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Native American Animation Lab now Accepting Applications

The intensive annual workshopping event, offering one-on-one mentoring and group development sessions, heads online December 5-9; early entry deadline is October 3.

The Native American Media Alliance (NAMA) is now accepting applications for the Native American Animation Lab taking place December 5-9.  2022 marks the 4th edition of the workshop aimed at offering industry training access to Native Americans exploring the field of animation. 

The five-day, online program allows Native American writers, filmmakers, and artists to work on their current animation projects in one-on-one mentoring sessions, group sessions, and peer workshops, and to hear from working animation personnel.  The week concludes with an intensive pitching session for each participant, where a panel of creative executives will provide feedback and guidance.

“This program has proven to be a genuine training ground for Native Americans seeking to break into animation,” Ian Skorodin (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), director of strategy for NAMA states, reported Native News Online. “Several fellows have developed new animation projects, completed ongoing animation films and found staffing positions on Native American animated series.” 

The 2022 Native American Animation Lab accepts applications from Native Americans who have a film, script, comic book, or visual materials they can develop and pitch as an animation series or feature film.  The application deadlines are: early - October 3rd; regular - October 17th; and final - October 31st.

The lab is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Cherokee Nation Film Office.

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Whitney is a freelance writer focusing on VFX-driven fantasy film & TV as well as preschool animation.