Vanessa Ann Sinden
Vanessa is an award winning producer of both live action and animated films with over 20 years of filmmaking experience. She is currently based at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town and is producing a slate of projects (TV and Film) now in development. Together with this studio Vanessa has Co-produced Africa’s two most successful animated feature films to date “Adventures in Zambezia” and “Kumba”. She has played a critical role in developing key procedures and structures for this pioneering studio and their productions. As an ambitious and passionate producer, Vanessa is constantly looking to break new ground for Africa’s animation industry. Her current projects include several ‘first’s’ such as partnering with international investors to produce an authentic African TV series, as well as developing an African animated musical!
Vanessa draws on her experience as a Development Producer to mentor young producers/creators through the Story Lab and the Berlinale Durban Talents Mentor program. She assists them in breaking into the industry to unleash the potential within their projects, so that their story’s might go on to be developed and produced for international release. Upon noting the massive disparity between the percentage of women studying animation versus women working in the industry, she started ‘African Women in Animation’. The organisation is a platform that offers support and helps to unlock opportunities for women within the industry, with a vision to promote and empower women specifically within the African animation, VFX and gaming industries. With a background firmly rooted in brand strategy, marketing and project consultancy Vanessa is an all-rounder with a ‘can do’ attitude!