Talent Programme

With the Talent Programme, APD supports young European producers and creatives from the field of animation who want to realise their own project idea. The aim is to bring newcomers into contact with established experts in the industry. In pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings, the talents receive valuable feedback on their projects and have the chance to convince potential co-production and financing partners of their ideas. Participants receive a free accreditation for APD, which includes:


  • European graduates of universities and film schools with a focus on animation, young professionals and company founders (max. 35 years) can apply.
  • A maximum of 2 people per project can apply to participate.
  • A maximum of eight projects will be selected.
  • The application will only become effective if the submitted project has been selected for participation in the APD 2022.
    The selection will take place on 7 March at the latest

Projects from the fields of film, TV series, TV special, short film, game, cross- or transmedia with potential for the European / international market can be submitted. Hybrid formats of live action and animation are also permitted. Short film projects may be submitted if they are suitable for further development in other formats.

The following information, texts and files are necessary for an application:

  • Basic data on the company incl. company profile or, if individuals are applying, a personal profile (max. 800 characters).
  • Basic project data (title, project participants, formats, genre, animation technique, target group, etc.)
  • Fniancing data (budget, partners)
  • Synopsis (max. 500 characters)
  • Personal comments on the project by the author / director / producer (USP of the project, visual concept, cross- or transmedia strategy etc.) (max. 800 characters)
  • Text “What are we looking for in APD?” (max. 300 characters)

We require all texts and information in English.


  • Photos of the applicants (300 dpi at 3x4cm, jpg or tif).
  • At least 2 illustrations / film stills of the project (without text elements, landscape format,1079 x 685 px; 91 x 58 mm, jpg, RGB, 300 dpi)
  • Filmography of author, director, head of animation (if already determined)
  • Track record of the company (not if individuals apply)

The selected participants will receive tips and suggestions for the presentation of their projects in the one-on-one meetings and will be accompanied by an experienced APD curator during the event.

The jury will decide on the allocation of the 8 projects in the Talent Programme no later than 7 March 2022.
Criteria for selection are creativity, innovation, potential for brand development, market potential, suitability and openness for co-productions. Projects that convincingly integrate topics such as sustainability and diversity receive special consideration.

Deadline for Application
21 February 2022