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14 March - 7 April 2022

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Made possible with the support of Ffilm Cymru Wales & BFI NETWORK with funding from the National Lottery.

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We've teamed up with Biggerhouse Film to offer an online mentoring opportunity for six Wales-based new or aspiring neurodivergent animators. The project will run over four weeks in March–April 2022.


The project is open to those who are:

  • new and aspiring animators 

  • aged 18 and over

  • residing in Wales

  • who self-identify as neurodivergent. 


The online mentoring sessions will be led by Biggerhouse Film using zoom. 


Biggerhouse Film have been producing award-winning animations and films for 20 years, and are nominated for a British Animation Award this year. Working with them on this project is longtime collaborator Joff Winterhart, a graphic novelist and BAFTA Cymru-winning animator. 


Over the course of the project, you'll have the chance to develop an idea and get it to animatic stage. 


The mentoring sessions will culminate in:

  • a Different Voices Showcase at Chapter Cinema in Cardiff on Thursday 7 April as part of Cardiff Animation Festival 2022

  • a Different Voices Workshop led by Biggerhouse Film's Stephen Clarke and Hijinx's Dan McGowan, addressing the question: “how can the creative industries benefit from welcoming in neurodiverse talent?”


To apply, please complete a short application form and email it to festival@cardiffanimation.com.


The deadline for sending your application back to us is Thursday 10th March at 5pm.


If you need any help completing your application, please contact Stephen at film@biggerhouse.co.uk.



To apply, you need to be able to use zoom and be available for the following workshop dates:


Monday 14th March (zoom)

10:00 – 11:30 | First group session


Monday 21st March (zoom)

2 hour slot during the day (to be arranged) | First one-to-one mentoring session


Monday 28th March (zoom)

10:00 – 11:30 | Second group session


Monday 4th April (zoom)

2 hour slot during the day (to be arranged) | Second one-to-one mentoring session 


Thursday 7th April (at Chapter, Cardiff):

  • 10:30–12:30 | Different Voices Showcase – a chance to share your work in person and see it on the big screen at Cardiff Animation Festival.

  • 1:30–3:30 | Different Voices Workshop – a creative discussion about how we can break down barriers currently facing neurodivergent animators.