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BBC Launches 'What if?' Global Competition

The BBC launches a competition calling for for budding animators, illustrators and creatives to create a vision of the future.

As part of a season of programs and digital content for BBC World Service and BBC World News, the BBC has launched a competition asking for budding animators, illustrators and creatives to create a vision of the future.

The competition is global, and aimed at students or other people developing their skills in animation, photography and illustration.

Koji Yamamura's vision of the future is based on a painting by Pieter Bruegel.

A number of well-known illustrators and animators, including Japanese Illustrator and filmmaker Koji Yamamura, Buenos Aires creative group Play Collective, Australia’s Glenn Hatton, British artist and author Levi Pinfold, Spanish poet photographer Chema Madoz, and Abdoulaye Konaté, the director of the Conservatoire of Arts and Media in Bamako, Mali, have been asked to create artwork to give inspiration to aspiring entrants. Watch the video, below, featuring some of the artists and artwork that has been created to inspire entrants:

The competition is also enlisting the help of five well-known judges from around the world:

  • Steve Harding Hill – one of the topAardman animation directors
  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev – ArticticDirector of dOCUMENTA 13
  • Gitanjali Rao – Cannes Critic’s Weekwinner
  • Mohamed Ghazala – Best Animation Award inAfrican Movie Academy Awards
  • Ross Dawson – author, leading futuristand entrepreneur

The deadline for entries is Friday, March 8, 2013. Find more details on the competition at:

Source: BBC

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.