We have two commission opportunities currently available:

1: Puppet Masters Animation Commissions

2: Loom Magazine Artist-Writer Collaboration Commission (scroll down for full details)


CIT (Creative Industries Trafford) is now accepting applications from animators, artists using animation, writers and character designers based in the UK to collaborate on an exciting new animation project. This call out is part of our Puppet Masters Animation Programme, supported by Arts Council England.

The Opportunity

CIT and the Cosgrove Hall Film Archive at Waterside are excited to provide three short film commissions for artists, writers and makers working in animation. This project seeks to develop the Cosgrove Hall Films Archive as a 'living archive' that inspires new work from animators. We're seeking proposals for new short films with original characters and storylines that respond to techniques and materials from within the Archive.

What’s On Offer

  • Three commissions of £2000 each to creative partnerships that feature a collaboration between artists such as animators, artists & makers using animation, writers and character designers (your project doesn't need to include all these disciplines but it does need to feature a creative collaboration).

  • Free places at masterclasses on animation, direction and character design as part of our Puppet Masters Animation Programme

  • One-to-one advice from top directors, characer designers and animators.

  • Mentoring support from our lead artist.

  • Exclusive access to the Cosgrove Hall Films Archive and advice sessions with our Archive Manager

  • Successful productions will be screened at Waterside as part of our Puppet Masters Animation Programme events.

To Apply

If you are a writer, artist working with animation or animator, please submit a brief concept for a short film.  If you are a character designer, please submit designs for a new character. We do not need detailed treatments, shot lists or scripts at this stage, only a brief concept and initial designs.

You must include details of your creative partnership to go with your proposal. The lead applicant should complete this form and provide brief details of their collaborators below. Please fill out the form before Friday 21st June, midday. 


Q. Can I submit 2D animation ideas?

  1. Yes. Both 2D and 3D ideas welcome.

Q. Can I apply as an individual?

  1. Yes. At this point, the idea is important and you can make a proposal as an individual. We do encourage you to think about who you would like to collaborate with and whether you need help from us to source collaborators.

Q. Can I send visuals/concept art at this stage?

  1. This is not essential, but please feel free to send anything you consider being useful for your application.  

Q. How can my project respond to the archive?

  1. Your original idea for the project can respond to the archive as little or as much as you wish.

Send your character designs and any questions about the commission opportunity to animation.waterside@gmail.com, including your name and project title.

Please Note

You can also apply as a writer and director or director and character designer, wishing to collaborate together. Please specify on form below.


Lead applicant name *
Lead applicant name
Enter phone number here
Where are you based?
Your role *
Please tick at least one of the boxes below to describe your role in this project.
If your role is not covered above
Please provide web links or short descriptions for any previous work in animation / film or video content.
Please provide the title and a short synopsis of your idea (250 words max). Send any related images to us at animation-waterside@gmail.com making sure to include your name and project title in the email.
Please provide the names and specialism of your collaborators on your proposal. Add any web links here too.


CIT invites text & art submissions from collaborations between writers & artists for publication in Loom Magazine, our limited edition publication celebrating new creative works.

We are looking for submissions on the theme of 'sequences' - for inspiration purposes only, this could be interpreted as repetition, duplication, mutation or variation. We are very happy for artists to interpret the theme in unique and original ways.

Three contributions will be selected for publication in the September 2019 issue of Loom, with collaborators awarded £500 to be shared beween each collaborating team.


  • Each collaboration should be between a writer and visual artist.

  • For each submission, the text should be no more than 500 words 

  • For each submission, there should be no more than three pieces of visual work.

  • Text can be short / micro fiction, poetry or prose

  • Visual art components can be photography, illustration or fine art.

  • Only one submission per collaboration is permitted.

  • Collaborators can be based anywhere in the UK.

  • Text and visual pieces must be previously unpublished.

  • The purpose of this opportunity is to support collaborations, so submissions must come from partnerships rather than an individual

  • We encourage different mediums but for publication images need to be in digital format or scanned prior to submission

  • There is no submission fee.

  • Deadline for applications is Friday 28th June 2019 at 5pm. Submissions after this time will not be accepted.

  • The selectors decision is final, no correspondence can be entered into regarding unselected entries.

  • Winning commissions will be notified by Friday 5th July 2019.

  • Awards will be made prior to publication. Works will be published in September 2019 to coincide with the Northern Lights Writers Conference at Waterside in Mancheser on 21st September 2019.

  • Send your submission to cit@watersidearts.org - please ensure your images total no more than 5MB. We will request hi-res versions of images prior to publication.

This opportunity is funded by Arts Council England as part of CIT's Northern Lights Writers' Programme.

CIT is the artist development initiative based at Waterside in Sale, Manchester. CIT supports fair fees and copyright retention for artists.