The BFI has launched a new fund for short form animation, offering between £30,000 and £120,000 to six to 10 projects per year from ‘animators with a track record’ to support them to take the next step in their career.
It is specifically aimed at UK animators who have already gained industry recognition, for higher-budgeted animated works of up to 15 minutes in length. It will consider narrative short form projects across all platforms, including cinema, digital platforms and VR.
Projects supported through the fund will receive guidance from a BFI Film Fund executive and a dedicated animation specialist if required, including introductions to studios.
The fund was developed with the support of Animation UK, Animation Alliance UK and Helen Brunsdon, director of the British Animation Awards.
The fund is open for applications from today untill November 5, 2019.
No schedule is in place for the renewal of the fund; the BFI will wait to review its impact and the progression of selected projects.
The BFI has also commissioned a new study through its Research and Statistics fund to establish a full picture of the UK animation industry. The research will look at areas of expertise and specialism, and identify creative and commercial centres across the UK. The data will be available in early 2020.