Artist-animators selected for inaugural FLAMIN Animations Programme

Latest 31 Aug 2021

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Toby Cato, cato zone (2021), video still

Four artist animators have been selected as part of Film London and Arts Council England’s FLAMIN Animations, a new programme of commissions for early-career black-identifying* artist animators living in the UK.

Run by FLAMIN and as part of Film London’s increased commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, the programme aims to support artist animators aged 18-25 as they take their first steps into a career working with the moving image, providing development support, bespoke mentoring and £2,500 to create a new 1-3 minute animation.

Chosen from a high calibre of applications, the selected artists follow both non-traditional and traditional animation routes to making work, using and combining techniques ranging across photography, hand-drawn, collage and digital to explore identity and heritage, social structure and lived experience. Past works have included the creation of dream-like realities, fusing animation with experimental music, reflecting upon historical events and simply capturing the everyday world around us.

The four artist-animators selected for FLAMIN Animations are:

Work by artist-animator Ezra Myers

Ezra Myers

Zainab Sanyang, Nostalgia Sweetthang

We’re delighted to announce the four artist animators selected for the first-ever FLAMIN Animations programme. Toby, Mothy, Ezra and Zainab brilliantly explore crucial issues through bold and innovative work, and we look forward to showcasing the content they create later this year. This programme is a considered acknowledgement of the underrepresentation of black-identifying artists within the art, film, and animation industries and we hope that it creates a network of next-generation artists - not only for those commissioned, but for all who applied - spotlighting the incredible skills the country has to offer within the ever-growing animation sector.

Adrian Wootton, OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission

Mothy Muyobo, EXP (2021), video still

The four new animation commissions will premiere on the Film London website in winter 2021 and the artist animators will receive support in gaining further exposure for their work.

You can find out more about each artists-animator over on the FLAMIN Animations page.