Cartoon Network Latin America and Mexican animation association Pixelatl have named the 10 finalists for their Girl Power: Pitch Me the Future pitching competition.
After receiving 289 original series ideas from up-and-coming female animators and creators across Latin America, the competition organizers have selected eight projects from Mexico and one each from Argentina and Peru as finalists.
These creators will now have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to key Cartoon Network executives at next month’s annual Pixelatl Festival, taking place in Cuernavaca, México from September 4 to 8. (The animation, comic book and video game festival has been running since 2011, and brings together executives, professionals, students and amateurs from all areas of multimedia storytelling in Latin America.)
One talented winner, who will be announced on September 8, will get to develop her project into a series pilot with support from Cartoon Network LatAm and a US$11,000 budget. Once completed, CN will screen the pilot on its channels and web platforms.
The jury for the final pitches consists of industry veterans Hernán La Grega of Cartoon Network Latin America and Jaime Jiménez of Cartoon Network Mexico, as well a pair of artists from CN’s Burbank studio—Kat Morris (Steven Universe) and Hillary Florido (Regular Show).
Here’s a rundown of the 10 finalists and their projects:
Romy Little Apple and Dr. Broccoli - Karen Acosta (Hidalgo, Mexico)
El Circo de los Hermanos (The Circus of the Twin Brothers) – Jesica Yamile Aran (Argentina)
Lisa Estufas (Smooth Stoves) – Daniela and Mariana Delgado (Mexico City, Mexico)
Witchlike (pictured) – Mirelle Ortega Molina (Veracruz, Mexico)
Escuadrón Basura (Garbage Squad) – Jimena Montañez Arica (Peru)
Cuatro Caminos (Four Roads) – Karen Acosta and Ross Marisin (Hidalgo, Mexico)
Useless - Colectivo Xixo (Mexico)
El Bosque Olvidado (The Forgotten Forest) – Madelein Treviño (Nuevo León, Mexico)
Garrido Legacy - Florencia “Ootoro” Torres (Hidalgo, Mexico)
Baddie and Maddie - Julieta Colás (Nuevo León, Mexico)