Netflix and French animation school Gobelins are partnering to bring new bring new voices to the fore with a post-graduate fellowship and scholarship programs.
The Netflix Animation Fellowship will allow one Gobelins graduate to work with animation experts in Japan each year, developing Netflix original anime titles. The post-graduate program is designed to deepen the technical and creative skills of participants, and comes as Netflix continues to expand its anime offerings. The fellowship’s first winner is France’s Claire Matz, who began studying at Gobelins in 2015.
Additionally, Netflix is funding scholarships to send students from all over Africa to study at Gobelins as part of the school’s master of arts in character animation and filmmaking program. The Character Animation Scholarship will provide funding for up to 10 students each year over four years, and the first recipients will be named in September.
Earlier this year, Netflix furthered its commitment to diverse storytelling and artistic styles when it ordered two new kids series—The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia and City of Ghosts (pictured)—from Latin American and Japanese American creators, respectively. In April, the streamer signed a deal to collaborate with South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios and UK distributor CAKE on its first African animated global original Mama K’s Team 4.