BFI NETWORK: Apply for two day Animation Lab

  • Mon 23 Sep - Tue 24 Sep, 2019

    BFI NETWORK: Apply for two day Animation Lab

BFI NETWORK South West are holding a two day Animation Lab for new and emerging animators at Encounters Film Festival 2019.

WHEN: All day Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September

WHERE: Watershed, Bristol

APPLY: here



Film Hub South West & BFI NETWORK South West are holding an ANIMATION LAB at Encounters Film Festival 2019. The two day lab is for new and emerging animators with short animated projects that could be suitable for the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund.


The lab will be a mixture of talks, panels, workshops and peer to peer work.


It is open to early career animators and animation teams, who have a short fiction project in development. Please note, you must be residing in South West England to be eligible to apply.


Animators and teams should be at the beginning of their careers, and the projects should be realistically achievable within the budget frame of the Short Film Fund (£15,000), or with a realistic finance plan to secure an additional amount of no more than £10,000 (total budget £25,000 – additional finance does not need to be secured before you apply for the lab but you should have a finance plan in place).


Applicants will need to demonstrate a body of work to support their application, but this can be non-professional, student or grass roots work.


Please note this lab is not suitable for more experienced animators or animation teams / companies who have higher budget short form projects.



-Over 18

-Not in full time education

-Based in South West England

-Animator or Animation teams (up to 2 people per project)

-Animators do not need to have a producer yet to apply to the lab

-Projects must be under 15 minutes – but shorter projects strongly encouraged

-Projects must be fiction and character led

– Smaller production companies can apply but the lab participants must include Animator and lead Producer

– Applicant MUST be available to attend both days of the lab



– Application deadline: 26 August

– Shortlisted Projects notified: Tuesday 10 September

– Lab dates: September Monday 23 + Tuesday 24, Bristol


What’s included:

– 2 day lab (FREE)

– Full passes to Encounters Film Festival 24 – 29 September

– Accommodation for 1 – 2 nights for animators unable to travel to Bristol for each day (teams staying on for the rest of Encounters Film Festival dates will need to arrange own accommodation for festival, festival discounts for accommodation may be available)

– Travel costs within the South West

– Lunch on both days of the lab


To Apply:

Please apply with an original and un-produced animated short film fiction script (can be in draft stages) AND /OR a story outline (including the film synopsis, what you intend to achieve with the film and how you intend for the film to look.) The animated short film idea should be no longer than 15 minutes (shorter films encouraged) and suitable for the BFI NETWORK Short Film Production Fund – please read the guidelines here. You will also need to provide examples to previous work (can be non-professional, student or grass roots).




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