The Sustainability Animation Residency (SAR) 2023

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
15 January 2023
Arles, France
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Event Description:

The Sustainability Animation Residency – SAR was set up to help amplify the urgency of environmental action with the powerful tools of animation. Situated near Arles, SAR seeks to tap into the unique pool of a world-class animation industry based in and around Arles, and to support their talents in a global context. SAR’s objective is to award one of the competing proposals for a ‘Sustainable Short’ touching on any aspect of the environment such as climate change, endangered oceans, resource scarcity, future of food and agriculture, future cities, energy supply, mobility, species diversity, waste management, pollution, health, sustainable fashion and any other suitable topics.

2022 Call for entries

Situated near Arles, SAR seeks to tap into the unique pool of a world-class animation industry based in and around Arles, and to support their talents in a global context.

The director will have the opportunity to engage in weekly meetings with either local animation professionals or international coaches online. The SAResidency covers travel, local transport, accommodation, a Per Diem, as well as a visit to the Annecy Animation Festival, and a final presentation at a celebratory evening.

 Applicants must be a graduate of a higher education art, film, or animation school and therefore qualify as a director or creative professional with at least one completed/produced audio-visual animation short on their CV. This could either be an independently produced animation film and/or a school graduation film.


To apply you need:

  • A motivation letter why SAR is important for your project.
  • A synopsis or treatment of your binding project proposal, containing a written description and outline, supported with graphics, and or sketches.
  • The topic of sustainability: intentions, purpose, and possible impact of the project in an environmental context.
  • A mood board and soundscape including musical cues, and ideally some technical notes.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Your Showreel and previous works, including student work

Important dates for applicants: 

  • 1 November - 15 January 2023: Submissions
  • 13 February 2023: SAR Shortlist announcement
  • Mid-March 2023: SAR Winner announcement
  • 20 May – 1 July 2023: SAR Residency, St. Remy de Provence
  • 12 - 16 June 2023: 2 Days at Annecy Festival
  • 30 June 2023: Project Presentation at CinéSAR evening at the Residence

2021 Coverage

Selected Resident

  • Gabrielle Lissot Les Louves


- Pauline Gregoire for "Bombus"
- Gabrielle Lissot for "Les Louves"
-Victori Jalabert & Heloïse Courtois for the "Sandwich au poisson"
- Marlijn van Nuenen for "Randhanu River"


Event Dates

  • 30 June 2023



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