Netflix Launches Animation Mentorship Program

Netflix Launches Animation Mentorship Program

Netflix is launching the Netflix Animation Foundations Program, a four-month mentorship program for early creatives looking to break into the animation industry. The Program launches in September with a first intake of artists, who come from the Latinx and neurodiverse communities.

The in-house animation studio will mentor young artists, cand it helps develop Latinx talent in the industry, and Exceptional Minds, which provides digital arts education for the autistic community. their goal is to build equity and access to underrepresented early creatives, giving them an opportunity to bring their unique and varied stories to the animation space.

Program participants will be matched to a mentor from Netflix Animation Studio.During four months, the mentees will receive mentorship on the industry, career advice, and guidance with editing and curating professionally-styled portfolios, writing samples, or resumes.

For the Fall 2021 launch of this program, Netflix has partnered with LatinX in Animation and Exceptional Minds to identify candidates from the Latinx and neurodivergent communities.

LatinX in Animation (LXiA) represents a diverse group within the animation, VFX and gaming industries dedicated to uniting a talented pool of innovators with a heart to create exceptional stories across multiple platforms. They do so by organizing activities and events focused on networking, camaraderie, community service, education, communication and professional development. LXiA provides the resources necessary to promote and further develop Latinx creatives and decision-makers in the animation, VFX and gaming industries.

Exceptional Minds (EM) is the only autism education organization that provides technical instruction in the digital arts while fully integrating behavioral training into the curriculum. EM has a three-year, full-time Professional Training Academy that is unique in that it combines the skills of artists, instructors, technicians, and behaviorists into a completely articulated curriculum based on idiographic, empirically validated principles of instructional design.

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