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Behind the Scenes
Why Did You Participate in Amaze?

We’re looking for talented young animators!

Do you have talent and aspire to be one of the best young animators in the world?

Do you get excited by the possibility of using your art for a great cause?

Do you want to help youth (ages 10 to 14) learn about puberty, body image, healthy relationships and consent while entertaining them with your craft?

Our videos are amazing, can you make us better?

The AMAZE team is seeking animators who are interested in taking on the challenge of creating films for this project in the future. AMAZE is seeking young animators (and professionals) who are interested in reinventing Sex Ed for kids with innovative, interesting and fun videos. Each animator will be paired with subject matter experts and will be mentored by other top animators along the way.

Videos will be published first in the United States and then in other countries around the world. In addition to fame and glory, if selected you will receive $5,000 to help pay for the production of your video. Plus, if we publish your video, you will automatically be entered into a competition for the annual AMAZE Best New Animation Award of $15,000! AMAZE videos are published under the Creative Commons license, with credit given to the animator.

Concept

AMAZE is a collaboration between Advocates for Youth, Answer, and Youth Tech Health working to create an engaging, age appropriate, online sex education resource for young adolescents. While focused towards youth, it is also designed to help facilitate parents and teachers having a healthy discussion with adolescents about these important but sensitive subjects.

Goal

We are in the process of creating 30 videos on different sexual health topics. We have been working with a number of young animators and are looking to partner with up to 10 additional animators for our second phase of animations. The selected animators would work closely with the production team to create storyboards and rough cuts before going into full production. We are looking for young animators who are interested to use their talent to educate 10-14 year olds. Their work should be creative, colorful and fun and incorporate educational information along with humor to keep our young target audience engaged.

The selected animators will be invited to produce short original animations on a specific topic area in conjunction with a subject matter expert. Each animator will receive a stipend of $5000 and be entered into a contest to win an additional $15,000. Prize winning animators have the opportunity to be funded to create ongoing animation projects in their unique animation style.

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