BBC Ignite Now open for submissions to uncover the best of UK animation talent

BBC Ignite is open for applications for fresh, bold and innovative new animation ideas

Submissions open Thursday 15 November 2023 to Thursday 8 February 2024 at 2pm


Our brief

Building on the success of the first BBC Ignite animation programme we’re once again looking for fresh, bold and innovative TV series ideas for a fully funded development opportunity.

Successful creators will receive funding to co-develop their idea in partnership with us, developing it into an industry standard proof of concept which we will then consider for a potential commission.

We’re looking for submissions from sole creators over the age of 18, collectives, animation studios, production companies or anything in-between, where creatives would like to co-develop with us rather than engage with the BBC via the usual commissioning process.

You may be taking your first steps into animation, be a long-standing industry professional with something you’ve always wanted to explore, or a production company or animation studio with an exciting new idea. Whatever your level of experience, we want to see your proposal.

We’re looking for UK-centric ideas that appeal to children of all ages with living breathing characters in a world that children will love. We’re interested in ideas that demonstrate originality, innovation, with a potential to run to multiple series, which will engage UK children from different socio-economic and ethnical backgrounds, but with international appeal, relatable storytelling and recognisable characters. Central to any idea must be that the stories, settings and characters represent the UK’s culture and values.

Our second BBC Ignite programme reaffirms our continued commitment to develop the UK animation industry, support UK creative talent and uncover the UK’s next animation hit.

How to submit ideas

We ask for one A4 page that shows us the heart of the idea.

This is a summary of your idea that showcases your voice and the vision for the series. You may consider including descriptions of the overall concept, the central character(s), the tone and themes, the world, an overview of the story or a typical episode and the target age range (0-3, 4-6, 5-7, 7-9, 10+). Your submission can include both written and visual elements.

The idea must be submitted as a pdf document via the BBC Uploader website on a single side of A4. Please note that you must not include any personal information (name/company name) on the one page submission. Please note, we will not accept ideas via email or BBC Pitch.

Each creator, collective, production company or animation studio can submit up to three ideas.

Find out more here. 

Deadline: 8 February 2024

Source: BBC Writers

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