LatinX in Animation (LXiA), a signature program below the Latino Movie Institute (LFI), has opened submissions for this yr’s Spark Animation Grant. The LXiA Spark Animation Grant, sponsored by Netflix, is a program that helps rising and unbiased Latinx animation filmmakers and artists in direction of the manufacturing of an unbiased animated brief movie.
The aim of this system is to uplift the presence of Latinx animation filmmakers, drawing consideration to their individually distinctive concepts and views in addition to elevating the creativity and expertise that the Latinx neighborhood at massive has to supply to the animation trade.
“Netflix’s beneficiant assist has helped make this grant potential, and we’re honored that they’ve dedicated to increasing the grant program for 2023,” notes LXiA’s Founder & Co-Director, Magdiela Hermida Duhamel.
Bryan Dimas, LXiA Co-Founder and Co-Director, provides, “We’ve realized numerous classes from final yr’s grant recipients which has helped us develop this program much more thoughtfully. We will’t wait to see the affect of the Spark Animation Grant among the many Latinx animation neighborhood.”
The 2023 LXiA Spark Animation Grant program will award three (3) visionary animation filmmakers with a grant of $20,000 every. Grant fellows will probably be paired with a producer/mentor who will produce, information, and supply their experience all through the manufacturing of the brief movie. Grant fellows may also be paired with an trade mentor, together with creatives at Netflix, who will supply their recommendation, expertise and steerage by way of the manufacturing of their brief movie. Fellows will take part in a collection of workshops tailor-made to assist them by way of the assorted levels of brief movie manufacturing. Accomplished brief movies will display screen as a part of Animation Day at LALIFF 2024.
Netflix’s assist of the LXiA Spark Grant builds on their partnership with the Latino Movie Institute, and is a part of the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, an effort to create extra behind-the digital camera alternatives for underrepresented communities throughout the TV and movie industries.
“For me, receiving the Spark Grant has been a tremendous alternative to specific myself as a storyteller and it has given me the prospect to work with some extremely proficient individuals,” says Again to Regular creator and Spark Animation Grant recipient for 2022, Cecilia De-Jesus. “I can’t wait to see what the subsequent cohort comes up with.”
Anthony “Ant” Gallegos, creator of Urie and Spark Animation 2022 Grant recipient, echoes this sentiment: “Receiving this grant has been a wonderful alternative to make a movie I’ve wished to make for a very long time. Greater than that, although, it’s been tremendous inspiring to satisfy and be taught from so many Latinx[s] within the trade, and it makes me much more enthusiastic about what I can do after ending
this venture. I hope the subsequent recipients really feel the identical inspiration crafting their artwork by way of this program.”
The LXiA Spark Animation Grant will probably be awarded to particular person Latinx filmmakers dwelling and dealing in the US. As the aim of the grant is to assist assist a singular, full brief movie, the grant won’t be out there to college students or for business tasks (together with music movies, TV present pitches or net collection).
The LXiA Spark Animation Grant is open for submissions till Friday, February 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You will discover extra info and apply by way of latinxinanimation.org/programs/spark-animation-grant.