Nigerian actor Kehinde Bankole, Ugandan-born German actor Florence Kasumba and South African rapper Nasty C will lend their voices to Disney animated series Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire.
The 10-episode series is executive produced by Peter Ramsey and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and South Africa-based Triggerfish Animation Studios.
Kizazi Moto is derived from the Swahili phrase ‘kizazi cha moto,’ which means ‘fire generation,’ capturing the passion, innovation and excitement of this new cohort of African filmmakers.
Bankole has starred in movies including Blood Sisters, the upcoming Sista, Dear Affy and Love Castle. Kasumba has starred in Marvel Studios films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has received the MIFA Animation Industry Award at Annecy 2021 in celebration of African animation.
The Cape Town animation company was recognised for its contribution to African animation, its vision to grow both locally and globally, its mentorship scheme for African creators as well as its academy and online courses.
“This is to highlight the pioneering role that the company has played in animation in South Africa, and Africa most widely,” said Véronique Encrenaz, head of MIFA, who handed the 2021 award to Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest.
“We have decided to award Triggerfish this year when African animation is celebrating in Annecy. This is to highlight the pioneering role that the company has played in animation in South Africa and Africa most widely. To highlight its non-stop contribution to develop and to produce, to structure and to share, to encourage and to mentor African professionals and artists. These are values we share at MIFA.
“Triggerfish has played a role to structure an industry and convince all public and private partners of the necessity to build an eco-system that will serve a whole community of professionals in animation in SA and across the African continent.”
Forrest added: “Thank you for acknowledging Triggerfish this way. We are really privileged to be collaborating with some top African talent to bring new stories to the world and we are very excited over the next two years to bring you more amazing work.”
“We’ve been very fortunate to come of age in a time when the world really is looking for other voices. We know animation has a unique ability to cross boundaries, so we’re so excited to share the new wave of groundbreaking African creatives with the world.”
Triggerfish productions Khumba and Stick Man are two of the closing night films at MIFA, on Saturday June 19.
In 2016, Triggerfish won the Cristal award for best TV production at the Annecy/MIFA awards for Stick Man. It also received accolades at the Banff World Media Festival, the Shanghai International Film & TV Festival and two British Animation Awards.