Manchester-based animation company Toastie Animation has been awarded funding to work on developing a new animated TV series.
Toastie Animation, which launched in 2021 and is based at Beehive lofts in Manchester city centre, secured the funding from the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund.
Aimed at 6-12-year-olds, the new 2D animated mystery-comedy series called ‘Rathbone’s Antiques’ will be set in Liverpool based around the ‘scouse spirit’ and humour.
Billy Mpetha, Company Director at Toastie Animation, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be awarded this funding to develop our 2D Animated TV show from the BFI. It’s been brilliant working with the writer Billie Collins to bring this project to life especially as it’s set in my hometown of Liverpool. We can’t wait to share more details on the show and are looking forward to pitching to TV networks.”
A spokesperson for the BFI added: “This project is supported by the Young Audiences Content Fund from the BFI and financed by the UK Government. The Young Audiences Content Fund supports the creation of distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences that entertains, informs and reflects their experiences of growing up across the UK today.”