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LA Skins Fest

The LA Skins Fest, a Native American film festival, announced today they are accepting applications for the 2ND ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN VIRTUAL ANIMATION LAB taking place Dec 7th - 11th, 2020.

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 breaking into animation.

“We are excited to open our applications for the groundbreaking Native American Animation Lab. Our 2019 program was an incredible success and showed the great potential and talent within our community of artists. We intend to grow that opportunity and push our people to the forefront of entertainment.” announced Ian Skorodin (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), CEO, Barcid Foundation.

The Second Annual Native American Virtual Animation Lab Call is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal.

The Second Annual Native American Virtual Animation Lab Call is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal.

The LA SKINS FEST will invite seven promising Native Americans to a multi-day, animation workshop in early December, 2020. All participants chosen for the lab will workshop one animation project through one-on-one mentoring, group sessions and peer workshops. The program will conclude with an intensive pitching session for each participant. 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, a treatment, animated film, an 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 LA Skins Fest’s 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 9th, 2020, regular deadline is October 23rd, 2020 and late deadline November 6th, 2020. For more information and to submit please visit

The LA Skins Fest is a Native American arts initiative that offers an annual film festival now entering it’s fourteenth year and year round development opportunities for emerging Native American actors, writers, and directors. The LA Skins Fest is a project of the Barcid Foundation; a non-profit organization that focuses on multimedia programming in indigenous communities.

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