African Feature Film category at the 2012 Durban
International Film Festival.
Zambezia (Adventures in Zambezia in English territories) has been sold to over 40 territories and
within 12 weeks of release in 5 territories, had already sold over 1 million tickets.
Adventures in Zambezia is due to be released throughout South Africa, in 3D and 2D, on 28th
Khumba is directed by Anthony Silverston from a screenplay by Anthony Silverston and Raffaella
Delle Donne, and produced by Triggerfish Animation Studios.
When a half-striped zebra is blamed for the drought he leaves his herd in search of his missing
stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich; and
defeats the tyrannical, sadistic leopard, saving all the animals of the Karoo.
It’s not all black and white in this colourful adventure with a difference!
Khumba will be theatrically distributed in USA by Millenium Entertainment in Summer 2013 and
already has over 20 territories in presales.
About Triggerfish Animation Studios
Triggerfish Animation Studios is a Cape Town based media and entertainment company that brings
unique stories to the world through family-friendly animated feature films. The company employs
South Africa’s most talented animation specialists, software developers and visual artists. The studio
has completed its first award-winning feature film, Adventures in Zambezia, and is in mid-production
on its second feature film, Khumba, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2013.