The link for the contest is here: www.bit.ly/SPCanimation

And here’s some info about the lecture:

The guest lecture is Esteban Valdez of Echo Bridge Pictures.
Esteban is an Award Winning classically trained artist and animator with over 12-plus years of experience producing and directing music videos, commercials, episodic programming for television and the internet. A prominent animation filmmaker, Esteban has produced work for high-profile companies such as Nickelodeon, Universal Music Group, McKinney, and Edelman on some of the world’s most respected brands such as the NBA, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Nationwide.

He is the founder of Echo Bridge, creator of Mike & Wayne, PetrolFAME and contributing writer for Script-to-Screen: Echo Bridge’s online publication on art and business.

The lecture is open to the public. Here Esteban will be discussing the animation industry as a whole and the characteristics needed to succeed in it. The workshop is exclusively for handpicked students who show a great deal of passion and hunger to learn. There are roughly 24 seats available in this workshop. In the workshop Esteban will be going over fundamentals in animation, production techniques and methods, how to best utilize your time and space to propel animation forward.

Founded in 2010, Echo Bridge Pictures is an award-winning traditional animation studio located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Focusing on animated film, documentaries, commercials and music videos, Echo has consistently held high-profile clients such as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, FOX, FX, PBS, BBC, YTV and worked with agencies such as Universal Music Group, McKinney and Edelman.