2020 African Animation Competition

Triggerfish is again on the lookout for Africa's top aspiring animation artists. If you're under 35 years of age, we're challenging you to create a 10-second animation and enter it into our latest competition.


The competition closes for entries at midnight 29 March 2020, South African Standard Time. No late entries can be considered.


Show us what you've got! Create a 10-second character-driven animated clip based on something you care about, showing off your artistic originality and technical animation skills.


A dynamic, powerful 10-second action animated clip that illustrates a moment in time that is meaningful to you as someone who lives in Africa.

Animation will be judged on the following criteria: Visual appeal (character design and use of colour) Use of animation principles (anticipation, squash & stretch, timing, arcs, poses) Overall impact.

Watch our online training videos, where you can learn some of these principles of animation: www.triggerfish.com/academy.

Please note that each clip must be created specifically for this competition - no clips that were created prior to the launch of this competition are eligible.


If you're new to animation, do the free online courses. Create your animation following the course guidelines.


Visit our academy site www.triggerfish.com/academy and go to the Competition section.

Fill in the entry form and upload your completed work.

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 on Tuesday 31 March 2020.


Entries that qualify for the judging criteria will receive a certificate of competence from Triggerfish Academy, and will be uploaded to our Facebook and Instagram and promoted by our social media.

The animation that the judges deem the winner will win a Wacom One drawing tablet valued at US$600,00.

The 2 runners up will win US$100 each.

Terms and Conditions of competition

  • 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 under the age of 35-i.e. maximum 35 years on 29 March 2020.
  • Only African nationals or residents are eligible. Entrants will be required to prove eligibility before winning any prizes.
  • Final deadline for submission is midnight on the 29 March 2020 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.

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