BFI launches animation fund
The BFI has launched a short-form animation fund alongside new research, which both aim to support growth in the UK animation sector.
The new fund is aimed at UK animators who have already gained industry recognition, with awards of £30,000 to £120,000 available for successful applicants.
Supporting higher-budgeted animated work of up to 15 minutes in length, the fund can support narrative short-form projects in any animated technique or genre and for any platform, including cinema, digital platforms, and emerging media such as VR.
The scheme is supported by the BFI Film Fund and supported by National Lottery funding. Submissions are now open until 5 November 2019.
The research side of the project will be published in early 2020, with the aim of highlighting where domestic and international partnerships can be exploited.
Deputy chief executive of the BFI, Ben Roberts, said: “This new fund is a result of us listening to the industry and filmmakers, and working with them to develop something which celebrates excellence and creativity at a point when talent need it most.
“Our animators have long led the way in driving forward this art form, and we are thrilled to be offering funding which aims to back UK animation talent from a host of backgrounds, and through a variety of traditional and innovative media.”
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