South Africa's Triggerfish Animation Studios has scooped three big awards at three different events for working on animating a Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake classic book, Revolting Rhymes.
Revolting Rhymes was produced by Magic Light Pictures and animated at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation Studios.
The first award was for Best Storytelling at the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China, this was followed by an award for Best Animation at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada which took place from 11 to 14 June 2017. To cap it all off, Revolting Rhymes won the Cristal for Best TV Production at Annecy in France, the world’s premier animation festival.
This is not the first time that the South African animation studio has scooped awards internationally. In 2016, working together again with Magic Light Pictures and producing for BBC, the animation they worked on called Stick Man also won awards at Shanghai, BANFF, and Annecy.
South Africa's film industry continues to be an important part of the country's economy as the country's National Film and Video Foundation’s (NFVF) released its second Economic Impact Assessment report which revealed that the film industry's GDP contribution had increased from approximately $269 million (R3,5 billion) in 2013 to $415 million (R5,4 billion) in 2016.
“The animation sector is still the smallest part of the film industry, according to the NFVF’s study, but our three awards on three continents this weekend are further proof that we are punching above our weight. We believe that with continued government support, animation can become a key, job-intensive growth sector in South Africa,” said Stuart Forrest, CEO at Triggerfish Animation Studios.