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FLAMIN Animations Shorts Premiere at TNB XPO London

You can also watch them here - Round 2 of the Film London and Arts Council England commissioning program wrapped up with the artist animators debuting their work at The New Black Film Collective’s event; round 3 applications now open through May 22.

The second round of Film London and Arts Council England’s FLAMIN Animations commissioning program culminated with the participating artist animators debuting their work at The New Black Film Collective’s (TNBFC) XPO at Rich Mix, London. With the second round completed, the program's third round has opened applications for the award of £3,000 funding to create a 2–3 minute animated short. The deadline for applications is May 22 – more information is available here.

Isabel Barfod, Laina Deene, Lamide Olusegun, and Ruby Stoyle screened their new films after receiving funding, development support, and bespoke mentoring during the second round of FLAMIN Animations. Also including work by Toby Cato from the inaugural commissioning year, the animation showcase is part of an ongoing partnership established in 2021 with TNB XPO, an event celebrating black excellence in the screen industries. It builds on the success of FLAMIN Animations’ previous commissions, which have screened at festivals and events, including the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt, and London International Animation Film Festival.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said, “I’m delighted to see FLAMIN Animations continue to champion emerging black-identifying artist animators and support their visionary ideas and approaches to animation. It’s great to see the work of Isabel, Laina, Lamide, Ruby, and Toby showcased at this year’s TNB XPO. Their commissioned animations demonstrate the exciting potential of next-generation creative talent in the UK, further emphasizing why we must maintain our support for emerging artists creating such innovative work.”

Wootton added, “We can’t wait to see this cohort of FLAMIN animators continue to find success working with the moving image, and we are thrilled to announce a third round of the program to reach more new talent. I would like to thank Arts Council England for their invaluable support for the program.’’

The artist animators showcasing their work at TNB XPO used techniques ranging from Claymation and modeling to hand-drawn and digital animation using traditional and non-traditional animation to tell stories celebrating the medium's expressive possibilities.

Check out their films:

A Float by Isabel Barfod

Tender Wasteland by Laina Deene

Cereal Box by Lamide Olusegun:

Mixed Signals by Ruby Stoyle

Learn more about FLAMIN Animations and the 2022-23 artists here.

Source: Film London

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.