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NEF Animation: International Residency for Animated Films

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
01 April 2020 - 30 April 2020
Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France
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2020 Call For Applications

The International Residency for Animation Films allows authors to immerse themselves one month into their work without caring about material constraints in a peaceful and inspiring atmosphere and enable them to meet and exchange with other artists in residency.

The residency is for authors with a project of short, medium or full lentgh animated films; or with a project of animated film in new or hybrid formats : artistic installation, virtual reality, transmedia, video-mapping, TV series or TV special, animated documentary, etc.

The residency applies particularly to projects at the stage of research, pre-development or writing (scenario, graphism, music...).At the end of the residency, no result or restitution is asked. The work realized stays the property of the author who owns totally its moral and patrimonial rights without any cession or remuneration to the Abbey of Fontevraud or to NEF Animation who have no right to change or intervene on the resident work.

However, the author must commit oneself in referring to the Fontevraud residency and to NEF Animation on every film or creation coming directly or indirectly from his time spent in residency (logos and reference to add in the credits)

The residency lasts one month.In 2020, there will be two residency periods :•

  • from the 1st to the 30th of April 2020
  • from the 1st to the 30th of October 2020

The selectees will be split between one or the other of these two residency periods, according to the accomodation capacity and the wishes formulated at the time of their application.The selectees are given a creation grant of 1200 euros.The travelling expenses are reimbursed on the basis of a price schedule calculated proportionally to the distance between home and the Abbey of Fontevraud.

The residents are housed at the Abbey. Laundry and an equipped kitchen are at their disposal. The bedrooms are individual. The kitchen and living-room are shared. The residents also have access to a garden, the monument and a shared workshop of 100m² (with no equipment).


The application files must be composed of  one main digital file (10 Mb max) with

  • a cover letter (justifying the necessity of a residency period within the project process)
  • the author’s availability in April 2020, October 2020, or for both residency periods
  • the presentation of the project that will be developed during the residency at Fontevraud
  • some visual elements and graphic research
  • a Curriculum Vitae or Resume (with your home adress)and an annex
  • a portfolio of your work (10 Mb max)
  • your previous films (in digital format or available online)

The candidates’ selection will be made by a jury composed of animated films professionals : authors, teachers, producers etc. The candidates’ nationality and the animation techniques will not be selection criterion. The help or participation of a future producer is not necessary. Applications must be submitted by the author of the project. Applications submitted by two authors working in pairs can be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered

Applications have to be submitted before November 4th, 2019 (jury decision in December 2019)

About the organizers:

NEF Animation is a francophone platform for professionals dedicated to the writing of and about animated film. Among its missions, NEF Animation supports the writing and the creative research in the field of animated film by developping artist residency programs that encourage international mobility

The International Residency for Animated Film sis hosted and co-produced by the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is one of the most important sites of the Loire valley. The monument is now a Cultural Encounter Centre: a place for creation, cultural spreading and international exchanges.Fontevraud is hosting animated film authors in residency since 2006



Event Dates

  • From 01 April 2020 to 30 April 2020
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