BFI, Aardman team for Animation Development Lab
by Naman Ramachandran
- £1 million funding available to three projects for up to two years
The British Film Institute (BFI) and Aardman Animations have launched a new scheme to support the development and production of animated feature films, backed by £1 million in funding. The funds will be made available for up to two years to three filmmakers or filmmaker teams to develop their projects through The BFI Aardman Animation Development Lab. The closing date for applications is 28 November 2014.
Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said, “The beauty of animated features lies in their ability to combine great artistry with commercial ambition. This all comes at a cost, and so the development opportunities are limited. Tapping into that Aardman brain to work in depth on a small number of carefully chosen projects from promising filmmakers, is a great opportunity for us to move some exciting and commercially appealing work closer to a reality.”
Peter Lord, Co-founder of Aardman Animations, said, “Feature animation is the ideal medium for filmmakers. It allows us to reach the widest possible cinema audience, in terms of age and demographic, without compromising our standards or patronising our viewers. It offers magnificent scope for the fundamental film skills of cinematography, design, editing and performance. And as filmmakers we can win over audiences not only through humour, but also through deep emotion and visceral excitement.”
Aardman has produced a number of international hit animation feature films including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit [+see also:
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