Apply to FLAMIN Animations

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Please note the application deadline has now passed for the current round of this opportunity.

Film London and Arts Council England present FLAMIN Animations, a new programme of commissions for four early-career black-identifying* artist animators living in the UK. Part of FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network), the programme aims to support artist animators as they take their first steps into a career working with the moving image, with development support and funding for a new work.

The four new 1-3 minute animation commissions will be shown on the Film London website in winter 2021 and FLAMIN will support the selected artist animators in getting further exposure for their work.

We are looking to commission black-identifying* practitioners as a considered acknowledgement of the underrepresentation of black-identifying artists within the art, film, and animation industries. As part of Film London’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and our increased commitment to diversity and equality, we are committed to greater inclusivity in all our programmes.

There will be additional activity in 2021 for applicants who are unsuccessful in getting one of the four commissions. All applicants will be invited to an online introduction to Film London with a chance to connect with key staff. Depending on application numbers, this will extend to peer group building, mentoring and advice, talks by guest artist animators and more.

*Artists and Creatives of African or Caribbean Descent
Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage who identify as such.

Application deadline: 22 June 2021

Hardeep Pandhal, BAME of Thrones (Trailer) (2019), video still. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by FLAMIN and Channel 4 Random Acts through the Film London Jarman Award

What does the programme offer each artist animator?

  • £2,500 to create a new animation
  • Development support and advice from the FLAMIN Team
  • Bespoke mentoring opportunities from animation professionals in the art and film industries
  • Ongoing profile and promotion through Film London's newsletter and social media channels as a FLAMIN alumnus

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Artists animators should be experimenting with animation
  • Artist animators must be 18-25 years old
  • For black-identifying* artists
  • Artist animators should have a UK address
  • Current students are not eligible
  • No formal education in animation or art is necessary
  • FLAMIN is open to people working in partnerships

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, TRANS-PORT ME (2019), video still. Courtesy of the artist

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 22nd June 2021
    Deadline for applications
  • Week Beginning 2nd August 2021
    Interviews (taking place online over Zoom)
  • November 2021
    Deadline for delivery (artists will have 3 months to make the work)
  • December 2021
    Commissions will launch on Film London website

Video: How to Apply to FLAMIN Animations

Watch the recording of the FLAMIN team and Matt Ajan (Founder of Bounce Cinema and assessor on FLAMIN Animations), as they talk through the FLAMIN Animations programme, give examples of artists' animations and give details on how to make an application.

Contact and Accessibility

Please email or phone us on 07827 944989 with any questions or assistance you require in the application process. We are happy to assist and discuss accessibility requirements with artist animators who may identify as having a disability and are interested in participating in FLAMIN Animations.

What do you mean by Animation?

We are looking for innovation in form and content, and are open to all forms of audio-visual experimentation. We welcome mixed media work, combinations of live action and animation, and the work can embrace fiction, documentary, and can be politically or socially driven. The content might be fantasy, mythologies, life experiences, and can take inspiration from films, poetry, music and other sources that interest you. It can be drawn, painted, computer-generated, photo-manipulated, but it has to be completely original.

In response to the challenges of working within restrictions and lockdowns, we are looking for artist animators using software and equipment that they can access easily and work safely with. We want you to be creative and imaginative with the technology at your disposal, whether it may be low-tech or state of the art. It is your idea and your vision for it that we are interested in.

Check out the Film London Talent Showcase for examples of animations that FLAMIN has commissioned in previous years.

Shaun Clark, Neck and Neck (2016), video still. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by FLAMIN as part of Still Shakespeare