Turner’s Cartoon Network is offering African animators the chance of having a pilot aired on the TV channel through its new Africa Creative Lab project.
Creatives should produce an English short-form animated comedy piece that is between one to three minutes long, and is targeted at children between six and 12 years old. African creatives over the age of 18 and companies from across the continent are urged to submit their entries by 31 August 2018.
“We have worked hard, and had great opportunities to build long-lasting relationships with numerous influential networks, studios and animation associations in Africa, and we are fascinated by how the African filmmaking community brings creatives together from all over the continent,” said Ariane Suveg, head of programming and acquisition, Turner Kids Africa.
“We want to tap into that inspiring pan-African exchange with this project. Through our years in Africa, we have been presented with an impressive number of talented African creatives, and from our experiences, we are convinced that it is important to launch these kinds of initiatives to reach talent.”
Ten projects will be shortlisted in September, and the finalists will get the opportunity to pitch their work to Cartoon Network .
The winner and two runners-up will be announced during the 2018 DISCOP Johannesburg industry event in November. All three will have the opportunity for their project to be produced as a pilot with Cartoon Network Africa.
The chosen project will then premiere on Turner’s linear channel and its digital platforms.