News: Call For Entries (Film): Triggerfish Academy Is Looking For Future Animation Stars In Africa

Triggerfish Academy is running a competition to find great short animated films made by young creators in Africa, with prizes that include cash, mentoring from industry professionals, and being showcased in front of an international audience during South Africa's biggest animation festival.

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 23 January 2019
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Triggerfish Academy call for entries graphic

Triggerfish Academy (which is part of Triggerfish Animation Studios, an animation studio in Cape Town that has created international hits such as Adventures In Zambezia and Kumba), in partnership with Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Ministry For Economic Cooperation And Development, is looking for the next generation of animation talent from African countries so it has launched a short film contest that is open for entries until midnight on 31 January 2019.

Aspiring African filmmakers age 24 or younger can submit their short film (no more than three minutes) made using any animation method, including 3D animation, stop motion, and computer generated 2D animation). Teams may also enter but all the team members must be age 24 or younger and African nationals.

Triggerfish Academy call for entries graphic

The Triggerfish Academy web site lists some helpful resources if you've yet to start or are looking for some better software to help you in the process of creating a film. (You don't need a fancy computer - you can make something good using only a phone.)

YouTube link

In order to enter you need to sign up on the Triggerfish Academy web site, post the video to YouTube, and send the link to the organisers either via the Facebook page or by emailing it to academy[at]triggerfish[dot]com.

Filmmakers can submit as many entries as they want. The judges will specifically be looking at these four categories when they evaluate the entries:

• Storytelling (Is it clear and entertaining?)
• Storyboards (Are they carefully planned?)
• Animation (Did you apply the principles (see the video above)?)
• Character Design (Are your characters appealing?)

The winners of the categories:
• Best Film Overall
• Best Storyboard
• Best Story
• Best Character Design
• Best Use Of The Principles Of Animation
will receive two hours of remote mentoring from professionals working at Triggerfish.

The winning film in each of these categories:
• Best Junior Film (6-12 years)
• Best High School Film (13-19 years)
• Best Senior Film (20-24 years)
will each receive R1000.

Additionally, the top 20 entries will be showcased at this year's Cape Town International Animation Festival in March and will be highlighted on the Triggerfish Staff Picks playlist on YouTube.

You can find out more about the competition, and read about a few more entry requirements and items to take note of, on the Triggerfish Academy web site.

More Details:
Triggerfish Academy: Official Site, Facebook
Triggerfish Animation Studios: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube

Tags: Screen

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