Lab details

A two-week session in which artists form a creative lab environment in collaboration with a veteran from the animation industry and independent artist, TBC,  developing character designs for an animation film and or series.

Primary focus is on understanding and developing workflows and decision-making skills when fleshing out character design ideas based on a story and character profiles.



The lab aims to help to boost development of skills character design skills for animation projects under the guidance of an experienced art director.

We aim to enrich illustrators with such experience to be able to boost their character designs and processes in collaboration with an artist from the animation industry.



The ANOMALIA Story & Art Labs are set up to support the development of high-quality stories as well as characters design and concepts art in the early development phase of animated films. Therefore creative teams can benefit greatly from participating in both labs and boost their project ideas and development.

Taking both labs team project would qualify to get feedback from panel of experts (produces, distributors) since this option is primarily reserved for Story Lab.



There is increasing demand for new original characters to be produced for series, feature films and as cross-media projects. Original stories require original art. Independent artists can also produce their own projects more and more.



Participants should have drawing skills already at an intermediate level and bring their own projects to the lab to boost both their skills, workflows and their projects at the same time.


In order to be eligible for the lab, you need to submit your project idea as a synopsis or character profiles no more than 500 words max. along with your registration. Participants bring their own materials, computers with Photoshop and projects to work on.



  • Portfolio – expertise and experience in the field
  • Priority given to animators and artists
  • Motivational letter
    Emphasis on career motivation and vision
  • Own project
    Participants’ involvement is conditional on their having a project of their own
  • Own creative team
    Teams of at least two or more will receive priority
  • Participation in both Story & Art workshops




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  • Duration
    Summer 2018 (10 days).
  • Mentor
    to be confirmed
  • Skill level
    at least junior and intermediate experience
  • Price
    670 EUR / 17 970 CZK

    Price includes VAT. In case of EUR/CZK exchange rate should change, the fee in EUR is derived from CZK currency.
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