The International Residency for Animated Films

The International Residency for Animated Films

NEF Animation is a francophone plateform for professionals dedicated to the writing of and about animated film. NEF Animation is a place of reflection on animation as an art form, a place of resources for research and studies, a place of convergence for initiatives and a place for developing projects and actions. 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 Films is hosted and coproduced 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.

The International Residency for Animated 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. Authors can apply with any personal projects of short, medium or full length animated films. Project of animated film in new or hybrid formats (artistic installation, virtual reality, transmedia, video-mapping, TV series or TV special, animated documentary, etc.) are also accepted.

This residency program receives the financial support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, through the «Odyssée» program of the Association of Cultural Encounter Centres (ACCR). It is also supported by the French Region Pays de la Loire, the French Ministry of Culture, the CNC and the SACD.

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 livingroom are shared. The residents also have access to a garden, the monument and a shared workshop of 100m² (with no equipment).

Foreign applicants (from any nationality except for French one) who live abroad (any country except for France) have to apply before November 4th, 2019. The application must be sent in one digital file (10 MB max):

  • a cover letter (justifying the necessity of a time dedicated to writing 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 CV/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)