CONGRATULATIONS JANUARY 2021 IACA ARTIST
MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, CELIA TEWEY!
Click here to learn about grant winner, Emily Strong.
Congratulations to Tewey on a successful grant application!
The following is her grant proposal:
I am a producer and visual artist attending New York University with a passion for animation and films with powerful stories. I love bringing visual projects to life, whether it is photography, filmmaking, or animation. I have been animating and bringing small projects to life since I was about 13 years old (almost 8 years), and I really want to challenge myself to create something bigger with a larger budget and team. While I love photography, filmmaking, and animation on my own, my passion lies in producing. I love bringing teams together, writing and creating stories, coordinating logistics, marketing, and delivering new content.
For the past 2 years, I have been writing a script for a short 5-8 minute animation called "Bear" that tells the story of a young girl named Mila along her development and struggle with depression, which is represented by a large, physical bear. The film aims to be a visual representation of mental illness, specifically depression, and the silent toll it can take on a young person. The film is meant to be colorful, engaging, personal, and eye-opening, providing a new take on a metaphor for mental illness and a way to open up the conversation with children. I hope to be able to share my personal story and make an impact on others in the process.
Grant funds will be used primarily to help me pay for professional animation craft to make this story really come to life. I will be working with a team of talented animators and I would like to be able to pay them their full rates for their incredible work. Funds will also go to scoring, voice acting, concept art, and marketing in order to get the story out there.
As an aspiring producer, I love bringing projects to life and gathering teams together to create projects that share fulfilling and important stories. I hope to collaborate with musicians, storyboard artists, animators, voice actors, and other creatives both inside and outside of New York University to make this project a team effort, and I hope to be able to compensate them for their hard work accordingly.