Animation TV series concept & scriptwriting course: April 20 - July 3, 2020

The course also includes a week in the Annecy international animated film festival and market in France.

Thanks to the support of the Europe Créative MEDIA programme, since 2004, la Poudrière animation film-directing school has offered an 11-week scriptwriting training course which is open to European animation professionals and graduate students:
- first part (3 weeks): writing the script for a TV special
- second part (7 weeks): producing a TV series concept.

Location: Valence, France

No. of participants: 10-12
Main trainers: Marine Lachenaud & David Sauerwein, Philippe Traversat & John Chambers
Main partners: Cartoon (Cartoon Forum), Belgium; The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark
Registration fee: 1000€ (scholarships possible for non-French E.U participants (tuition fee/accommodation)
Deadline for application: March 20, 2020
Contact: Annick Teninge: + 33 (0)4 75 82 08 08 –

Training objectives
Each group of 3 to 4 participants work together on creating a concept for a TV series and a TV special based on a children’s book, in partnership with books publishers. Course participants can work from a variety of works selected for their visual presentation and narration (their potential, as a story, to be told in multiple episodes). Projects may be developed in either French or English.
Each course participant plays an active role in presenting their project in front of a jury of about fifty European industry professionals: book authors & publishers, illustrators, writers, directors, producers and broadcasters. The jury judges projects on their artistic merit, innovativeness and economic feasibility. These pitch sessions provide the participants with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their work in front of the full spectrum of decision-makers from the animation industry.
Target group
European animation graduates and professionals who have technical experience in the fields of graphic design, animation, story-board or lay-out and who would like to focus upon a career in film-making, and more specifically in TV projects.

The teaching methodology is that of a supervised project. The working brief is given to participants as a group, following which each course participant or group benefit from individual supervision by each of the trainers. Supporting this working project are around 20 international industry professionals. They are involved with the group as a whole, offering the benefit of their own professional experience and are open to Q & A sessions. Alternating between individual and group work offers both the potential to benefit from a core training programme and to develop each participant’s own aptitudes and skills/knowledge base.


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