Summer of Animation launches for 13- to 18-year-olds

The Summer of Animation is a programme of free activities for 13 to 18-year olds in the UK who have a passion for creating animation. This is a two-month programme of masterclasses, online camps and a competition for 13- to 18-year-olds to create their own animation.

This initiative is a cross-industry collaborative programme, supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council, with contributions from UK animation productions, Blue Zoo, Access:VFX, NextGen Skills Academy, 3Dami, DNEG, Framestore, Escape Studios, Norwich University of the Arts and ScreenSkills, supported by the BFI awarding National Lottery funds.

The programme starts on Monday 8 June and runs until 20 August. For more information go to the Summer of Animation website.

There will be four strands of online activity:

  • Masterclasses: showing you how to make your own short animated film using free software
  • Feedback: students can upload their short films and receive feedback
  • Summer studio*: online studio where students will make a short film as part of virtual team project
  • Competition: judged by industry professionals with prizes from animation and VFX studios

Tom Box, co-founder/managing director of Blue Zoo and chair of the Animation Skills Council, said: “With the state of the world at the moment, this initiative is more needed than ever. By giving teenagers from all backgrounds, both geographically and demographically, the inspiration and opportunity to kickstart a rewarding creative career, we can hopefully seed the change our industry, and world, desperately needs.”

Simon Devereux, founder and director of Access:VFX  said:Building on last year’s Animation Summer School the ambition for 2020's Summer of Animation is to not just to target the younger generation, but to get through to families, parents, carers and guardians, and convince the grown-ups that the UK creative industry is thriving and there are viable career pathways.”

Anyone who forms teams or works with others to use any of the resources should adhere to current government social distancing guidance.

*ScreenSkills 3Dami 2020 Summer Studio
A free online 3D animation camp for 13 to 18-year-olds. Students make every part of a 3D digital animated short film across two weeks with the support of industry mentors and alumni. It is the only course of its type worldwide and many of the diverse student base are now working in the film and games industries.

  • Camp 1: 6 July to 17 July  (10 places)
  • Camp 2: 27 July to 7 August  (20 places)

It is open to students of all levels of experience. To get on to the course, you must submit a portfolio of your work.

Students can apply now at 3dami.

Check out previous year's work here 

Supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions.

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