Animation Contests Seeks Artists With Special Needs

special needs -Flydra Project PassionL.A.-based Flydra Creative is an animation studio launched by a group of young up-and-coming animators. They’ve worked at places like Cartoon Network, studied cinematic arts at USC, been YouTube sensations and won awards.

Now they want to give other young animators – animators of all abilities – a shot at seeing their ideas for a cartoon character and animated series come to life. The studio has launched “Project Passion,” an animation contest for individuals with physical, social, emotional and cognitive disabilities who possess creativity and a passion for cartoons. The idea is to showcase the artistic gifts, creative ideas and talent within the disabled community.

To enter, contestants must submit a drawing of their idea for a cartoon character, along with a brief summary of what their original animated series is about. One grand-prize winner will be selected to have their idea for a cartoon made real by the Flydra animation team.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, one runner-up will get the chance to develop his or her ideas with the Flydra creative team. Winners will be announced April 18. The contest is sponsored by the Academy of Special Dreams, a Pasadena-based organization dedicated to showcasing the creative talents of people with disabilities.

Artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enter. Contest entries are being accepted through April 1. To participate, visit, or stay connected via social media on Instagram @FlydraCreative and on Facebook at

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