Kizazi Moto Enkai

South African and Ireland-based animation powerhouse, Triggerfish, has swept the award season, marking a major victory for African animation on the world stage.

Their groundbreaking Disney+ original series, Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, recently clinched the prestigious Annie Award for Best Limited Series (TV/Media) in Los Angeles. This triumph was followed by a Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series (Tweens/Teens) earlier in February. These accolades highlight the exceptional talent and storytelling prowess of the diverse team at Triggerfish, who led the production of this captivating anthology series.

Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire is an action-packed sci-fi adventure that presents futuristic visions inspired by Africa’s rich history and cultures. Since its release last July, the series has captivated audiences worldwide with its compelling narratives, vibrant visuals, and unique characters.

The series’ success is a testament to the exceptional collaboration between diverse talents. Guided by Disney and executive producers Peter Ramsey, Tendayi Nyeke, and Anthony Silverston, the series came to life under the direction of 14 African directors from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The star-studded voice cast, featuring renowned names like Florence Kasumba, Pearl Thusi, Nasty C, and Kehinde Bankole, breathed life into the characters and elevated the storytelling experience.

Kizazi Moto Surf Sangoma

Enkai, an episode directed by Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii and produced by Blink Industries, was another standout achievement. This striking cosmic fantasy, depicting a high-stakes world on the brink, not only won the Annie Award but also earned a finalist spot at the Prix Jeunesse International competition.

Triggerfish’s winning streak extends beyond Kizazi Moto. Their short film Aau’s Song, a fantastical Star Wars-inspired tale of self-discovery created for the Star Wars: Visions Vol. 2 anthology, bagged an Annie Award for Best Music – TV/Media. The film, directed by South African duo Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke, is also nominated for a Prix Jeunesse International award and helped the Star Wars: Visions Vol. 2 series win the Lumiere Award for Best Episodic – Animated.

Adding to their impressive list, Triggerfish’s original series, Supa Team 4 on Netflix, inspired by Zambian creator Malenga Mulendema, is a contender for the Best International Series at the upcoming British Animation Awards.

“These global recognitions are a significant milestone not only for Triggerfish but for the entire African animation industry,” says Triggerfish Executive Producer, Anthony Silverston. “They mark a growing appreciation for fresh storytelling and authentic representation of African narratives in animation on the global stage.”