Spark Animation Grant

The LXiA Spark Animation Grant is designed to uplift Latinx animation filmmakers. With the sponsorship and support of Netflix, LXiA offers a $10,000 USD grant towards the production of an original animated short film. As part of the program, the films have a special screening at LALIFF.

The winners of the inaugural year of the grant are:

“Back to Normal”

Directed by Cecilia de Jesus
Cecilia is a Filipina/Mexican-American animator and motion graphics designer based in Los Angeles. Her 2D animated short film “Back To Normal” explores themes of mental health during the pandemic.

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Directed by Anthony Gallego
Anthony is an animator based in New York. “Urie” a 2D animated short dives headlong into subjects of death and grief.

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