The second annual international Bridging the Gap animation lab — being held this year in Valencia, Spain July 18-23 — has extended its call for projects deadlines. The new deadline to submit animated feature film, series and short film projects in pre-production, development or active production phases is now April 25.
Bridging the Gap is an intensive workshop with industry experts offering the keys to producing, distributing and selling animated projects. The program is open to young animation artists, professionals and students working on an animated feature film or series — short film projects with the potential to evolve into a feature or series may also be considered. A maximum of 12 projects will be selected to participate in the workshop, which includes masterclasses, lectures and individual meetings with international experts.
BTG will also provide partial scholarships for the participation of a maximum of five projects from Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara, Palestinian Territories, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and the Philippines.
Included in the activities will be a chance to pitch projects to gatekeepers at international channels like Cartoon Network, RTVE and Movistar+. Confirmed experts participating this year include Eric Goossens (director, Walking the Dog), Charlotte De La Gournerie (producer, The Reward), Nicolas Schmerkin (producer, Logorama), Guillermo Garcia Carsi (creator, Pocoyo), Shamik Majumdar (creative director, Walt Disney Europe), Manuel Cristobal (producer, Wrinkles), Guadalupe Arensburg (head of short film acquisitions, Movistar+), Paco Rodriguez (consultant and executive producer), and representatives from Silly Walks studio.
Rules and regulations, course content, registration costs, conditions of grants and application form are available on the BTG website.