The Sustainability Animation Residency – SAR was set up 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. 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 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:
SAR allows the required time and space to create and complete the application file and present it as an international industry standard animation film pitch to target producers, finance partner/s as well as other creative talents at the Annecy Festival with the guidance of Miyu Distribution. Travel, accommodation and organisation of the Annecy visit will be the sole responsibility of Miyu Distribution.
The director will also have the chance to engage with local mentors and institutions in weekly sessions arranged by Miyu Distribution to discuss and reflect on critical points of the project.
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.
Any technical equipment such as PCs and/or LT should be the property of, and supplied by, the Resident themselves.
A shortlist of the three best proposals will be compiled and announced by the ‘PreJury’ by early-December. The SAR Winner will be voted from the shortlist by the ‘ProJury’ and publicised at a press conference in January.
Eligibility and requirements: