Netflix offers full anime scholarship taught by Studio Ghibli veteran

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Netflix is teaming up with WIT Studio to fully fund 10 anime scholarships.

The streaming giant is looking for 10 talented artists to enrol in a fully-funded six-month course at Tokyo’s Sasayuri Video Training Institute. The scholarship programme, called the Wit Animator Academy, will comprise of classes five days a week, taught by Studio Ghibli veteran Hitomi Tateno. On top of the course fees, some living expenses will also be covered.

Applicants need to be between the ages 18 to 25, and be residing in Japan – though non-Japanese citizens are also welcome to apply. To be eligible, applicants must also have graduated from high school by March this year. Individuals must be “able to have everyday conversations” in Japanese.

Those who complete the course will be retained as subcontracted animators for original Netflix films. The deadline is 28 February, and you can apply here.

WIT is the studio behind films such as Ghost in the Shell and Attack on Titan. Earlier this month, the team behind Studio Ghibli’s forthcoming theme park teased new images of Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke’s village area.