Sony Talent League by THU finalists announced
Sony Group Corporation (Sony) and THU have announced the three finalists for the second edition of the Sony Talent League by THU, a global challenge that supports young creators around the world and aims to uncover the next generation of creative minds in the world. digital entertainment industry.
Submissions were received from countries including the United States; Japan; Uganda; China; Portugal; Costa Rica; Lebanon; South Korea; and Germany; the projects included work in animation, games, virtual reality, film and music.
The finalists are:
Knowhere, United States (Elizabeth Dix & Gracie Dix, USA):
- The animated show 6-11 follows Mosi Morgan, an 11-year-old black Pakistani NBP New Yorker, as he leaves New York City for his mother’s secret hometown, Knowhere, where everyone is considered a world expert in his field. Mosi must find out how an ordinary child like him can fit in with so many extraordinary citizens.
Carmela, a life of freedom (Paula Bonaval, Spain):
- The documentary film combining VFX with science and social activism. It will tell the story of Carmela, who was diagnosed with a rare variant of Alzheimer’s disease called PCA, a disease with visuospatial limitations that prevented her from recognizing faces or performing most basic tasks.
- By using different visual effects to describe specific symptoms, the project will help families and healthcare workers understand how a person with PCA sees the world.
Britannia family (Jide Johnson, UK):
- A 2D animated adult comedy concept television follows the story of 18-year-old British-born Nigerian tech genius Edward Johnson and his journey through the British equivalent of Silicon Valley.
- The project aims to address the problem of the representation of intelligent male protagonists of African heritage.
The finalists were selected by the audience, who voted for their favorite among the top 10 previously selected semi-finalists. The top 10 finalists were selected by the panel of mentors which included Shuzo John Shiota, President and CEO of Polygon Pictures; Shuhei Yoshida, Indies Initiative Manager for Sony Interactive Entertainment; Sally Slade, chief engineer at Magnopus; David Prescott, senior vice president of creative production; Kara Oropallo, animation production director, consultant and trainer; Scot Stafford, composer, sound supervisor and producer; Kevin Young, head of creative technology at London studio The Mills; and Saraswathi Balgam, writer, director and creative producer.
Finalists will receive 10 weeks of mentoring from the industry’s leading creators, receive funding of up to € 10,000 per submission, and be awarded a full ride to the next THU event (admission ticket, travel , accommodation and catering) with the possibility of presenting their project.
Source: Sony Talent League
Debbie Diamond Sarto is Associate Editor-in-Chief at Animation World Network.