Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios is set to open a $3.5m incubator, the Triggerfish Story Lab for talented storytellers and filmmakers in Africa.
The story lab will provide an avenue for Africa’s talented storytellers and filmmakers to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s international network of mentors.
Shortlisted storytellers and filmmakers will attend an interactive 2-week workshop with world-renowned script consultants – Pilar Alessandra and Karl Iglesias – where they will pitch to a high-profile panel of experts. This will be followed by a final selection of the top 6, who will enter the Story Lab and go on an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to spend 2 weeks in mentorship and immersion at Disney.
According to a website announcement by Triggerfish, “We are looking for storytellers with high concept, original ideas, to submit their animated stories to our panel of experts. The top entries (minimum of 6) will enter the Story Lab where you will develop your story – after which it could become Africa’s next animated hit”.
Triggerfish will provide financial support, optional space to work, structured milestones, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors at each phase of development.
“The Story Lab will be a great catalyst for African creativity on the global stage,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “We look forward to opening up the Triggerfish production platform and our networks to the continent’s top creative talent.”
Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing the Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company.
To apply, you must be a citizen (or have a permanent resident status) of any African country; Must be up to 21 years of age and fluent in English. You may apply as a company, individually, or as a writing team.
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