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 in France, 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 further develop their submitted ‘Sustainable Short’ proposal, its content, artistic scope, narrative and graphic research. The residency will run 22 May – 3 July 2021.
SAR provides 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.
Applicants must be a graduate of a higher education art, film, or animation school and therefore qualify as a director or creative professional with at least one completed/produced audio-visual animation short on their CV. This could either be an independently produced animation film and/or a school graduation film.