Gruppo Alcuni (studios.alcuni.it), the Italian animation producer behind Pet Pals, Leo da Vinci and Vlady & Miro, announced the launch of the Cartoon Artist course. The instructional program aims to forge a new generation of professional animators in the country.
“Animation in Italy has always been about creating amazing stories and characters, but then often producing them outside Europe. This just didn’t seem right to me. So, when I found the perfect cultural and educational scenario here in Italy’s Trentino region, I decided to create something absolutely unique and innovative. We’re starting with a small team, but we’ll grow until we can give Italian animation the same quality as a Renaissance Master Craftsman workshop,” said Francesco Manfio, CEO of Gruppo Alcuni.
“When Gruppo Alcuni decided to produce most of its animated content in Italy, such as our Mini Pet Pals series, we felt the need to forge new professionals like character designers, storyboard artists, animators, etc. So, when we found a huge opportunity within the Autonomous Province of Trento, we jumped on board this adventure and created a course that will enable us to train many young professionals for our company. And this also thanks to the support of the Artigianelli School and the Trentino Film Commission.”
The Cartoon Artist course will launch in February 2022, within the Autonomous Province of Trento’s educational and training courses (IFTS), with applications submitted by January 7, and processed between January 10-14. The selection will be narrowed down to 14 participants who will study for a full year, with over 1,000 hours in classrooms, labs and internships.
What sets the program apart is the European Qualification Framework Diploma participants will graduate with, considering no similar courses in Italy offer such a certification. It is also an opportunity for artists of any age and education to apply.
Learn more at www.artigianelli.tn.it/corso-cartoon-artist.