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Pearl Studio Launches Dream Frame Program

The Chinese animation studio has announced new animated features in development, in conjunction with newly launched initiatives to exploring new genres, promote Chinese culture and authentic storytelling while seeking, cultivating and supporting emerging industry talent.

Pearl Studio has announced upcoming plans that include three new animated features, currently in development, and the Dream Frame Program, an animated feature talent accelerator. The animation studio plans to expand its content to encompass more Chinese language content promoting Chinese culture and authentic storytelling. It will also further its exploration to connect with new domestic and international resources.

The company is exploring new genres including sci-fi, fantasy, and Chinese mythology seeking to dive deeper into young adult-oriented content with fresh artistic experimentations. It is exploring new platforms, in addition to theatrical release, to incorporate streaming and interactive mediums in local and international markets. It reports plans to participate in diverse forms of collaboration by inviting and incentivizing animation talents worldwide to participate in various stages and types of sponsorship and cooperation.

New animated features in development include: 

Anitya – The studio’s first original project set in ancient China centers around the mythological character of Meng Po (the goddess of oblivion) and tells a story of love and memories, life and death. Fresh renditions of classic characters like Meng Po and Yue Lao (the god of karma and matchmaking) will be a key focus of this film. The project will emphasize the creation of a unique worldview with an innovative perspective on a classic tale while experimenting with new visual styles.

Ultraland - A sci-fi mystery adventure about a journey of self-exploration of teenagers growing up amid virtual worlds and physical reality. The era of big data, informational overload, and technological advancement bring both convenience and concerns. The film will explore the coming-of-age experiences born out of this era.

In the Stars – A revelation of the world behind our wishes – how does wishing work and how do wishes come true? People wish all the time, from coin throwing to temple visiting, and to the reposting of “lucky” koi fish images on social media. In the Stars explores the fantastical world and creatures behind human wishes.

The “Dream Frame” Program – Animated Feature Talent Accelerator:

The program seeks to discover and cultivate new talents in the feature animation industry. It will sponsor and cultivate new talent while providing platforms to showcase creativity and artistry. 

The first phase of the program will be submission-based competitions, including three different competition tracks.

  • The first track is open to all animated feature projects in any format of submission, including outlines, idea pitches, scripts, storyboards, and designs.
  • The second track is for completed animated shorts with no thematic restrictions.
  • The third track is for other animation professionals, with submissions based on a specific prompt. 

The studio will provide selected projects and talents with high-quality platform resources, financial sponsorship, and a wide range of collaboration formats for future development. The program will cooperate with international organizations and institutions to foster future animation directors, writers, and artists for the booming Chinese animation industry.

“Our goal is to facilitate the creativity and originality of animation filmmakers, uncover ideas with potentials for development, and eventually enhance innovation and premium content in this industry,” noted Pearl Studio CEO Catherine Ying. “Therefore, the most prominent trait of the ‘Dream Frame’ project is that we don’t have rules – we will provide the largest degree of creative and financial support to any selected talent and content, helping them towards project accomplishment and talent development.” 

Source: Pearl Studio