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The Sustainability Animation Residency (SAR) 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
22 May 2021 - 03 July 2021
Arles, France
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Event Description:

The Sustainability Animation Residency – SAR was set up in cooperation between Schliemann Residency Provence and MIYU Distribution with the help of Do Not Disturb to help amplify the urgency of environmental action with the powerful tools of animation. Situated near Arles, SAR seeks to tap into the unique pool of a world-class animation industry based in and around Arles, and to support their talents in a global context.

2021 Coverage

The Sustainability Animation Residency - SAR is launching its first and inaugural open call for submissions.

During the six week residency, the winner and chosen director will be able to develop a short film project tackling environmental topics in Computer Generated Image, CGI.

SAR’s objective is to award one of the competing proposals for a ‘Sustainable Short’ touching on any aspect of the environment such as climate change, endangered oceans, resource scarcity, future of food and agriculture, future cities, energy supply, mobility, species diversity, waste management, pollution, health, sustainable fashion and any other suitable topics.

The director will have the opportunity to engage in weekly meetings with animation professionals of the region and will also be invited to present this project at the Annecy Film Festival to secure financial and professional partners with the aim to get the film produced. The SAR Residency covers travel, local transport, accommodation, a Per Diem, as well as a celebratory evening to present the project.

Selected Residents:

- Pauline Gregoire for "Bombus"
- Gabrielle Lissot for "Les Louves"
-Victori Jalabert & Heloïse Courtois for the "Sandwich au poisson"
- Marlijn van Nuenen for "Randhanu River"

PreJury (selects the three finalists): Joana Schliemann, Tony Guerrero, Luce Grosjean, Benoit Berthes Siward and Mathieu Rey

ProJury (selects the SAR Residency winner from the three finalists): Jeanette Jeanenne, the Latin American Independent animation director/producer and co-founder of the GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, CA; Eleanor Coleman, Paris, does acquisitions and development of independent animation films; Maria Finders, Arles, artistic director of Luma Days and co-founder of the Atelier LUMA; Korina Gutsche, Berlin, a public speaker and lecturer, teaches film and media productions how to be sustainable; Niki Mardas, Oxford, Executive Director of Global Canopy, a Think Tank targeting market forces which destroy nature; Richard Wu, Taipei, media entrepreneur and co-founder of indie game developer Seed Studio, counting Sony, Microsoft and the BBC among others as their clients.

Key Dates:

  • 24th November - 10th January 2021 : Submissions
  • 22nd of January 2021 : SAR Shortlist announcement
  • 15th of February 2021 : SAR Winner will be announced
  • 22nd of May -3rd of July 2021 : SAR Residency, St. Remy de Provence
  • 14 - 19th of June 2021 : Presence at Annecy Festival
  • 2nd July 2021 : Presentation of the project at SAR Residence

Application details 2021 (Archive)

To apply you need:

  • A motivation letter about why SAR is important for your project.
  • A synopsis or treatment of your mandatory 3D project, containing a written description of the project, supported by graphics and sketches.
  • The topic of sustainability: intentions, purpose, and possible impact of the project in an environmental context.
  • A mood board and soundscape including musical cues, and ideally some technical notes.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Your Showreel and previous works, including student works.

SAR entails accommodation at an independent studio house on a rural property, a ‘per diem’ for 42 days, travel expenses, a local rental car, a bicycle, an activities budget, as well as a celebratory screening evening and presentation of the project. In its entirety SAR represents a value of about €10k.

The six-week SAR, which also includes a visit and presentation at the Annecy Festival, will give the chosen director the opportunity to develop further the submitted ‘Sustainable Short’ proposal, its content, artistic scope, narrative and graphic research, including:

  • Storyboard
  • Scenario
  • 3D Animation Development, the ‘Synthetic Image



Event Dates

  • From 22 May 2021 to 03 July 2021


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