Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival is once again organizing its worthwhile initiative, Ideatoon, to provide Latin American artists working in animation with support and access to resources that can jumpstart their careers and connect them to major producers around the globe.

This year’s call for entries is open to both individual creators and studios who are developing pitches for either episodic series or animated features. To qualify, the team behind the project is required to be from a country in Latin America. A single individual can submit up to four different projects. For each project submitted there is 400 peso fee (approximately Usd$20).

An important element to participate is the project’s pitch bible, which must be in English for the convenience of the international jury selecting the projects that will advance in the program’s multiple stages. Once the project is registered, participants will have access to Ideatoon Bytes, a series of exclusive articles regarding trends and industry insight that will help them better strategize.

From the entire pool of submissions, 20 projects will be selected to participate in the Ideatoon Bootcamp, a three-day seminar where participants will have the chance to develop their work with the guidance of global animation industry professionals. Attendance at the bootcamp is mandatory to be considered for the Ideatoon Prize. Following the bootcamp, 10 finalists will be announced.

At this point, participants will have time to improve their projects, and the 10 finalists will then attend the Ideatoon Summit set to take place within the framework of the Pixelatl Festival in early September in Cuernavaca, Mexico. At the summit, creators will have the chance to pitch their ideas one-on-one to potential buyers, investors, networks, channels, and streaming services.

The grand prize winning project will receive a cash prize of up to 100,000 pesos to create a 30-second proof of concept based on their idea, as well as participate in a commercial mission to Los Angeles where they will meet with animation studios.

All participants that successfully complete their project’s registration, including the submission of a bible, will receive a free pass to attend the Pixelatl Festival. There, projects that were not selected for the bootcamp will have the opportunity to receive feedback from international professionals.

The final deadline for submissions is April 29, 2019. To learn more about Ideatoon and to submit materials, visit the event’s website.

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Carlos Aguilar

Carlos Aguilar

Carlos Aguilar is a contributing writer to Cartoon Brew.

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