Zambezia distribution deal with SonyZambezia distribution deal with Sony

Zambezia distribution deal with Sony


The animated feature Adventures in Zambezia, produced by Triggerfish Animation Studios in South Africa, has been picked up by Sony Pictures for distribution in English-speaking territories. This is the first time that a South African animated feature has secured such a prestigious U.S. distributor.

The deal, which was finalised this week, will see the film being released by Sony in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia amongst others. The film’s title has been changed to Adventures in Zambezia for all English speaking territories.

Stuart Forrest, Producer at Cape Town-based Triggerfish, says, “It is fantastic to be picked up by a major studio that has always been discerning about their animation titles. It is a great testament to the world-class quality of work that our talented crew has produced. We're excited about working with Sony to ensure the best release in their territories.”

Zambezia is the first theatrical release from Triggerfish. Their second film, Khumba, is nearing completion and the studio has a third film in development.

The film has been sold in over 40 territories world-wide by Edward Noeltner of Cinema Management Group, and features an all-star cast including Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nemoy, Richard E. Grant, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film screened last month in official selection at the Annecy Animation Festival, and will have its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival this week where it has been chosen as the closing film.

Globally, it is already in its third week of release in Israel where it has done consistently well at the box office running against other major studio releases. It is due for release in Germany and Russia at the end of August, with other territories releasing after that.

“The plethora of animation movies out there means that audiences have become more discerning and have an appetite for something different,” says Forrest. “We’ve received a great response from test screenings which shows that Zambezia clearly entertains families from around the world, providing a universal story told from a unique perspective.”

The story centres round a young falcon, Kai, as he journeys to the bird city of Zambezia, leaving his home and father to make a life for himself. He soon discovers, however, that living in a community can be more difficult than surviving in the wild, and it is only when the city comes under threat that he comes to understand that the only life worth living is a life lived through others.

For more information contact Kirstin Barwise at or 021 713 4008.

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Liezel Vermeulen specialises in rebates and co-production status administration of new international animation shows. When not number-crunching, she indulges her passion for documentary films, further education, freelance writing and is a board member of Animation South Africa.