The three-year partnership with German government-funded program aims to foster local job growth through initiatives including free online courses on editing for animation and the launch of a 10-second animation competition for aspiring creators ages 18-35; entry deadline set for November 14.
South African-based Triggerfish animation studio has partnered with the German-funded Employment for Skills and Development in Africa (E4D) Program, a technical assistance project of the German government, to create opportunities in the local animation industry through training and job creation.
The three-year partnership, which was announced at the Cape Town International Festival (CTIAF), outlined the following goals:
- Expose 10,000 school leavers to the booming animation industry
- Launch free online courses introducing editing for animation
- Launch a 10-second animation competition
- Present four workshops at CTIAF
- Aims to remove the gap between animation training and the animation industry
Free online course on editing for animation
- The free online course on editing for animation is now available on Triggerfish Academy, a free digital learning platform that is opening access to African animation industry experts.
- The course is presented by Kerrin Kokot, animatic editor for DNEG’s ReDefine animation series. Kohot worked in the editorial department on Triggerfish’s upcoming feature Seal Team and the Oscar-nominated short film Revolting Rhymes.
Triggerfish Highlights from CTIAF:
- During CTIAF Triggerfish-E4D partnership presented an editing for animation workshop, also presented by Kohot along with Clea Mallinson, who recently edited Sunrise Productions’ Jungle Beat - The Movie.
- Triggerfish producer Kaya Kuhn participated in a ‘Producing Panel’, moderated by Pixar alumnus Esther Pearl.
- Kay Carmichael presented the making of Troll Girl, her debut short film, produced by her production company Giantslayer Studios and Triggerfish.
- Triggerfish Academy CEO Colin Payne, presented a workshop on remote working best practices, reflecting on how Triggerfish shifted to become a remote work studio during the pandemic.
10-second animation competition for ages 18-35:
- Now accepting submissions, prizes will include a Wacom One graphics tablet and a 30-minute one-on-one session with Mike Buckland, head of production at Triggerfish. The entry deadline is midnight November 14, 2021. For more information, click here.
Speaking of the growth and breakthroughs of the animation industry in Africa, Triggerfish Foundation director Carina Lücke noted, “…Disney has ordered Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, Kiya, Iwájú, and Kiff; Netflix is in production on Mama K’s Team 4; Cartoon Network is airing My Cartoon Friend and has greenlit Garbage Boy and Trash Can; and YouTube has renewed Super Sema for a second season. So, despite everything, there’s never been a better time to be an animator in Africa.”