Open to individuals, creative groups and studios. Successful proposals will participate in a three-month workshop program designed to help them develop their project before being presented face-to-face with studio heads from a world-leading animation studio and industry experts.
Through the workshop program, successful applicants will have the opportunity to learn from a team of industry experts on how to maximize their chances of success in front of one of the world’s leading studios, while also receiving day-to-day feedback on their performance and the potential of their pitch.
Organizers say they are particularly interested in hearing about projects involving adult animated comedies, particularly television series, and children’s television.
The course is open to all Scottish-based creatives who are over 18 years of age, are not in full or part-time education and have directed at least one short film of any genre, one television episode of any genre or a commercial/commercial/music video as a writer , director or producer.
Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, Foreign Affairs and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the next breakthrough in Scottish creativity, highlighting the important role Scotland’s festivals play in enabling new talent to shine in the international spotlight .” Entertainment and economic benefits they provide.
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“The Scottish Government is proud to support Animatic and other ambitious collaborations like this through our EXPO Fund to raise the profile of new Scottish artists and provide them with maximum opportunities at home and abroad.”
Allison Gardner, CEO of Glasgow Film and Director of GFF, said: “Animatic demonstrates the international platform, ambition and value of the Glasgow Film Festival to the Scottish film sector. “We are delighted to be working with leading animation experts and bringing them the amazing talent to be able to combine what we have here in Scotland.
“This project is another milestone in Glasgow Film’s year-round initiatives to support talent development. With the help of our new industry advisory board, we look forward to sharing our vision for next year’s festival industry program.”
David Smith, Director of Screen Scotland, said: “Glasgow Film Festival, as part of Glasgow Film, is an organization that Screen Scotland has supported for many years. The new industry advisory board is a welcome development – it is a great mix of talented film and program makers.
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“They will drive the further development of the Glasgow Film Festival’s industry offering and provide new opportunities for Scotland-based talent to meet, collaborate, propose ideas and develop their work together.”
GFF also today announced details of its new Industry Advisory Board, led by writer and director Raisah Ahmed and made up of industry leaders and influential experts. GFF was originally founded as a public festival and has grown into the second largest in the UK. It is known for its passionate and loyal audience, which grew by 25% last year.
Due to the increasing number of film professionals also attending the festival – attracted by the breadth and quality of the GFF program and its growing reputation as a festival that champions new voices – the Industry Focus section was added to the GFF program in 2016 .
Next year, the 20th edition of GFF will take place from February 28th to March 10th, where the industry advisory board will present its vision and 10-year strategy for the industry program.