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Native American Media Alliance

The Native American Media Alliance announced today they are accepting applications for the 4th Annual Native American Animation Lab taking place Dec 5th–9th, 2022. This year’s lab is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Sony Pictures Animation.

“This program has proven to be a genuine training ground for Native Americans seeking to break into animation.” Announced Ian Skorodin, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Director of Strategy for the Native American Media Alliance. “Several fellows have developed new animation projects, completed ongoing animation films and found staffing positions on Native American animated series.”

Applications are now open for the 4th Annual Native American Animation Lab.

Applications are now open for the 4th Annual Native American Animation Lab.

The Native American Animation Lab is an intensive workshop that develops Native American writers, filmmakers and artists with a current animation project. This lab is designed to offer new access for Native Americans interested in exploring careers in animation.

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All participants chosen for the lab will workshop an animation project through one-on-one mentoring, group sessions and peer workshops. The program concludes with an intensive pitching session for each participant before a panel of animation creative executives. The purpose of the lab is to further develop the skills of the writers and prepare them for employment in the industry.

This is an in-depth workshop for Native Americans who have a script, treatment, animated film, original comic book, or visual materials they want to develop into an animated television series or feature film.

The Native American Animation Lab was created in accordance with the Native American Media Alliance mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native Americans employed in all facets of the media industry. 

The Native American Animation Lab early deadline to apply is October 3rd, 2022, regular deadline is October 17th, 2022, and final deadline October 31st, 2022. For more information and for the application, please visit

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