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CBBC and BBC Worldwide Announce ANIM8 Shortlist

Nationwide search inviting pitches from individuals, studios and companies, received close to 300 entries from animators, writers, designers and storyboard artists across the U.K.

CBBC and BBC Worldwide have announced the shortlist of entries being taken through to the second stage of the channel’s animation pilot scheme, ANIM8, which hopes to find the next big thing in U.K. animation.

The nationwide search, the first of its kind for CBBC, invited pitches from individuals, studios and companies, and received close to 300 entries, from animators, writers, designers and storyboard artists across the U.K.

Following an assessment of all entries, CBBC and BBC Worldwide have announced eight that will be taken forward to the next stage of the development process.

The eight entrants will now develop their submissions further, with the support of CBBC and BBC Worldwide. Submissions will be assessed again in March and successful entrants will be taken through the next steps of the multi-stage development process, including a pitch to the CBBC & BBC WW teams, culminating in the announcement of the project being taken forward to pilot stage in April 2016.

  • Princess Sparkly Pants
    Stephanie Wahlstrom
  • Sandy Claws
    Alex Collier, Oddball media
  • Mystery soup
    Hannah Jacobs, Victoria Manifold
  • Peeled Prawn & Shaved Sheep
    Vincent James & Karina Stanford-Smith
    Fat Cat City Films
  • Stinky Badger
    Terri Langan
    Flix Facilities
  • Barry Swish the corduroy fish
    Luke Bridgeman & Hannah George
  • Intergalactic Cat Tricks
    Phil Corbett
  • Dogstar
    Mark Oswin & James Griffiths

“We were very impressed by the diverse ideas and talent attached to these ideas,” said Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s, BBC Worldwide. “The team is excited that one of the projects could be the next big global hit for this age group.”

“I’m overwhelmed and delighted with the response, which far exceeded my expectations,” commented Sarah Muller, Creative Director, Scripted, Animation and Co-productions, for BBC Children’s. “The team is looking forward to working collaboratively with the successful entrants on these exciting projects.”

Source: CBBC

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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.