What we do

Chocolate Tribe is an award winning high-end visual effects and animation studio based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Our core business is in feature film, television series and advertising. Our creative, technical and in-depth industry knowledge is a culmination of over 25 years of international experience. We are focusing on production pipeline and in-house tool development to streamline everything from the smallest to the biggest productions, so we deliver international quality standards. Clients include many major production companies, agencies and VFX houses, both locally and internationally. To mention a few these clients include Netflix (Amsterdam, Los Angeles), BBC, DMC films, Voltage Pictures, The Mill (New York, London), Disney, Automatik, Axis, Passion Pictures, Glassworks (London, Amsterdam and Barcelona), Ogilvy, TBWA and McSaatchi.

Visual Effects Studio



  • 1x Large Resolve Colour Grading / Nuke Online Suite (4K standard)
  • 2x Nuke Studio Online Suites (4K standard)
  • Various Client areas for meetings
  • 30x seats available for artists
  • 1x Overflow space for special projects (50m2)
  • Office space of 300m2

Our Clients


Penny “Only need Love” – Dutch Creativity Animation Award (2019)
Chicken Licken Big John – Loeries Gold VFX Craft Award, SA (2019)
Investec “Human Search bar” – Loeries Gold Award (2019)
Allan Gray “Father’s Share” – Silver and Bronze lion at Cannes (2019)
Chicken Licken Big John – Ciclope Best VFX (2019)
Chicken Licken Sbu 2.0 – Ciclope Grand Prix (2019)
Chicken Licken Sbu2.0 – Loeries Gold VFX Craft Award, SA (2018)
Robot & Scarecrow – Loeries VFX Craft Award, SA (2017)
Robot & Scarecrow – Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, UK (2017)
Roots Ep.1 – Visual Effects Society @ Nomination Outstanding Supporting VFX Photoreal Episode, USA (2017)

Further awards which were won over the years by our Executive Creative Director,and the respective companies who produced the jobs:

Thomson “Simon The Ogre” – Realise Studio – 2014– Kinsale Shark Advertising Festival: International Film Craft: Post/VFX Bronze– A-List Hollywood Film Advertising Craft VFX Silver– One Show: Single Merit Pencil– Cannes Silver Lion

Clover “Way Better” – Blackginger – 2011/12– International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart: Best advertising– Infocom EME Awards: Best International Animation– Mobius Awards: First Place Gold VFX Statuette– Official Selection Annecy

McCain “Good Unlimited” – The Mill – 2009– Creative Circle Awards: Best Production Design

Audi “Gymnast” – The Mill – 2008– Midsummer Awards London: Post Production Gold

Radiohead “Go To Sleep” – The Mill – 2003/04– 3D Digital Hero shortlist Music Video VFX CADS04 nomination Best Animation

Maya Master Award – A|W, Siggraph – 2003

Tooheys “Quest” – The Mill – 2003
– AWARD Best Commercial Gold– AWARD CG Animation Gold– Clio Best Animation Gold– Young Guns VFX Gold

British Telecom Broadband “Burst Pipe” –  The Mill – 2003
– Clio Bronze for Best Animation

Badenia “Baby” – The Mill – 2003– VDW Best Animation

BBBEE Status

Chocolate Tribe is a Level 1 BBBEE contributor.



  • VFX Planning
  • Scene Previs
  • Creature & Character Design
  • Concept Art


  • On-set VFX supervision
  • Data capturing
    • HDRI
    • colour charts
    • texture and reference photography
    • scene measurements
    • chrome & grey balls


  • Visual Effects
  • 3D Animation
  • Character and Creature Rigging
  • Game Cinematics
  • Digital Matte Painting
  • Tracking and Matchmoving
  • Crowd Simulation
  • 2D Cleanup
  • Compositing
  • Colour Grading



  • Ideation
  • Story
  • Storyboard
  • Animatic
  • Design


  • Layout
  • R & D
  • Modeling
    • Texturing
    • Rigging / Setup
    • Visual Effects
    • Lighting
    • Rendering


  • Compositing
  • 2D VFX / Motion Graphics
  • Color Correction
  • Final Output