African animation industry receives training boost in US

The finalists in TV and feature film animation spent this week at the Walt Disney studios receiving tips.

Disney's hit film Frozen has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history. Picture: Facebook.

NEW YORK - Up-and-coming animators from South Africa, Kenya and Zambia will spend this week picking up tips on how to take their stories from ideas to the big screen.

The initiative, created by Triggerfish Animation, and supported by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Walt Disney Company, aims to uplift the African animation industry.

The finalists in TV and feature film animation spent this week at the Walt Disney studios, where movies like Frozen, the world's highest grossing animated film, was made.

Naseem Hoosen from Cape Town was part of the group and said, "What we're getting here is an opportunity to enhance how we do things in the way that inspires and take that knowledge back home with us. That really will have an impact in our industry to push it to the next level."

The initiative, supported by the department of trade and industry and the Walt Disney Company, aims to uplift the African animation industry as a whole.

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