BRIDGING THE GAP EXTENDS ITS DEADLINE AND ADDS A FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR ITS THIRD EDITION

BRIDGING THE GAP EXTENDS ITS DEADLINE AND ADDS A FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR ITS THIRD EDITION

The international animation laboratory Bridging the Gap (BTG) has extended the deadline to participate in its third edition, to be held July 16th to 22nd in Tenerife, Spain. Until May 1st projects of feature film or series in state of pre-production, development or production will be received. Short films with the potential to become a feature film or a series could also be accepted.

Organized by Bridging the Gap, an initiative promoted by professionals of the animation area, with the support of the Spanish Cooperation, through the ACERCA Training Program for the Development in the Cultural Sector, the collaboration of the International Latin American Foundation for Public Administrations and Public Policies (FIIAPP) and sponsored by Cabildo de Tenerife through Turismo de Tenerife and the Science and Technology Park INtech Tenerife and with the collaboration of TLP Tenerife; the lab aims to strengthen and boost the internationalization of animation projects from all over the world and to facilitate the creation of international partnerships and networks.

Among the received projects, twelve will be selected to participate in this laboratory that will include activities like conferences and personalized consulting meetings, given by several prestigious professionals of the sector. Once selected, the participants will be able to obtain their definitive vacancy in BTG through one of the four scholarships offered by the organization to candidates from the following countries of Latin America and the Caribbean: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic; North Africa and the Middle East: Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara and Palestinian Territories; Sub-Saharan Africa: Mali, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique; and the Philippines.

These scholarships include the course registration, accommodation and meals during the days of the course, as well as the flight to Tenerife. BTG will also offer a full scholarship for one participant from the countries not included in the list above and the festival and market 3D Wire one for a Spanish participant. Moreover, two scholarships will be granted to participants from Tenerife. The other participants can participate by paying a registration fee of 1.500€ that will include the course, accommodation and meals during the workshop.

In this third edition, colombian applicants will be able to aim to receive financial assistance from the Colombian Film Development Fund (FDC) through the official promotion supports (‘estímulos automáticos’), offered by this institution for the participation in training workshops and international counselings.

The rules and regulations are available in the website of BTG.

BRIDGING THE GAP OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS 2017 EDITION!

The international animation laboratory Bridging the Gap (BTG) opens the call for projects to participate in its third edition, to be held from July 16th to 22nd in Tenerife, Spain.

Organized by Bridging the Gap, an initiative promoted by professionals of the animation area, with the support of the Spanish Cooperation, through the ACERCA Training Program for the Development in the Cultural Sector, the collaboration of the International Latin American Foundation for Public Administrations and Public Policies, (FIIAPP) and sponsored by Cabildo de Tenerife through Turismo de Tenerife and the Science and Technology Park INtech Tenerife; the lab aims to strengthen and boost the internationalization of animation projects from all over the world and to facilitate the creation of international partnerships and networks.

The program is open to young professionals and students with an animation project of a feature film or a series in state of pre-production, development or production. Short films with the potential to become a feature film or a series would also be accepted. Among the received projects, twelve will be selected to participate in this laboratory that will include activities like conferences and personalized consulting meetings, given by several prestigious professionals of the sector.

Once selected, the participants will be able to obtain their definitive vacancy in BTG through one of the three scholarships offered by the organization to candidates from the following countries of Latin America and the Caribbean: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic; North Africa and the Middle East: Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara and Palestinian Territories; Sub-Saharan Africa: Mali, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique; and the Philippines. These scholarships include the course registration, accommodation and meals during the days of the course, as well as the flight to Tenerife.

BTG will also offer a full scholarship for one participant from the countries not included in the list above and the festival and market 3D Wire one for a Spanish participant. Moreover, two scholarships will be granted to participants from Tenerife

The other participants can participate by paying a registration fee of 1.500€ that will include the course, accommodation and meals during the workshop.

For the first time, colombian applicants will be able to aim to receive financial assistance from the Colombian Film Development Fund (FDC) through the official promotion supports (‘estímulos automáticos’), offered by this institution for the participation in training workshops and international counselings.

The deadline of this call is April 24th and the rules and regulations are available in the website of BTG.

BRIDGING THE GAP GOES TO MANILA!

