My colleagues and I are supplying animation and graphics for the evolving video tone (called "ringing movies") market in Japan.
We are looking for 10 to 15-second clips with all rights free and clear. They can be character or story driven animation, beautiful and interesting live action clips or cutting edge visual stylings and graphics. Personal projects, one-offs, client pitches or even commercial projects where you own the rights are all fine. Ideally we want visually intering material that will work well on the cell phone's small screen.
The upside is obvious--creating a new medium for the work to be seen and thereby adding yet another revenue stream for work that is probably sitting on a shelf. Compensation is on a royalty basis only. Subscribers must download from a special internet site. Videotones are specially encoded and can not be shared from phone to phone.
The initial launch will feature the "UK Top Creators" package which is comprised of the clips created by UK-based creative groups and individual artists such as tomato, FUEL, Lost In Space, D-Fuse, Addictive TV, and others. The launch is schedule for June 28th and will be supported by events (Wired04, an electronic music festival), advertising and cross promotions.
I have a pdf of a proposal that I would be happy to send along. Email me with any questions.