Current Competition

The Triggerfish Foundation 10 Second Animation Competition is back!

We are calling out to all our creative storytellers who have a passion for animation to enter this exciting competition and stand a chance to win a brilliant prize.

Each year, the Triggerfish Foundation hosts a competition to expose and identify local animators by encouraging them to develop their talent and portfolios by entering and putting their skills to the test. The competition is to run from the 3rd of May 2022 till midnight of the 14 June 2022.


Create a 10-second character-driven animated clip of your choosing, showing off your artistic originality and technical animation skills.

You can submit any of the following:

  • A 3D animation by using any free online rig 
  • A 2D animation 
  • Stop Motion  
  • Cutout animation

Watch our online training videos, where you can learn some of these principles of animation.


Some of the criteria we will be are looking at is:

  • Story
  • Principles of animation
  • Technicality
  • Creativity


  • The winners will be chosen by our panel of professional animators from Triggerfish Animation Studios.
  • The winners will be announced on the website and our Facebook page after Judging is completed near the end of June 2022.
  • The intent of this competition is to encourage and incentivise African youth to explore animation as a medium of self-expression. The organisers reserve the right to remove any project they determine to be acting against this spirit.
  • Creators must be between the ages of 18 to 35—i.e. maximum 35 years on 14 June 2022.
  • Only South African nationals or residents are eligible. Entrants will be required to prove eligibility before winning any prizes.
  • Final deadline for submission is midnight on 14 June 2022 South African Standard Time.

*All entries must have been created specifically for this competition–no existing     material or clips from existing material will be eligible.

  • Judges’ decision is final.
  • All rights remain with the creator, but the creator agrees that the Triggerfish Academy has the right to upload clips onto social media and for all other promotional purposes.  In all cases the Academy will attempt to credit and tag the creator.   
  • Group entries will be considered but each group member must be credited, and each group member must comply with the age group limits. Only one prize will be issued per entry, regardless of how many members in the group. The group should nominate a spokesperson.
  • Submissions can be created in any animation medium (Stop Frame, 2D Animation, Computer Generated).
  • The animation must not contain offensive material. Material will be deemed offensive if it promotes ethnic or racial hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, contains vulgar or gratuitous nudity or adult material or may be otherwise classified as pornography.
  • Applicants can submit a maximum of 5 entries each.
  • Films shorter than 9 seconds or exceeding 11 seconds will not be considered.
  • Creators must complete the entry form in full to be considered.
  • The visual and audio contents of the film should not infringe on copyrighted material.
  • The organisers reserve the right to make modifications to the terms and conditions without notification.
  • The organisers reserve the right to investigate any applicant’s eligibility under the rules, and to disqualify any applicant found to have submitted false information, or not complied with the rules of entry, even if they are the winning applicant.  In this event the prize will go to the closest other contestant, at the discretion of the judges.
  • No current employee or immediate family member of Triggerfish Animation Studios, the Triggerfish Foundation, Triggerfish Academy, the Goethe-Institut, GIZ or the Walt Disney Company is eligible to receive prizes.

Triggerfish Academy is made possible through the support of Triggerfish, Goethe-Institut, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Walt Disney Company. 

By ticking this box, I acknowledge that I agree to the Triggerfish Academy’s Terms and Conditions, which I have read, and that the work submitted does not violate the rights of others.

Making an Animated Short Film: Gale of the Cape

Developed by Jeani Varty and Daniela Del Castello

All footage from Gale of the Cape, work in progress footage or production images used courtesy of Jeani Varty.

Gale of the Cape was created by:

Jeani Varty – Director, Visual Development Artist, Animator
Daniela Del Castello – Co-Director, Visual Development Artist, Animator
Lola Aikins – Visual Development Artist, Animator
Tshegofatso “Toreshi” Pitseng – Visual Development Artist, Animator
Claudia Caprin – Visual Development Artist, Animator
Keiara Reddy – Animator, Visual Development Artist, Game Concept Design
David Waugh – Composer, Music
Pete O’Donoghue – Sound design

Additional Credits:

Every effort has been made to credit the creators of reference material. Please contact us if you
have any questions at 

Module 2: The Research Phase


Photo by Airam Datoon


Photos by @red_lips_n_hips,


Photo by RODNAE Productions  


Photo by Airam Datoon


Photo by Juan Cordero

02:40 – 02:49

Kick-Heart (2013) (Anime), Masaaki Yuasa

06:29 – 06:34

Warm Welcome, Co-Directors: X.K. Balashov, Anya Butler 

09:40 – 09:5

Illustrations by Charlie Herve –

Module 3: Creating the Storyboard

02:28 – 02:37
Gravity (2013), Alfonso Cuarón
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Jonathan Demme

Shutter Island (2010), Martin Scorsese

02:49 – 03:04
Bruce Willis as John McLain. Die Hard (1988), John McTiernan

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys for Life (2020), Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah

Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Martin Brest
Gerard Butler as King Leonidas in 300 (2006), Zack Snyder


04:00 – 04:01

Amy West “Indy Jamma Jones” – People Are Awesome
People Are Awesome Presents: Indy Jamma Jones | Roller Skating

07:46 – 07:53

Rollerblade, Freeskate in Capetown 80mm Episode 1

Freeskate in Capetown 80mm Episode 1

07:58 – 08:04

Kick-Heart (2013) (Anime), Masaaki Yuasa

08:20 – 08:26

Warm Welcome, Co-Directors: X.K. Balashov, Anya Butler

Module 4: Art Block and Pushing Through

07:25 – 07:28

Video by RODNAEProductions

Module 5: Lunch Break Character Design Method


Photo by Chi-Chi Ari Love


Photo by Amber Robinson


“The Roller Skaters of Venice Beach” – Unknown Photographer


Roberta Haze – @purplehaze75 on Instagram


Photo by Amber Robinson


Photo by Juan Cordero


Photo by Airam Datoon


Photo by RODNAE Productions  


Photo by upnorthtreasureventures (Ebay)


Image by Izabella A.J.

Image by Mathilde Loubes


Un Diable dans la Poche (2019), Antoine Bonnet and Mathilde Loubes

Module 6: Environment Design and Layout

01:25 – 02:05

Illustrations by Charlie Herve –

03:02 – 03:25

Google Street View

03:31 – 04:15

Footage courtesy of SA Webcams

04:20 – 04:30

Francesca Smith, @frankvinyl_skates on Instagram


Photo by StevenMorrow

Module 7: The Animation Process

04:41 – 04:50

Amy West “Indy Jamma Jones” – People Are Awesome
People Are Awesome Presents: Indy Jamma Jones | Roller Skating

09:36 – 09:39

Hercules (1997), Ron Clements and John Musker