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Bridging The Gap Extends 2016 Submission Deadline

New deadline to submit animated feature film, series and short film projects in development, preproduction, or production to international animation laboratory is April 25.

MADRID, SPAIN -- The International Animation Lab Bridging the Gap (BTG) has extended the deadline for its call for submission of animated projects in preproduction, in development, or in production is April 25th. Submissions will be accepted from around the world. The BTG will be held in Valencia, Spain from July 18th – 23rd.

BTG is presented as an intensive workshop given by industry experts that will provide the keys to produce, distribute and sell the animated works. The program is open to young animation artists, professionals and students who have an animation feature film or series project in the production stage of preproduction, development or production. Short film projects with potential to become a feature film or a series may also be considered.

A maximum of twelve projects will be selected from submissions for an invitation to participate in this workshop. The workshop will include masterclasses, lectures and individual B2B meetings with international experts.

The lab will provide partial scholarships for the participation of up to a maximum of five projects chosen 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. The rules and regulations of participation, course content, registration costs, conditions of the grants and the application form are available on the website of BTG.

The participants will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to decision-makers and professionals of channels interested new animation, such as Cartoon Network, RTVE or Movistar+.  The following experts will participate at BTG: Eric Goossens, director of the Belgian production company Walking de Dog (The Congress, A Monster in Paris, The Secret of Kells and The Triplets of Belleville); Charlotte De La Gournerie, producer of one of the most successful projects in Kickstarter and an international benchmark of new forms of marketing of animation, The Reward; the producer of Oscar-winning short film Logorama, Nicolas Schmerkin; the creator of Pocoyo,  Guillermo Garcia Carsí; the creative director of Walt Disney Europe, Shamik Majumdar; the European producer of 2012 Manuel Cristóbal (Wrinkles); Guadalupe Arensburg, Head of Short Films Acquisitions Department Movistar+; Paco Rodríguez, consultant and executive producer of seven animated feature films; and the young animation studio Silly Walks that is currently working on a project of Nickelodeon USA.

In the first edition of BTG, seventeen students from all around the world gathered with their development projects. Among them, young people from the following countries participated: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay.

Organized by Bridging the Gap, an initiative promoted by several animation professionals, under the Program ACERCA on Training Development in the Cultural Sector of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), and with the collaboration of International and Ibero-American Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP); the laboratory aims to strengthen and promote international animation projects from around the world and facilitate the creation of international partnerships and networks.

BTG has established collaboration agreements with different institutions, through which other grants to participate will be provided: 3D Wire Scholarship to Best Spanish Project, Institut Français Espagne Scholarship to Best French Project; and those of the schools Barreira Art + Design and U-tad, University Center for Technology and Digital Arts, focused respectively to one of their students. The selection of projects to be awarded with grants by institutions will be made jointly between the institution and the selection committee of Bridging the Gap.

Source: Bridging The Gap