Anant Singh, CEO of Distant Horizon, has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to Africa's first full-length animation feature, The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom, and that the film will open the African Horizons section of the Montreal Film Festival where it will have its world premiere.
The film, produced by Zimbabwe-based Philip and Jacqui Cunningham, is directed by Roger Hawkins. The characters and sets featured in the film have been made exclusively from junk, giving birth to the world's newest animation style, dubbed Junkmation by its creators, Sunrise Productions.
The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom is the story of three children who make a daring escape from the underground city in which they are slaves of the Evil Emperor. They go in search of the fabled Sky Kingdom and the great Prince Ariel.
Junkmation is inspired by the unique works of art created from junk in Africa where skilled craftsmen transform pieces of junk into useful items. Junk of any form - wood, metal, wire, tin, plastic, empty containers - find new life as objects of art and decoration and everyday use. The producers of The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom tapped into this art form and brought it to life to create a world unlike any other where the characters are composed of junk.
'We were thoroughly impressed with the ingenuity of The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom and its distinctive African flavour,' said Anant Singh. 'The filmmakers have done an amazing job in not only creating a film that is characteristically African, but a film from which a new animation style has been created for the world. We are delighted to be distributing The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom internationally and we are confident that international audiences in Montreal will find a special appeal in the film,' added Singh.