The BFI has this week announced the launch of a Short Form Animation Fund. With awards of £30,000 to £120,000 available for successful projects, the Fund is seeking applications from a wide array of UK animators who have already gained industry recognition. It will back projects which represent a significant advancement in their work, enable progression and open up new opportunities.
The new Fund is launched in recognition of the UK’s excellence in animation and the wealth of talent in the UK who require support to develop their practice, and to progress them to the next stage of their career. Supporting higher-budgeted animated work of up to 15 minutes in length, the Fund is open to 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 fund is now open for applications and full details can be found here.
The deadline is Tuesday 5th November 2019.
BFI backing animation talent
The BFI already supports animation talent through BFI NETWORK with awards of up to £15k per project available for filmmakers in the early stages of their career. In addition, the recently launched Young Audiences Content Fund from the BFI, which is supported with government funding, is a £57m three year pilot. Production and development awards support the creation of distinctive, high-quality content for audiences up to the age of 18 to be shown on free to air television and online platforms, and supports animation across all genres.
The BFI has also reiterated its commitment to supporting the growth of the UK’s animation industry, as set out in it five year strategy, BFI2022, and in tandem with the new Short Form Animation Fund the BFI Research and Statistics Fund, supported by the National Lottery, is in the process of commissioning new research. Seeking to establish a comprehensive picture of the UK’s animation industry for the first time, it will identify areas of expertise and specialism and pinpoint creative and commercial hubs across the UK. It will provide a source of data which will be publicly available in early 2020, and aims to highlight where domestic and international links and partnerships can be exploited.