BBC Children’s and Education has announced that the Ignite Animation Programme will return for a second round with a new search for the best animation talent in the UK.

Applications open today and run until Thursday 8th February 2024 with the BBC looking for “fresh, bold and innovative animated TV series ideas for a fully funded development opportunity.”

Successful creators will receive funding to co-develop their idea in partnership with the BBC, developing it into an industry standard proof of concept which will then be considered for a potential commission.

The BBC is on the lookout for UK-centric ideas that appeal to children of all ages from sole creators over the age of 18, collectives, animation studios, production companies or anything in-between.

Ignite one was launched in 2021 and  yielded three animation projects including Duck and Frog, Captain Onion’s Buoyant Academy for Wayward Youth and The Underglow, all of which are currently in the commissioning process.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director, Children’s & Education: “Whether you’ve been in the industry for years or just starting out, the beauty of Ignite is that it is open to anyone. We saw so many great ideas from the first initiative, we know the talent is out there and we’re really proud that we can facilitate the development and offer opportunity to new talent from across the whole of the country. We need a buoyant children’s sector and it is critical that there is more culturally relevant content for UK kids on our screens. Ensuring that happens is a key priority of mine and the BBC’s.”

Full details on how to submit ideas and details on the process can be found at

Jon Creamer

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