Film London and Arts Council England have launched FLAMIN Animations, a new programme of commissions for four early-career black-identifying artist animators living in the UK.

Part of FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network), the programme aims to support artist animators as they take their first steps into a career working with the moving image, with development support and funding for a new work. Applications are open now until 22 June 2021.

The programme has been launched as an acknowledgement of the underrepresentation of black-identifying artists within the art, film, and animation industries. Successful applicants will receive £2,500 to create a new animation, together with bespoke mentoring opportunities, development support and advice. Film London will also work with applicants who are unsuccessful in securing one of the commissions, with a range of networking and mentoring opportunities in the coming months.

The four new 1-3 minute animation commissions will premiere on the Film London website in winter 2021 and the selected artist animators will receive support in gaining further exposure for their work.

Adrian Wootton, OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “We’re delighted to open up the call for applications and can’t wait to see what exciting works are produced through FLAMIN Animations. This programme is a considered acknowledgement of the underrepresentation of black-identifying artists within the art, film, and animation industries. We hope that this programme not only supports the selected artists, but also fosters a network for applicants who are unsuccessful in securing one of the commissions and opens up opportunities for peer group building, mentoring and talks by guest artist animators and more. As part of Film London’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and our increased commitment to diversity and equality, we are committed to greater inclusivity in all our programmes.”

To apply, visit https://filmlondon.org.uk/resource/apply-to-flamin-animations

Picture: Hardeep Pandhal, BAME of Thrones (Trailer) (2019), video still. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by FLAMIN and Channel 4 Random Acts through the Film London Jarman Award 

Jon Creamer