Call for projects
CEE Animation Workshop is a year-long programme for developing projects and enhancing the skills of producers in the field of animation. The programme is open to professionals from all member states participating in the Creative Europe MEDIA programme*. The workshop focuses mainly on producers and projects from countries with low production capacity**. Producers and projects from medium and high production capacity countries are also invited to apply if they have a proven link or interest in co-development and co-production with low production capacity countries or the CEE region.
The Workshop is tailor-made to suit the needs of producers and their creative teams with animated projects of any format (shorts, TV, feature-length, hybrid, XR) in development.
The Workshop is also open to a limited number of producers without projects seeking to build a long-term strategy for their company.
The 2022 edition of the CEE Animation Workshop will consist of 4 modules; 3 modules will be held online and 1 module will be on-site.
About the Workshop
For the fourth year in a row, the CEE Animation Workshop is the only Creative Europe MEDIA supported training activity especially tailored to the needs of European animation producers and their creative teams from EU low production capacity countries who have projects in development. With the 2022 edition, we decided to open the programme also to professionals from all member states participating in the Creative Europe MEDIA programme.
With its holistic approach, the CEE Animation Workshop accompanies a project over a period of one year from its early stages to a fully developed project ready to access the international market for financing.
Throughout the program which is a combination of group work, individual sessions and lectures, participants acquire diverse advanced skills required to be competitive on the market, which they can not only apply to their current project, but also use to grow their career, company and other future projects.
In addition, the Workshop is devised as a networking event where participants get to meet other fellow producers, experts and industry decision-makers who contribute to their network of future partners.
During the Workshop, participants with a project focus on the script, visuals and production package development. They have the opportunity to advance their scripts, train in the art of pitching and get access to inspirational lectures by acclaimed professionals and detailed case studies of successful projects. Producers can gain resourceful knowledge on financial and creative aspects of animation production, deepen their knowledge in areas such as co-productions, animation production management, financing and budgeting, legal aspects, marketing, festival strategies and even negotiation and conflict resolution. The CEE Animation Workshop also enables participants to develop and advance skills in the area of XR projects that use animation as the primary technique.
The Workshop finishes with the final presentation of a full production package and pre-recorded pitch to a carefully selected group of industry players, such as representatives of funding bodies, broadcasters, producers, sales agents and distributors in the format of one-on-one meetings.
In addition to participation in the full workshop program, career-oriented participants (participants without a project) receive personal mentoring for their career and business strategy development.
After the completion of the Workshop, participants can take advantage of the CEE Animation network and gain privileged access to various industry and market events in the EU.
The program is led by renowned producers and animation script consultants in the roles of group leaders, who closely follow and mentor projects for the duration of the program.
In previous years, participants had the chance to work with seasoned producers such as Moe Honan (Ireland), Siún Ní Raghallaigh (Ireland), Ewa Puszczyńska (Poland), Jean-François Le Corre (France), Ole Wendorff-Østergaard (Denmark). Script consultants with experience in animation included Rita Domonyi (Hungary), Phil Parker (UK) and François Pirot (France).
A long list of guest experts participated in the CEE Animation Workshop in previous years. For more information see archives of previous editions.
Dates & venues
The program consists of three online digital modules and one on-site module.
Application Guidelines & Participant’s profile
For teams with a project in development
Intended for a producer and a scriptwriter with an animated project of any format in development: short film, feature-length film, TV series, TV special, documentary or fiction, hybrid projects (must contain at least 50% animation), or XR projects (narrative and using animation). In special cases, an additional creative team member such as director (if not also scriptwriter), production designer or art director can access part of the program. Once the team members are confirmed, no later substitution is possible.
For producers without a project
Intended for producers and other professionals working in the field of animation focusing on building a strategy for their company and wishing to acquire new producer skills specific to animation.
Additional requirements and explanations:
All participants must have citizenship of or permanent residency in one of the member states participating in the Creative Europe MEDIA programme*. All participants are required to attend all the Workshop modules in 2022.
If accepted, the third team member is welcome to attend all parts of the workshop but it is obligatory that he/she attends script consultancy sessions, visual consultancy sessions and group works.
In case of a residential module, only the producer and one creative team member will be able to attend.
- Two (optionally three) participants with a project in development: 2,700.00 EUR
- One participant without a project: 1,800.00 EUR
The participation fee includes access to all four modules of the program, online script consultancy sessions, accommodation and meals (in case of a residential Workshop module).
Costs of travel to/from the Workshop location in case of a residential module and any additional costs not listed above are not covered by the organizer.
The fee must be paid before the beginning of the first module. The payment can only be made in two instalments with explicit permission from the organizers.
There is no registration fee for submitting your application.
CEE Animation Workshop offers a limited number of scholarships.
You may submit a request for a scholarship together with your application, with an explanation and a motivation letter specifying your reasons.
If awarded, the CEE Animation Scholarship is granted as partial reduction of the fee, not as complete exemption of payment. The amount of the scholarship granted to an applicant is based on the selection committee’s assessment of the state of the film and animation industry in the applicant’s country as well as available funding resources in the applicant’s country and the submitted applicant’s explanation. A Scholarship cannot be claimed; it is strictly based on the decision of the selection committee and the decision made is final.
Application deadline and selection
The deadline to submit your application is 15 November 2021.
You can apply by filling out the form on the following links:
- with a project in development (application must be submitted by the producer)
- without a project
The selection committee might request an additional online meeting with you in December.
You will be notified of the results via email by the end of December.
For any additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CEE Animation Workshop is organized “with the support of the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA”.
*The Creative Europe MEDIA programme participating countries are: EU member states and the following countries should also be considered subject to conditions being fulfilled for their participation in the MEDIA strand: Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Tunisia and Ukraine. For the listed non-EU member states the association agreement process started. Entry into force expected in November 2021 with retroactive effect from 1/01/2021. More here
**The Creative Europe MEDIA programme Low Capacity Countries are:
Group A: Czech Republic, Estonia, Romania, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Poland
Group B: Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Cyprus, Malta
And the following countries should also be considered within Group B subject to conditions being fulfilled for their participation in the MEDIA strand: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine. For the listed non-EU member states the association agreement process started. Entry into force expected in November 2021 with retroactive effect from 1/01/2021.
Call for projects is open!