APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR ACE 4
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2024 (by midnight PST)
Nine participants will be selected for the program, one in each of the following key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Art Director / Production Designer, Animation Director, Storyboard Supervisor, Production Manager, Editor and Composer. Over the course of program, the team will complete a short film to gain hands-on experience, as well as receive mentorship and training workshops, including courses in pitching and presenting themselves and/or their projects. At the completion of the film, the participants attend a selected market/conference/festival.
Program Timeline* (approx)
January 31st, 2024: Deadline for applications
February – August 2024: Shortlist: Workshop and Jury Selection
April 2024 – September 2025: Selected Candidates: Short Film Production, Workshops, Mentoring
September 2025 – TBD: Selected Candidates: Attend a market/festival
Who is Eligible to Apply?
- Must be individuals identifying as women or non-binary
- Must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- Must be residents of Canada
- Women of diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous women, women of colour, women with disabilities, LGBTQ+2 women, and non-binary individuals are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply?
Writers should submit a concept for a short film with a maximum length of 5 minutes (outline or script), along with a one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, writing portfolio (maximum 15 pages), and two letters of reference.
Producers should submit a one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, and two letters of reference.
Directors should submit a one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, demo reel and/or portfolio, and two letters of reference.
Art Directors / Production Designers
Art Directors / Production Designers should submit a one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, a portfolio of their work, and two letters of reference.
Animation Directors should submit a one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, a demo reel, and two letters of reference.
Storyboard Supervisors should submit a maximum two-page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, a demo reel or portfolio, and two letters of reference.
Production Managers *** NEW THIS YEAR ***
Producers should submit a maximum one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, and two letters of reference.
Editors should submit a maximum one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, and two letters of reference. Demo reel is optional.
Composers should submit a one page letter of intent (see ‘tips’ below), a resume, a demo reel, and two letters of reference.
Letter of Intent Guidelines:
Your letter of intent should include:
An introduction to yourself, who you are, your experience, and what makes you unique
How your experience prepares you to take on your selected role
Why you want to move into your selected role
Why you want to participate in the program
Why you would be a great candidate
Talk about your passion for animation
Program participants need to commit to participating for the duration of the program. Please note, the program is designed to be done on a part-time basis, and it is understood that participants in the program will likely be balancing full-time jobs and families, alongside the program, and we make every effort to accommodate this. Participants also need to commit to participating in social media efforts for the project and program, and speaking on several panels and/or participating in conferences and workshops set-up by the program. There is no fee to participate in the program, and a small honourarium is provided.
The Selection Process
Participants will be short-listed by a jury of industry professionals. Short-listed candidates will then have an opportunity to attend virtual workshops on pitching yourself and your creative ideas with a pitching coach, and a workshop “Day in the Life of Your Role”, and a session with the ACE 3 predecessor of the role you are applying for, prior to presenting to the jury, who will select the final participant for each category. While we would like to thank everyone for their applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Any questions about the program can be submitted to: email@example.com with the subject heading: Questions
All applicants will receive email confirmation of their application by February 2, 2024. If you do not receive confirmation by then, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to ensure receipt of your application. Thank you.
All applicants will receive notification of receipt of their application by February 2nd.