Unemployment in SA is high, but the animation sector is a growing industry in this country and one which could provide employment for wide range of people with varying skills.
Anthony recently gave a talk on the various opportunities for work in animation at a careers indaba organised by iKamvaYouth . iKamvaYouth is a non-profit organization focused on the empowerment of youth through education, e-literacy training and career guidance. They have a number of extremely successful programmes with branches in CT, Durban and JHB and Triggerfish hopes to continue working with them to grow an awareness of animation within the Khayalitsha community in which they are based.
"Due to the social and cultural history of our country, the SA animation scene is predominantly a white male industry, " says Anthony. "Addressing this need for transformation within the local animation industry is high on our agenda."
Triggerfish has a long history in industry development. Stuart started the Animation SA website (the representative industry body), Anthony continues to maintain the site and is a vice-chair on the board. The monthly animationXchange networking events were first held in the Triggerfish offices and Anthony continues to run them. There is also a permanent, rotational internship programme that runs in the studio which allows recent graduates the chance to further their training in a supportive environment. Triggerfish is also one of the partners of the Animation Industry Development Initiative (AIDI) organised by the Cape Film Commission and Animation SA which has the ambitious aim to provide 10000 jobs in the animation sector by 2020.
For further information: http://www.ikamvayouth.org/