Streaming giant Netflix in Japan is offering full scholarships to people, foreigners included, who are aspiring to become anime animators in the hopes of releasing more original anime content in the near future.
WIT Studio, best known for working on the first three seasons of Attack on Titan, has founded the WIT Animator Academy wherein students will be able to enroll in a six-month course, with classes held five days a week, to learn the ins and outs of the industry under the guidance of various creators and artists across the country, including Studio Ghibli veteran Hitomi Tateno who has worked on several hit movies like “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.”
The best part is that once the students complete their course, they will be immediately hired as subcontracted animators for a Netflix original anime to be produced by WIT or its sister studio Production I.G.
The program will be held at the Sasayuri Video Training Institute in Tokyo. However, slots are limited and only 10 people will be supported for the first batch. Netflix will be paying for their tuition in full as well as their living expenses.
The first course will start in April and end in September this year. Those interested to apply must be between 18 and 25 years old and have graduated from high school no later than March of 2021. Japanese residency is required but non-Japanese citizens are welcome to apply. Applicants also don’t have to be completely fluent in Japanese but must at least be “able to have everyday conversations” in the language.
Applications are open until February 28.
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