BFI’s short-form animation fund invests over £1m in 15 new projects

BFI's short-form animation fund invests over £1m in 15 new projects

the B.F.I. is investing £1.1 million in 15 bold and ambitious new animation projects, announced as the recipients of the latest round of the B.F.I. Short Form Animation Background. The Fund, which awards funds from the National Lottery, supports short-form narrative projects of up to 15 minutes in length.

For the second iteration of the fund, the B.F.I. partnered with StoryFutures Academy, the National Center for Immersive Storytelling, to support two immersive virtual or augmented reality projects from the shortlist of 15. Ten projects received awards of up to £120,000 per production; Five additional projects up to £10,000 were awarded to support the development.

“This year’s new partnership with StoryFutures Academy has been incredibly productive, allowing us to expand the fund’s reach and support two immersive animated shorts from filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of form,” said Kristin Irving, Senior Production & Development. Executive, BFI Film Fund.

The support of StoryFutures Academy is made possible through funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of United Kingdom Research and innovation (United Kingdom). The 10 selected projects cover a wide range of animated techniques and genres destined for cinema, digital platforms and virtual reality. Each project benefits from the supervision of a B.F.I. Film Fund executive and the support of a dedicated animation consultant.

Becky Gregory-Clarke, Immersive Director, StoryFutures Academy, commented: “StoryFutures Academy is delighted to be working with BFI to support these two fantastic immersive projects. Both pieces will use real-time animation techniques, which is an incredibly important growth area, requiring content creation skills that are in high demand. We know that they both have big ambitions and great teams behind them, so we are very excited to support them and follow them on their journey.

Launched in 2019, the Short Form Animation Fund supports work that represents a significant advance in the work of United Kingdom animators Several of the projects on the fund’s first list have been exhibited with great success in United Kingdom and international festivals. Three are screening at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival this week: watch out for the trains, the debutant Y Scale. by Joseph Pierce Scale it was also selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week last month.

“The BFI Short Form Animation Fund, made possible by funding from the National Lottery, was designed to enable our talented UK animators to develop their practice, so it’s exciting that we’re starting to see those films. exhibited and celebrated at international festivals,” said Natascha. Wharton, Managing Editor, BFI Film Fund. “With the second round, we saw a wide variety of styles and ideas in the applications, and we are delighted to present such a diverse list of projects today.”

The Short Form Animation Fund was developed with the support of Animation United KingdomAnimation Alliance United Kingdom and Helen Brunsdon, director of the British Animation Awards, who has provided extensive advice to the animation industry. the B.F.I. also supports animation talent through B.F.I. THE NET with prizes of up to £15k per project available to filmmakers in the early stages of their career.

B.F.I. 2022 Short Form Animation Fund Awards

Production financing:

and grandma would dance
Company: Animate Projects Limited, Derby
Director/Screenwriter: Maryam Mohajer
Producer: Abigail Addison

Six-year-old Marmar watches as adult women navigate their relationships with their loved ones and with each other. She recalls how, after her grandfather’s death, Granny stopped dancing and even smiling, and then overhears her grandmother’s friends talking about her dating while playing an illicit card game. Based on the director’s childhood memories in Iran, ‘And Granny Would Dance’ is a story of love, pain and resilience across generations and, at its core, a tribute to the solidarity of Iranian women.

Company: Hipster Films Ltd, Derby
Director: Sarah Beeby
Writer: louis wood
Producer: jo lewis
After a sexual assault, a woman takes refuge in the garden of her mind. Searching for answers and struggling to do ‘the right thing’, she realizes that she must get her voice back and find new paths to healing, before she and her garden are completely destroyed.

wind and shadow
Company: Out of Orbit Ltd, Belfast
Director/Writer: kriskelly
Producers: Brian J. Falconer, Vicki Roca
the wind and the shadow is an animated short about the emotional and physical impact childhood cancer and its treatment have on a six-year-old girl and her mother. Created by the BAFTA nominated here to fall writer/director, Kris Kelly.

Company: Tyke Films Ltd, Sheffield
Director/Writer: ellie’s land
Producers: Rebecca Mark-Lawson
‘And Across the Sea, I Found Myself’, one woman’s incredible journey to regain control of her life through open water swimming.

The woven brain (doc)
Company: MediaActive Projects CICwow
Director/Writer: Samantha Moore
Producers: Tilley Bancroft
An exploration of the effect tissue has on the human brain, as told by a group of tissue mice and jumpers.

Two black boys in paradise
Company: One6th Ltd, Manchester
Director: baz sells
Writer: dean atta
Producer: ben jackson
Two black guys go on a journey of self-acceptance. Their love for each other and their refusal to hide it leads them to a paradise free from shame and judgement. Stop-motion short film adaptation of Dean Atta’s poem Two black boys in paradisewhich deals with themes of love, acceptance, homophobia and racism.

Company: Passion Pictures (Films) Ltd, London
Director: Anna Ginsburg
Writer: Mirander Latimer & Anna Ginsburg
Producers: Becky Perryman & Turley Kitten
Femininity is often a shoddy and exhausting masquerade. What is the cost of compromising and repressing your authentic self?

she is my best friend and i hate her
Company: Popsybobin Ltd, London
Director/Writer: candy guard
Producers: Tracy Shaw
The complexity of an old friendship is dissected to hilarious and relatable effect as Milly and June wait impatiently at Wolverhampton station.

Wave (immersive)
Company: Second Home Studios, Birmingham
Director: chris randall
Producer: Ian Ravenscroft
writers: Chris Randall and Ian Ravenscroft
Wave it is an immersive environmental narrative that explores the stories within ourselves. Using virtual reality as a way to enter a new mental space, audiences will engage with their memories and imaginations on a conscious journey into the subconscious.

Exists (immersive)
Company: Study ANRKLondon
Director: Anrick Bregman
Screenwriter: Gaelle Mourré
Producers: Grace Baird and Kylie Boltin
Unreal Developer: RCL Graham
Exists is a data-driven virtual reality experience that recreates the extraordinary journey of a woman born in London in the 18th century. It explores whether we can trace people’s lives through data and give context to their story by looking at the aggregate.

Development financing:

dawn choir
Company: Jante Films Limited
Producer: Michelle Brondum
Director: Lina Kacheva
Writer: Laura Jayne Tunbridge

cheerful garden
Company: noisy limited
Producer: Daisy Garside
Director/Writer: Rory Waudby-Tolley

Company: Paisley Films Limited
Producer: jamie macdonald
Director: theo scott
writers: Theo Scott and Jaskaran Sahota

the book of creatures
Company: limited
Producer: Daniel Bogourd
Director/Writer: Kim Leigh Pontin

Very ‘British’ London stories
Company: limited passion images
Producer: Amy Ashton
Director: Ivy Chen (Yu-Ying Chen)
Writer: Tamara Vogl