The second Bridging the Gap – Animation Lab organizers have announced the 13 projects from across the world that will participate in this year’s event, to be held July 18-23 in Valencia, Spain. The aim of the lab is to strengthen and promote international animation projects and facilitate the creation of international partnerships and networks.
This year’s baker’s dozen are: Feature films The Other Shape by Diego Felipe (Colombia), Wings by Tim Argall (Lithuania), Faery by Angcoy Crisologo (Philippines), ALMI by Tewodros Kifle (Ethiopia) and Elsewhere by Ward Saleh (France/Syria); and TV series: Jail by Catalina Vasquez (Colombia), Chakay – Crossing the Bridge by Daniel Jacome (Ecuador), Dinosaurs in the Sky by Amanda Richardson (U.K./Brazil), My Name Is Peligro by Juan Valbuena (Venezuela/Panama), Raffi by Santiago O’Ryan & Ricardo Villavicencio (Chile), Berks by Javier de la Chica (Spain), Villains Campus by David Colomer (Spain) and The Wind-ups by Irene Chica (Spain).
BTG scholarship recipients were Chakay, The Other Shape, Faery, ALMI and Jail. Elsewhere received the Institut Francais Espagne scholarship for Best French Project. Dinosaurs in the Sky received the Creative UK Network – British Council scholarship. The Wind-ups was awarded the 3D Wire scholarship for Best Spanish Project. And school scholarship were given to Villains Campus (Barreira Arte + Diseno) and Berks (U-tad).
The participants will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to decision makers and professionals from broadcasters like Cartoon Network, RTVE and Movistar+. Confirmed industry experts for the second BTG are Eric Goossens (director, Walking the Dog), Charlotte De La Gournerie (producer, The Reward) and Silly Walks studio. Returning participants are Nicolas Schmerkin (director, Logorama), Guillermo Garcia Carsi (creator, Pocoyo), Shamik Majumdar (creative director, Walt Disney Europe), Manuel Cristobal (producer, Wrinkles), Guadalupe Arensburg (Head of Short Films Acquisitions, Movistar+) and Paco Rodriguez, executive producer of seven animated features.
Animation Lab is organized by Bridging the Gap, an initiative promoted by animation professionals, under the Program ACERCA for Training Development in the Cultural Sector of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, in collaboration with the International and Ibero-American Administration and Public Policy.