Apply to the Animation Producer Lab

  • Thu 29 Feb – Thu 4 April

    Apply to the Animation Producer Lab


About the Animation Producer Lab 

To help broaden the pool of animation producers in the region, BFI NETWORK South West is excited to announce a new Animation Producer Lab in collaboration with ScreenSkills, supported by the Animation Skills Fund.  

The Lab will take place on Fri 10 May at Aardman Animations in Bristol, and will be a full day of activity, followed by a series of online workshops. 

Image credit: Reach dir. Kayleigh Gibbons (storyboard)


The Lab will support entry-level animation producers or those interested in moving into the role, with a focus on key areas of responsibility (generally shared across 2D, 3D and stop-motion) including story development, financing, budgeting, scheduling, pitching and project management. We’ll be joined by a range of Animation Producers throughout the day who will share their knowledge and experience in animation production.  

These sessions include: 

Masterclass in Producing with Helen Argo (Executive Producer at Aardman) 

This session will introduce producing across different formats and techniques, thinking about key production roles, responsibilities and career paths.  


Script & Storytelling with Abigail Addison (Producer, Programmer & Director of Animate Projects) 

How take a project from script to screen? A session focused on the role of the Creative Producer; supporting projects in early development, producing pitch decks and thinking about how animation can serve audiences beyond dialogue.  


Finance plans with Chris Hees (BAFTA winning producer, Director of Bridgeway Films) 

This session will will focus on financing your short animation, thinking about partnerships, grants and how to make European co-productions work.  


Applications will close on Thur 4 April at 17:00. We expect to be able to let applicants know the outcome of their application in mid-April.


To be eligible for the Animation Producer Lab you must:

  • Have an interest in producing animated short film
  • Be over 18 and not in full-time education
  • Be a resident in the south west of England
  • Be able to attend the in-person day in Bristol on Fri 10 May. 

Applications are now closed.


Check out our free screening on Thur 25 April in collaboration with BFI NETWORK hubs across the country at Cardiff Animation Festival.


To find out more details about the lab and application process, you can watch our taster session below. Please note, this session was recorded prior to the deadline being extended. The deadline for applications is now Thur 4 April.

00:00 Abigail Addison introduces her work

11:15 Outline of the Lab

21:40 Application timeline  

BFI NETWORK exists to support, develop, and champion new voices looking to kick-start their filmmaking career. Made possible through National Lottery funding, BFI NETWORK collaborates with film organisations and leading cultural venues across the UK to provide short film and early feature development funding, industry-backed professional development and networking support to producers, writers, and directors aged 18+.

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries – film, television (including children’s, unscripted and high-end), VFX (visual effects), animation and games.

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions.

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