LatinX in Animation (LXiA), a signature program below the Latino Movie Institute (LFI), has opened submissions for this 12 months’s Spark Animation Grant. The LXiA Spark Animation Grant, sponsored by Netflix, is a program that helps rising and impartial Latinx animation filmmakers and artists in the direction of the manufacturing of an impartial animated quick movie.
The purpose 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 giant has to supply to the animation trade.
“Netflix’s beneficiant help has helped make this grant attainable, 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 lots of classes from final 12 months’s grant recipients which has helped us develop this program much more thoughtfully. We are able to’t wait to see the influence 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 likely be paired with a producer/mentor who will produce, information, and provide their experience all through the manufacturing of the quick movie. Grant fellows may also be paired with an trade mentor, together with creatives at Netflix, who will provide their recommendation, expertise and steerage by way of the manufacturing of their quick movie. Fellows will take part in a sequence of workshops tailor-made to help them by way of the assorted phases of quick movie manufacturing. Accomplished quick movies will display screen as a part of Animation Day at LALIFF 2024.
Netflix’s help 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 precise myself as a storyteller and it has given me the prospect to work with some extremely gifted folks,” 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 needed 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 challenge. I hope the subsequent recipients really feel the identical inspiration crafting their artwork by way of this program.”
The LXiA Spark Animation Grant will likely be awarded to particular person Latinx filmmakers residing and dealing in the USA. As the aim of the grant is to assist help a singular, full quick movie, the grant is not going to be obtainable to college students or for business initiatives (together with music movies, TV present pitches or net sequence).
The LXiA Spark Animation Grant is open for submissions till Friday, February 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You’ll find extra data and apply by way of latinxinanimation.org/programs/spark-animation-grant.