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Triggerfish Scoops Multiple Honours as African Animation Shines this Award Season

Internationally renowned South Africa/Ireland-based animation studio, Triggerfish has bagged a number of honours this award season, marking a significant triumph for African animation in the highly competitive motion picture industry.

 

The ground-breaking Disney+ Original Series Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire has just clinched the prestigious Annie Award for “Best Limited Series” (TV/Media) at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday 17 February.  The series also recently won the Kidscreen Award for “Best Animated Series (Tweens/Teens)” in San Diego, earlier this month.  These accolades recognise the creativity and storytelling expertise of the multi-talented team at Triggerfish, the lead production studio behind the anthology series

 

The action-packed animated sci-fi series Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire presents futuristic visions from Africa inspired by the continent’s diverse histories and cultures, and has been enchanting audiences worldwide with its compelling narrative, vibrant imagery, and original characters since its release in July last year.

 

This achievement is a testament to the exceptional collaboration of the team behind the scenes. Guided by Disney, executive producers Peter Ramsey, Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston and helmed by a group of 14 directors from across the African continent including Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and  Zimbabwe, the series was brought to life with authenticity and passion. The star-studded voice cast, included Florence Kasumba (Black PantherWonder Women), Pearl Thusi (Queen Sono), Nasty C (multi-award winning South African rapper) and Kehinde Bankole (The New NormalSista) delivering captivating performances, breathing life into the characters and enhancing the storytelling experience.

 

The winning series episode Enkai, directed by Kenyan Ng’endo Mukii and produced by Blink Industries, is a striking cosmic, end-of-the-world, high-stakes fantasy.  It was also selected as a finalist for Prix Jeunesse International in the 7-10 Years Fiction category.

 

Triggerfish also won an Annie Award for “Best Music – TV/Media” at the ceremony for its short film Aau’s Song, a fantasy Star Wars-inspired journey of a child finding her destiny, created for the Star Wars: Visions Vol. 2 anthology series by South African directors Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke. Additionally, Aau’s Song has been nominated for a Prix Jeunesse International award. The series as a whole has also taken home the Lumiere Award for the “Best Episodic – Animated.”

 

In addition to this long list of recent accolades, Triggerfish’s original Supa Team 4 on Netflix, inspired by Zambian creator  Malenga Mulendema, is up for “Best International Series” at the British Animation Awards in March.

 

“The affirming acknowledgement from these global awards marks a significant milestone not only for all at Triggerfish, but the African animation industry too, highlighting the growing recognition and appreciation for fresh storytelling and authentic representation of African narratives in animation,” says Triggerfish Executive Producer, Anthony Silverston.

 

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