Sponsored by Netflix and produced by Triggerfish, the Story Artist Lab builds on the success of their Mama K’s Team 4 all-female writers lab, which saw nine African women placed in the writing room for the first animated Netflix series from Africa.

The Next African Story Artists

The purpose of the Story Artist Lab is to find talent and upskill the next generation of Story Artists for the African animation industry.

The Lab positions will be awarded to young citizens of an African country who show outstanding potential in the creative arts and visual storytelling.

“Story artists translate screenplays into animatics, the loose first version of the movie that then shapes every step of animation that follows,” says Tendayi Nyeke, Triggerfish’s Zimbabwean-born development executive.

“So having skilled story artists from the continent in control of how their stories are told is a gamechanger, not only in grooming the next African directors but also in giving pre-production artists the opportunity to establish their own voice as they bring African stories to life.”

Triggerfish is calling for entries for a pan-African Story Artist Lab.

Triggerfish is always looking for great visual storytellers and this opportunity will put the selected participants on their radar for many more opportunities on great African projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Anyone with a love of storytelling, film, and visual language.
  2. The Lab is targeted at experienced and inexperienced storyboard artists. There will be multiple tracks within the Lab for different experience levels.
  3. Applicants must be citizens of a country on the continent of Africa and women are specifically encouraged to apply.
  4. Knowledge of Photoshop (or similar) is a requirement.
  5. Applicants may upload a storyboarding portfolio (if you have one), but all applicants must do the Storyboarding Test.
  6. Matriculated school leavers and older may apply.

The Story Artist Lab Programme

  1. The Story Artist Lab is a paid skills development programme.
  2. The Story Artist Lab is made up of 2x 6 week Phases. Selected artists will do Phase 1 after which there is a reduced number of artists that move to Phase 2.
  3. PHASE 1 runs from 2 August – 10 September 2021PHASE 2 runs from 13 September – 23 October 2021.
  4. Selected artists will be required to be available for daily and weekly sessions and training.
  5. Remote working is encouraged.

Application closes 23 July 2021.

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