Andrew Hicks, BFA ’10, is one of six young Canadian filmmakers, selected from among 146 applicants, to be awarded a 2011 NFB Hothouse Apprenticeship.
Hothouse is a 12-week paid apprenticeship program in real-world animation filmmaking for emerging Canadian artists. Located in Montreal, Quebec, this highly competitive and prestigious program was created in 2003 by NFB Animation Studio producer Michael Fukushima and executive producer David Verrall.
As the Hothouse website explains, the program aims "to re-imagine ways of making animation that are faster, more flexible and that celebrate the shortest of short forms while maintaining creative and technical excellence, all hallmarks of NFB animation."
It goes on to say that Hothouse is designed for "emerging creators from across Canada with the imagination, vision, experience and enthusiasm to relish the Hothouse challenge, to flourish in the Hothouse environment and to accomplish the making of a successful project within the program’s parameters."
Key aspects of Hothouse
include the active participation of an experienced mentoring director, a team of NFB technical and post-production experts who support the filmmakers, and emphasis on the role of the producers as creative partners, all of which highlight the collaborative process of NFB filmmaking.