Intermediate Animators Production Residency

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Intermediate Animators Production Residency

What is the Intermediate Animators Production Residency?

The Intermediate Animators Production Residency is a production-focused program offered by the Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS).

It is intended to assist two projects (two separate residencies) in completing an independent animated short film, and targeted towards animators developing their practice. This is a cash award open to Calgary, Alberta (and area) artists of all disciplines, at intermediate to advanced stages in their careers, who use animation as a primary part of their artistic practice. Must have animation experience to apply for this program.

The 2021 Intermediate Animators Production Residency will foster the development of an animated film through mentorship, production space, equipment, and resource access, technical support, and up to $8,000 to go towards artist fees and supply budget in the creation of an independent animated short film. QAS will publicly screen the completed film, ideally at our annual GIRAF International Animation Festival in November 2022, following the successful completion of the program.

This twelve-month long program is broken down into three phases:

  • Pre-Production Phase (April 2021 – May 2021)
  • Production (June 2021 – January 2022)
  • Post-Production (February 2022 – March 2022)

The applicant is expected to host a workshop on a specific skill or technique they have learned due to the residency and share their project in the form of an artist talk at or leading up to GIRAF 17.

The successful applicant will receive from QAS:

  • A professional animation mentor to help lead you through the program.
  • A two-year producing membership at the Quickdraw Animation Society (value of $50/year) granting access to our studios, equipment, and animation library.
  • 1,200 production credits (equivalent to $1,200 in equipment and studio/production desk rental)* to be used at the Quickdraw Animation Society for the rental of animation equipment or studio rental.
  • Successful applicants may choose to work remotely.
  • $8,000 cash.
  • Public screening of your finished animation.

Note: One production credit is worth $1 of studio or equipment rental at Quickdraw Animation Society and holds no cash value.

The deadline to apply for the 2021/21 intake is March 15, 2021 at 12:00pm (noon) MT.

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