Triggerfish’s Story Lab has big money for strong story ideas

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Have you got the script for the next Lion King in your desk drawer? If so, Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation Studios newly established Story Lab could be just the thing to take your idea from the drawing board to the screen.

Triggerfish has secured the support of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Walt Disney Company and raised more than R40 million to help African storytellers and filmmakers develop their scripts and, potentially, turn them into international animated series or feature films.

Story Lab will offer funding and access to an international network of mentors. Applications aren’t limited to screenwriters and are welcome from “all writing and creative disciplines”. Applicants must be over 21 and either African citizens or permanent residents. Entries must be in English and must be submitted by 31 August 2015.

Triggerfish already has two successful animated films under its belt which makes it the ideal studio to drive this new talent-seeking initiative. It’s animated feature films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba have been distributed in over 150 countries and dubbed into more than 27 languages.Triggerfish still twoStory Lab entries will be evaluated by a panel of local and international experts, including British director and co-founder of Aardman Peter Lord of Chicken Run fame, Hollywood writer Jonathan Roberts and script consultant Karl Iglesias. A panel of development executives from Walt Disney will also evaluate entries alongside South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

The shortlisted storytellers will get to participate in workshops with Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra and will receive two weeks of mentoring with studio and television executives at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California.

“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.”

Taking an idea from paper to production can take years, which is why Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance through the entire development process, as well as route-to-market advice via Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor.

All the details on applying can be found here. Time to get scribbling.

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