Triggerfish is launching another competition to inspire the next generation of African animators. If you're a high/secondary school student, we're challenging you to create a 30-second stop-frame animation and enter it into our latest competition.


The competition closes for entries at midnight 26 July 2020, South African Standard Time. No late entries can be considered.


Create a 30-second stop-frame animation clip based on a simple, character-driven story. Use this clip to showcase your artistic originality as well as technical animation skills.


Tell a story that we can care about in 30-seconds of stop-frame animation. Your story should be based on your unique experiences and perspectives as a citizen of an African country.

All characters and backgrounds must be handcrafted. The use of recycled material is encouraged, and "out the box" characters such as lego characters is discouraged - we want you to design your own world.

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.
  • Well-crafted (the quality of your handmade characters and background).

Watch our online training videos, where you can learn some of these principles of animation:

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 stop-frame animation, find our stop-frame tutorial here.
  • Visit our academy site
  • If you're new to animation do the free online courses.
  • Create your animation following the course guidelines.


  • Visit our academy site 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 Wednesday, 5 August 2020.
Upload your entry here...


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.

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 a secondary/high school student on 26 July 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 26 July 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 must be created using stop-frame animation techniques.
  • All characters and backgrounds must be handcrafted. The use of recycled material is encouraged, and "out the box" characters such as lego characters are discouraged--we want you to design your own world.
  • 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 29 seconds or exceeding 31 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.