UK scheme to uncover animation talent

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by Stephen Chapman

The BBC has launched its biggest ever scheme to uncover UK animators, to “reflect the lives and culture of kids” across the country.

Ignite is looking for submissions from established producers and emerging talent, with up to 20 ideas getting a development budget and the potential for a BBC commission.

“We’re committed to helping the UK animation industry develop and thrive and I’m delighted that we’re able to launch this initiative,” explained Patricia Hidalgo, Director, BBC Children’s & Education.

“We know there is a wealth of creative talent across the UK and we want to give everyone an opportunity to showcase their ideas. But we not only want to uncover the best talent and ideas, we also want to support and nurture those ideas and the talent behind them.”

Earlier this year, Hidalgo pledged to invest in the development of the UK’s animation industry in a bid to create more home grown, UK shows, as an alternative to “the plethora” of American cartoons.

Ideas can come from indies, in-house teams and individuals looking for their first break. The BBC is seeking to uncover “fresh, bold, innovative ideas” and originality of ideas, innovative ways in which kids can engage with the show and its characters, the potential to develop the idea for multiple series, ideas that reach an underserved audiences, relatable storytelling, recognisable characters and international appeal.

Applications have opened now and the first stage will shortlist up to 20 ideas to be given an initial funding pot. Further cash will be offered at Stage 2 and 3, for submissions to make it through each round.

Sole creators who make it through the first stage will be paired up with a creative team to help build and develop their ideas.

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