LatinX in Animation has opened applications for its first-ever LXiA Spark Animation Grant.
Here are details of the program:
- The program will select two independent, emerging Latinx animation filmmakers to each receive a grant of $10,000 towards the development and production of an animated short film. The mission is “to uplift the presence of Latinx animation filmmakers, drawing attention to their individually unique ideas and perspectives as well as elevating the creativity and talent that the Latinx community at large has to offer the animation industry.”
- In addition to the grants, which are sponsored by Netflix, the LXiA Spark Fellows will also be paired with an industry mentor, who will offer their advice, experience, and guidance throughout the development and production of the grant recipients’ shorts. From the development to post-production, LXiA Spark Fellows will also be supported through a series of panels tailored to address each stage of their film’s production.
- The LXiA Spark Fellows will have approximately 16 months to complete their animated shorts. The finished works will have a special screening at the Latino Film Institute’s annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in 2023.
- Netflix’s support comes from their Fund for Creative Equity, an effort to create more behind-the-camera opportunities for underrepresented communities within the tv and film industries.
- The program is open to Latinx filmmakers living and working in the United States. The grant is only for the creation of a short films and is not available to students or for commercial projects, such as music videos, tv show pitches, or web series.
- Submissions for the LXiA Spark Animation Grant are now open. Criteria and required materials, may be viewed HERE and submissions may be completed through this form. The deadline to apply to the LXiA Spark Animation Grant is Friday, December 10th, by 11:59pm PST.