Zambezia (film)

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Zambezia Movie Poster 2012.jpg
Directed by Wayne Thornley
Screenplay by Andrew Cook
Raffaella Delle Donne
Anthony Silverston
Wayne Thornley
Music by Bruce Retief
Studio Triggerfish Animation Studios
Distributed by CMG (international)
Sony Pictures (English territories)
Release dates July 3, 2012
Running time 83 minutes
Country South Africa
Language English
Budget R173 million ($20 million)[1]
Box office $29,694,525[2]

Zambezia (also known as Adventures in Zambezia) is a South African 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film. Directed by Wayne Thornley and written by Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, and Anthony Silverston, it is the first film produced by Triggerfish Animation Studios and distributed by CMG and Sony Pictures in English territories. It tells the story of a young falcon bird who leaves the desolate desert where he lives with his father to discover action and adventure in the big city of Zambezia.


Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, "Zambezia" is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of "Zambezia" where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.



The film won the Best South African Feature Film[3] at the Durban International Film Festival in 2012. It also won Best Animation at the South African Film and Television Awards and Best Animation at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards.


Award Category Recipient Result
Annie Awards[4] Music in an Animated Feature Production Bruce Retief Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Jim Cummings
Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Animation Wayne Thornley Won


  1. ^ Naidoo, Romaana. "Triggerfish takes on the big boys". Media Club South Africa. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zambezia (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Durban International Film Festival: All the winners". Deadline. July 30, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Annie Award Nominations Unveiled". Deadline. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

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