14 May 2021
Young Animator of the Year (YAY) is a programme of free activities for 11- to 18-year-olds who have a passion for creating animation.
The initiative aims to discover, nurture and celebrate young talent across the UK. It is funded by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund, Access:VFX, 3Dami and NextGen Skills Academy, with extra support from Bafta, the British Animation Awards and the Manchester Animation Festival.
On joining the YAY UK club, young people can access - or apply for - a range of activities, including:
Tom Box, co-founder/managing director of Blue Zoo and chair of the Animation Skills Council, said: “Improving ethnic and socio-economic inclusion in our industry largely relies on grassroots initiatives reaching out to young people so they can be made aware of the career opportunities local to them. Young Animator of the Year UK brings studios across the UK together to encourage young artists to get animating and celebrate up-and-coming talent.”