The Philippine animation festival Animahenasyon celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with the participation of the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, the Instituto Cervantes of Manila, the Spanish Cooperation (through the agencies AECID and FIIAPP), the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECD) and the Spanish public agency Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), whose efforts make possible the holding in the country of the seminar Bridging the Gap: Animation Lab and the hosting of the travelling film program From Doodles to Pixels: Over a Hundred Years of Animation.

Bridging the Gap (BTG) Animation Lab transforms Manila into a laboratory for animation students and professionals wishing to create projects under the tutelage of industry experts during a three-day workshop from November 23 to 25 that combines lectures and individual meetings.

Focusing on training and building networks among aspiring and expert animators, BTG Animation Lab seeks to improve the potential of institutions as well as professionals and create synergy between them not only at a cultural level but also in the economic development of the audiovisual animation industry.

The Philippine edition of BTG Animation Lab features four internationally-recognized Spanish experts whose contribution includes holding lectures and activities geared towards bringing closer European, particularly Spanish, animation to the general public and professionals in the Philippines and Asia.

Heading these experts is Guillermo García Carsi (creator of Pocoyo), who shares his expertise in creating animated characters with personality. Joining him is Paco Rodríguez (executive producer of seven feature films with Filmax Animation, currently runs Media Training & Consulting) who offers his know-how on creating strong and successful production. Guadalupe Arensburg, Head of Short Films Acquisition Department of Movistar+ España, takes part with a lecture on acquisition and co-production of short films in Movistar+ as well as on the panorama of short films in the European market. For his part, 3D Wire director José Luis Farias discusses synergies between video games and animation.

Apart from Bridging the Gap it will also be screened the program From Doodles to Pixels: Over a Hundred Years of Spanish Animation comes.

VALENCIA, EPICENTRE OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUNG TALENT IN ANIMATION DURING SOME DAYS THANKS TO BRIDGING THE GAP

From Monday July 18th and until Saturday 23rd, the international animation lab Bridging the Gap (BTG) celebrated its second edition in the venue of the school Barreira Arte + Diseño in Valencia (Spain) with the participation of fourteen talents from all over the world.

The fourteen participants, selected by the organization after an open call, are talents from all over the world that attend to the Spanish city with their projects of animated series or feature film in development. Among them, young talents from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Philippines, France, Lithuania, United Kingdom and Siria, as well as several Spanish talents participated.

The participants received masterclass and consulting meetings by experts of the industry, among we could find the founder of the Belgium production company Walking de Dog, Eric Goossens; the creator of “Pocoyo”, Guillermo García Carsí; the Movistar + Spain’s head of short films acquisitions department, Guadalupe Arensburg; the creative director of Walt Disney Europe, Shamik Majumdar; the producer of the Oscar-winner short film “Logorama”, Nicolas Schmerkin; the producer of the transmedia project “The reward”, Charlotte De La Gournerie; the Director of 3D Wire, Jose Luis Farias; or the Spanish producer Manuel Cristóbal (“Wrinkles”). Besides, there were the consultants Paco Rodríguez and Belli Ramírez, co-founder of Mr.Cohl and line producer of Zinkia Entertainment; and the young Valencian animation studio Silly Walks.

Furthermore, Saturday 23rd, final pitch day, the experts panel integrated as well the head of acquisitions of the distribution company Pack Magic, Alfred Sesma; and the director and executive producer of Rokyn Animation, Manuel Sicilia and Francesca Nicoll, among others. With the aim of encourage the meeting the local industry, the organization invited to the sector to participate in the final pitch of selected projects, Saturday 23rd at the school Barreira, Arte + Diseño. During the activity, the professionals were invited to give feedback to the selected talents, with whom could speak in the paella that closed this day.

BRIDGING THE GAP ANNOUNCES THE SELECTED PROJECTS FOR ITS 2ND EDITION!

A total of 13 projects have been selected to participate in Bridging the Gap 2016: the feature films ‘The Other Shape’ by Diego Felipe Guzmán (Colombia), ‘Wings’ by Tim Argall – preliminar director – (Lithuania), ‘Faery’ by Angcoy Crisologo (Philippines), ‘ALMI’ by Tewodros Kifle (Ethiopia) and ‘Elsewhere’ by Ward Saleh (France/Siria); and the series ‘Jail’ by Catalina Vásquez (Colombia), ‘Chakay, Crossing the Bridge’ by Daniel Jacome (Ecuador), ‘Dinosaurs in the sky’ by Amanda Richardson (United Kingdom/Brazil), ‘My name is Peligro’ by Juan Valbuena (Venezuela/Panama), ‘Raffi’ by Santiago O´Ryan & Ricardo Villavicencio (Chile), ‘Berks’ by Javier de la Chica (Spain), ‘Villains Campus’ by David Colomer (Spain) and ‘The Wind-ups’ by Irene Chica (Spain).

