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May 30, 2022

Call for Applications: BIPOC Animator Film Commission and Mentoring

The Animation Festival of Halifax (AFX) takes place in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq. We are all Treaty People who are responsible for enacting peace and friendship in this magnificent land. 

Are you an aspiring, new, or emerging Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Colour (BIPOC) animator based in Mi’kma’ki? AFX will mentor a BIPOC animator through the creation of a very short animated film (under two minutes) between June 2022 and April 2023, and we will feature the film and artist at the festival in May of 2023.

The deadline for applications is 30 May 2022.

This program aims to nurture the talent and career of a BIPOC animator and spark conversation about race and ethnicity in the field of animation. The successful applicant will be selected partly for “fit” with AFX’s key values of inclusiveness, positivity, and sincerity, but you will have creative freedom (choice of topic, technique, etc.) within the film itself. Although your film doesn’t need to address issues of race, ethnicity, inequity, and diversity (although it certainly can), you do need to be willing to talk at the festival about both your artistic vision and your experiences as a BIPOC artist.

The successful applicant will:

  • Receive a $3000 artist’s fee ($1500 at the beginning of the project and $1500 upon completion of the film for the festival)
  • Have a budget of $2000 for filmmaking costs (e.g., equipment rental, software purchase, fees for sound designer)
  • Have monthly meetings with mentors to support your project development and career. The mentors will include educators and prominent members of the field of animation, and we will do our best to match you up with mentors who can address your specific questions or goals.
  • Give an informal presentation of your work in progress in the winter of 2023 (speaker’s fee of $350) and introduce your film and talk about it during a Q&A during the festival (speaker’s fee of $350). The festival event will be recorded and posted to our website.
  • Receive screening fees for screenings during the festival, and also on the festival’s website starting two years after the AFX presentation. You will retain copyright, and we will pay rates set by the Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) for moving images on the internet for 5 years. Between the festival and posting the film to our website, you’ll be welcome to submit it to other festivals.

This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada.