(black pr wire) The third session of the Netflix Animation Foundations Program, a mentorship initiative that expands access for underrepresented talent to compete for entry-level roles in animation, is open.

The company has partnered with Black ‘N Animated, an organization working on career growth and empowerment for black students and professionals in the animation industry. They will identify up to 50 participants for the session.

The program is divided into six tracks: art and visual development, storyboarding, writing, CG/VFX, production management and an informational track that covers part of all these disciplines. All tracks are run virtually and run for four months.

Participants are matched with a mentor from Netflix Animation, where they receive advice on the industry, their careers, and guidance on editing and curating portfolios, writing samples and resumes. Mentees are also invited to lectures on the animation pipeline to help them prepare to apply for internships, training and apprentice programs, or entry-level positions in the animation industry.

Netflix’s first session had 74 mentees chosen by the nonprofits Latinx in Animation and Exceptional Minds, where participants have gone on to be interns at Nickelodeon Studios and Dreamworks, character designers at Marvel and Freelancers at Disney Television. The program’s second session ran with 52 mentees sourced from Illuminative and Veter- ans in Media & Entertainment.

Applications are available online at blacknanimated.com.

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