The five projects which received the BTG scholarships were ‘Chakay, Crossing the Bridge’ by Daniel Jacome (Ecuador), ‘The Other Shape’ by Diego Felipe Guzmán (Colombia), ‘Faery’ by Angcoy Crisologo (Philippines), ‘ALMI’ by Tewodros Kifle (Ethiopia) and ‘Jail’ by Catalina Vásquez (Colombia).

‘Elsewhere’ by Ward Saleh (France/Siria) received the Institut Français Espagne scholarship to the Best French Project; besides ‘Dinosaurs in the sky’ by Amanda Richardson (United Kingdom/Brazil) has received the Creative UK Network – British Council scholarship; “The Wind-ups” by Irene Chica (Spain) it has been awarded the 3D Wirescholarship to the Best Spanish Project; and ‘Villains Campus’ by David Colomer and ‘Berks’ by Javier de la Chica were selected with scholarships from the schools Barreira Arte + Diseño and U-tad, respectively, addressed to one of their students.

Among the activities scheduled the participants will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to decision-makers and professionals of channels interested in knowing new animation works, like Cartoon Network, RTVE or Movistar+. Regarding the confirmed experts for this second edition of BTG we can stand out the following ones: 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’ among others); 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’; and the young animation studio Silly Walks that currently works for a project of Nickelodeon USA, among others.

Besides the following ones will participate again: the producer of Oscar-winning short film ‘Logorama’ Nicolas Schmerkin; the creator of “Pocoyo” Guillermo García 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+; and Paco Rodríguez, consultant and executive producer of seven animated feature films.

In the second edition will collaborate again the Valencian institutions and organizations such as Culturarts IVAC Generalitat Valenciana; ANIMAT, the Valencian Association of Animation Studios, Rector Peset of the University of Valencia and the aforementioned school Barreira Arte + Diseño.

THE NEW DEADLINE FOR BRIDGING THE GAP 2016’S REGISTRATIONS IS APRIL 25TH

The international animation lab Bridging the Gap (BTG) has extended the deadline for its second edition’s call for projects, which will be hold in Valencia (Spain) in July 18th – 23rd. The NEW DEADLINE to submit animated projects – from all over the world – in preproduction, in development, or in production is April 25th.

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 internationally animation projects from around the world and facilitate the creation of international partnerships and networks.

With this aim, BTG has made 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 these projects awarded with grant by institutions will be held jointly between the institution and the selection committee of Bridging the Gap.

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS ESPAGNE GIVE ONE BTG SCHOLARSHIP TO A FRENCH CREATOR

The Institut Français Espagne support the second edition of the initiative Bridging the Gap, Animation Lab facilitating access to a French young talent in the course. The call for projects is open to animation projects: series, feature films and short films, in its different production stages: in preproduction, in development or in production. Of all the projects received one will be selected.

The Institut Français Espagne will concede the selected project a scholarship to Bridging the Gap 2016 which includes: the registration worth 1,500 euros (comprising course, accommodation and meals). The selected creator will have to afford the displacement to Valencia and include the logo of Bridging the Gap in the project once completed.

The course will be taught in English, July 18th-23th in Valencia (Spain).

Participation is open only to French nationality creators. And each participant can present only one project.

The deadline to submit a project is April 25th.

The selection committee will consist of professionals and specialists of animation. The selected project will be announced in bthegap.com You can download the regulations of participation and entry form in this link. For further information you can write to info@bthegap.com

3D WIRE OFFERS A SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE BEST SPANISH PROJECT FOR THE 2ND EDITION OF BRIDGING THE GAP

3D Wire, International Animation, Video Games and New Media Market is one of the collaborators of this second edition of Bridging The Gap and it will award a scholarship to the best Spanish animation project among all those received. 3D Wire will provide young Spanish talents of animation, the possibility to access the professional world of animation and improve and develop their work with the help of experts in order to have a bigger knowledge in the animation industry and improve its capabilities in this workshop.

BRIDGING THE GAP OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS 2016 EDITION!

The international animation lab Bridging the Gap (BTG) has opened its call for developing animation projects from all over the world to participate in its second edition, which will be hold in Valencia (Spain) in July 18th – 23rd.

