Variety, the Children’s Charity, Launches Animation Competition

One of the UK’s oldest children’s charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, has announced details of a nationwide open competition for UK-based animators.

Inviting entries from all those with a passion for the art-form – whether students, freelances, or established companies – the charity is looking for participants to pitch their ideas for an animation short (under 2 minutes) that best highlights the work the charity does on a daily basis to support sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children throughout the UK.

The winner will take home a prize of £1,000, donated by a sponsor within the film industry, and can look forward to their work being showcased through the charity’s website, in digital communications and at a multitude of live events.

An impressive jury is in place, with the likes of film producer Lord (David) Puttnam; Trevor Green, owner of Entertainment Film, the UK’s largest independent film distributor; Project Chair and production veteran Rod Natkiel; Variety’s 2015 Chief Barker, Jason Lewis; and Pamela Sinclair, Variety’s Chief Barker Elect for 2016, all set to run their eyes over the entrants.

Interested participants are asked to register by November 30th, 2015, with the pitches received by January 15th, 2016. The winner will be announced on February 1st, 2016, with the final animation due to be completed by March 31st, 2016 when it will be launched with a full PR campaign.

Registration and further details can be found at:

Project Chair Rod Natkiel said: “Variety, the Children’s Charity, has a long and proud heritage within the film and entertainment industry, and so an animation short is the ideal outlet to spread the charity’s message. We’re looking for animators who can tell our story in the most imaginative way possible, bringing fresh ideas to engage with audiences of all ages and create a short every bit as exciting as the work we do.”

Variety, the Children’s Charity, is one of the UK’s oldest children’s charities and has supported more than 800,000 sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children since its inception – working under the firm belief that neither disability nor disadvantage should prevent any child from fulfilling his or her full potential.

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