Triggerfish Launches Story Lab; Submit Your Stories

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According to, 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 after the international success of its first two feature films.

“The dti is committed to developing a pool of creative talent that can produce international quality animation production scripts,” says Nelly Molokoane from the dti’s Film and TV Incentives Unit, adding that the department is honoured to support projects that will contribute to job creation.

Triggerfish will be investing up to R44m (South African Rand) over the next three years in The Story Lab, which aims to give Africa’s most talented storytellers and film-makers the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s international network of mentors.  Selected storytellers will potentially have their concepts developed into episodic TV content or an animated feature film for the global market.

Triggerfish is conducting a continent-wide search for storytellers.  These storytellers will be carefully selected, based not only on the creative and commercial merits of their concept, but also on their track record.

The entries will be evaluated by a high-profile panel of both local and international experts, including British director and co-founder of Aardman Peter Lord (Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists), Hollywood writer Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King) and a panel of development executives from The Walt Disney Company as well as South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

Shortlisted storytellers will take part in workshops with leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter.

The selected Story Lab participants will also receive two weeks of mentoring with key studio and television executives at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California.

The development process can take a number of years.  For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavour.

Applications are welcome from all writing and creative disciplines, not just experienced film and TV screenwriters. Applicants must be over 21 and either African citizens or permanent residents.  Entries must be in English.  Entries close 31st August, 2015.

For further information, interested persons should visit

Amarachukwu Iwuala

Amarachukwu Iwuala

A writer ... in pursuit of excellence

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