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Khumba selected for Brisbane – and other – international film festivals

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After successful screenings at Annecy, Durban and Toronto international festivals earlier this year, Triggerfish animation’s second feature “Khumba” has been selected to screen at a number of other film festivals globally.

Most recently KHUMBA was selected as the family film at Brisbane International Film Festival where it will be screening on Sunday 17th and Saturday 23rd November.

Affectionately known as BIFF, the Brisbane International Film Festival (now in its 22nd year) is a prestigious event featuring the best of world cinema in one of Australia’s largest international cities. Previous family film screenings include the ever-popular Paranorman (2012) and the delightful French animation, Ernest & Celestine (2012).

Earlier this month Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest was in Los Angeles for the US premiere of Khumba. The film was show on a giant outdoor screen at the closing of the SA Arts Festival.

Organised by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and Department of Arts And Culture this inaugural event showcased some of the country’s beloved musical icons and introduced LA to emerging voices in a celebratory weekend of music and film.

Closer to home, delegates at the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE) in Bloemfontein, South Africa, were treated to a sneak preview screening of Khumba ahead of its release October 25th. Producer Mike Buckland was on hand to introduce the film and take part in a Q&A session afterwards. The film was very well received and prompted insightful discussion about the origins of the story, the development of the characters and the messages that are presented through the film.

Presented by the NFVF as part of their continuing involvement in the Festival, MACUFE is one of the biggest cultural festivals on the Africa continent, showcasing the best local and international African artists in various disciplines.

Also in October, Khumba screens in Taiwan at the Kaohsung Film Festival where it is in the kids fantasy film section as well as the La Costa Film Festival in Carlsbad, California where Khumba is the family film there too.

Next month, in addition to Brisbane, Khumba will be screen in Hong Kong where it has been selected to show in SIGGRAPH Asia, a festival that showcases the art of computer animation.

Khumba released in Poland October 11th and releases in South Africa this weekend, distributed in both English and Afrikaans by Indigenous Film Distribution.

It will continue to roll out in countries across the rest of the world up until at least April 23rd 2014 where it releases in France. Millennium Entertainment is distributing the film in the US, and will do an Oscar-qualifying run in LA and NY December 6 – 15th. There is then an exclusive Walmart release January 14th followed by a VOD February 11th.

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