Triggerfish Studios invites applications to Story Lab from African film writers


South African animation film studio Triggerfish has called for applications to its “Story Lab”, a US$3.5 million initiative which will see budding film producers and script writers from across Africa receive funding and mentorship to develop their film ideas into reality.

Triggerfish announced the launch of the Triggerfish Story Lab yesterday, with the project run in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, and the Walt Disney Company.

Through the Story Lab initiative, Triggerfish said it will invest US$3.5 million in supporting its selected candidates over the next three years.

Participants could potentially see their ideas developed into episodic TV content, or an animated feature film for the global market.

Successful applicants will receive financial support, workspace, and expert mentorship to help develop their film projects, including a two week mentoring programme at Disney’s headquarters in California.  Also, Triggerfish said it will help with establishing routes to market for Story Lab participants, through existing relationship with Hollywood agencies.

“We are ready to bring a fresh voice to the world. We believe there is extraordinary talent in Africa and the Story Lab is the perfect way to partner with them,” said Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish.

“The Story Lab will be a great catalyst for African creativity on the global stage,” said Triggerfish chief executive officer (CEO) Stuart Forrest.

“We look forward to opening up the Triggerfish production platform and our networks to the continent’s top creative talent.”

Triggerfish said applications are welcome from all writing and creative disciplines, not just experienced film and TV screenwriters, and will close August 31.

Applications will be vetted by a panel of international film industry experts, with candidates to be selected on the creative and commercial value of their concept, as well as their proven track record.

“We are excited to be supporting Triggerfish on this innovative project,” said Christine Service, senior vice president and country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa.

“We believe the Story Lab provides a unique opportunity to discover this continent’s next generation of storytellers.”


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