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 internationally animation projects from around the world and facilitate the creation of partnerships and networks.

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 production stage of development, preproduction or production. Short films projects with potential to become a feature film or a series may also be considered.

Among all the projects received twelve will be selected to participate in this workshop which will include masterclasses, lectures and individual B2B meetings with international experts, who will provide advice to strengthen projects and enhance their integration in the industry. As closing, participants will have opportunity to pitch their projects to decision-makers and professionals of channels like Cartoon Network, Canal + or RTVE, interested in knowing new animation works.

Regarding the confirmed experts for this second edition of BTG we can stand out the following ones: 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’ among others); 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 currently works for a project of Nickelodeon USA.

The lab will provide partial scholarships for the participation to a maximum of five projects 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 call is open until April 15th!

TRAINING, CONSULTANCIES AND NETWORKING IN THE FIRST EDITION OF BRIDGING THE GAP – ANIMATION LAB

Last July 25th it finished in Valencia the 1st edition of the international animation lab Bridging the Gap (BTG), an initiative focused on generating the knowledge transference and establishing a bridge between the training processes and the industry. With the participation of animated producers, directors and experts from around twenty countries, the event was also a meeting point to facilitate the creation of collaborations and encourage the networks of international contacts.

This first edition of BTG was organized by Bridging the Gap and coorganized by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), across its Program ACERCA, in which FIIAPP participates (The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies). Its development was possible thanks to the collaboration of CulturArts IVAC of Generalitat Valenciana together with the support of other institutions as 3D Wire, DIBOOS, Women for Africa Foundation, Institut Français Espagne, British Council, Unifrance, Canal + Spain, Pixelatl, Dirac, Prochile, MAI, Barreira Arte + Diseño, U-tad, Rector Peset of Universitat of Valencia, Conflictivos Productions and Blue Dream Studios Spain.

“Thanks to the institutions that bet from the very first moment for this project, we manage to award a scholarship to more than 90 % of the participants, so the economic determinant didn’t suppose a barrier at the time of selecting the biggest talent. This determined support allowed us to be provided with experts of the first level, who transmitted their wide experience to help those that are trying to have a place in the complex universe of the production of audiovisual projects”, Guadalupe Arensburg, codirector of the event, stood out.

The chosen participants took part in workshops, lectures and personal consultancies that allowed them to analyze the keys to produce, distribute and commercialize the animated works at the same time than they could strengthen their projects. The activities were in charge of experts among whom we can stand out the transmedia project “Urbance“ Communication Director, Marcin J. Sobczak; the director and producer of the feature film ‘Animal Crackers’ (produced by Blue Dream Studios Spain); and the consultants Belli Ramírez (Mr. Cohl), specialist in production managing; and Paco Rodríguez (Media Training and Consulting), expert in executive production. Also, there participated the creator of ‘Pocoyó’, Guillermo García Carsí; the person in charge of programming at the Short Film Department Canal + France, Brigitte Pardo; the creative director of Walt Disney Europe, Shamik Majumdar; the producer of the Oscar short film “Logorama“, Nicolas Schmerkin or the Spanish producer Manuel Cristóbal (‘Wrinkles’).

“The bonds that have been created between the participants and the experts are very solid and shortly we will be able to announce projects as a whole that have been generated in the BTG frame”, José Luis Farias, codirector of the event together with Arensburg, mentioned. And he added: “Undoubtedly every participant takes a suitcase full of knowledge and experiences with the commitment to share it in their countries and to be ambassadors of BTG with everything what this means: generation of networks, training, cultural diversity and especially exchange”.

The participants had opportunity to do a pitch of their projects in front of a group of professionals of the industry, among them there was the producer of Convoy Films, Gustavo Ferrada; the producer of El Viaje Imposible and production manager of The SPA Studios, Gerardo Álvarez; the RTVE Head of Children Content, Yago Fandiño; and the programme coordinator of Turner Spain, Mónica Chaves; among others.

Thanks to the support of CulturArts IVAC of Generalitat Valenciana, in parallel to the workshop and with the aim to keep on promoting the art of the animation, we celebrated several activities opened to the public: a meeting with the Valencian animation industry in Conflictivo Productions office; a masterclass on how realizing a good pitch in charge of the producer Paco Rodríguez in the Theater Rialto; and a screening in the MUVIM with the awards BAFTA of animation of last years in collaboration with the British Council.

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