3D animated movie shortlisted for Triggerfish’s Story Lab

The Crash, a 3D animation feature film project from Julia Smuts Louw (Sparks Flew Development Studio), has been accepted into the initial phase of Triggerfish’s Story Lab initiative, a script incubation programme launched this year with the support of the Walt Disney Company and the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

The Crash is a 3D comedy adventure in development that tells the story of a rhino named Spike who experiences a crisis of masculinity when he is robbed of his horn.

The project was also invited to PFM London, a financing market to which only 25 projects are admitted globally per year.

Now in its 9th year, PFM aims to match-make financiers with producers at an intensive two-day event. The Crash was also one of just five projects selected for a live pitch to an expert panel at PFM. In the same month, the project will be presented at Cinekid Amsterdam’s Junior Co-Production Market.

The production has won international attention, having been selected for MIFA’s prestigious pitch focus at the Annecy Animation Festival earlier this year.

Producer Julia Smuts Louw runs Sparks Flew together with partner Daniel Snaddon, developing original IP for long-form animation. For The Crash, the studio has partnered with Sisanda Henna of Diamond Hill as financing producer. Diamond Hill develops and packages motion picture projects for export.

Triggerfish’s Story Lab will see six projects chosen from the current shortlist of twenty for further development, and potential production, in January 2016.