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Realise your experimental animation short film

Cornerhouse, Mackinnon & Saunders and Vision + Media are offering emerging animators from the region, professional and amateurs alike, the unique chance to bring to life their ideas for an experimental animation film.

Not only will you get the chance to see your film through production and distribution but you will have an invaluable opportunity to develop your professional practice with the help, advice and feedback from the team at Mackinnon and Saunders and Cornerhouse, and their extensive network of contacts.

MacKinnon & Saunders Ltd is a Manchester based animation company known for their work with Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. Depending on your professional development needs you will be mentored through the process by one of the company’s experienced producers.

Deadline for entries: Fri 17 june, 17:00


We aim to

  • produce a high quality short animation experimental film
  • provide the commissioned animator with valuable professional development.

This scheme is not about learning how to animate. Although you may have the opportunity to discover and experience different animation techniques, you must feel confident you have the technical ability / sufficient experience of your technique to realise your film.


  • You can use any animation technique from drawing, to model animation, CGI and everything in between.
  • This is a commission for an experimental animated short film. It can be experimental in technique, subject or story telling.
  • The film must be no longer than 10 minutes. When thinking about the length of your film, bear in mind how long a piece of work your chosen animation technique allows you to produce within the time frame; the film must be finished by December 2011.
  • Your film is an original idea, not an adaptation of existing material


  • You are an emerging animator based in Lancashire, Cheshire or Greater Manchester (i.e you have a current address in Greater Manchester, Cheshire or Lancashire)
  • You will have practiced animation for at least 3 years but you are not necessarily making a living out of your animation practice. You can be self taught.
  • You have not had more than three of your own animated short films commissioned (but you may use animation in your job; for instance you may be doing architectural animation for an architectural firm)
  • You must feel confident and demonstrate in your application that you have sufficient experience of the technique you are planning to use in your film to realise it without external technical help.
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