SA animation 'Stick Man' wins top TV prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival

26 June 2016 - 10:00 By TMG Entertainment

'Stick Man', Triggerfish’s collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, has won Le Cristal at Annecy, the top prize for a TV production at the world’s premier animation festival.

Stick Man
Stick Man
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"I’m so proud of the team who went beyond the call of duty to bring Stick Man to life," said co-director of the film, Daniel Snaddon, in a press statement. "Thank you to Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light, and the partners at Triggerfish, for this opportunity, and to Jeroen for bringing out the best in us."

Stick Man was produced by Magic Light Pictures, an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA and International Emmy-winning production company in the UK, and animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish.  The 26-minute film was directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert, while Daniel served as a co-director.

The short film features the voices of  Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville and Jennifer Saunders. According to the press statement, it was screened to nearly 10 million people on BBC1.

Speaking of this achievement, Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest revealed that Stick Man was Africa’s strongest showing at Annecy yet.

Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister of Arts and Culture, congratulated the animation studios on Twitter. "This is an achievement we can all be proud of as South Africans, because Annecy’s Cristal Awards are considered the Oscars of animation," he wrote.

Watch the trailer below: