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Home > Screenings > UK Animation Digital Pitch 2022 > Winter of the White Bear

Pitchee Name:

Negar Bagheri, Katie Gascoyne and Alison Warner

Winter of the White Bear

Uki, a young bear forced into slavery, finds the courage and ingenuity to outwit her cold-hearted captor and return to her beloved homeland.

Winter of the White Bear, based on the picture book by Martin Ed Chatterton, is a heart-rending, thrilling and emotional family tale that has its roots in the history of slavery, which is as tragically relevant today as it has ever been.

While it is true that the Atlantic Slave Trade was largely abolished in the 1800’s, modern slavery continues across the world to this day. Anti-slavery organisations estimate there are over 60 million people across the planet currently living as slaves.

Inspired by a personal connection, this project will deliver an important truth to a wider, younger audience. This is an opportunity to bring this subject sensitively to a family audience in a way that can be understood on a variety of levels.

We have translated this compelling fable into an immersive animated special that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey of loss, bravery, friendship and, ultimately, hope.

Winter of the White Bear will become a film that will resonate with all ages and help inform a new generation about a difficult and important issue.

Project Information:
Director: Negar Bagheri and Adam Shaw
Producer: Blue Zoo
Partners: Hungry Head Productions
Development stage: Bible, Mood Film, Script - ready to pitch
Planned shooting start: N/A
Shooting location: N/A
Languages: English
Total budget: £3.9 Million
Budget per episode: N/A
Financing already in place: Project is ready to pitch for Mipcom

Looking for from the International Business: Presales from key broadcasters or streamers

Company profile: Founded in 2000, Blue Zoo is one of the UK’s leading animation studios with an enviable client list and a shelf full of BAFTAs and Emmy’s for their trademark character animation. We’ve produced some of the most well-loved kids shows and specials on TV including It’s Pony, Pip and Posy, Superworm, The Adventures of Paddington, Numberblocks, Miffy and Big Tree City (plus many more). Blue Zoo’s passion for their craft has always been at the core of what they do, and that integrity has earned them a worldwide reputation for creating brilliant animation for broadcast, commercials and digital content.

Blue Zoo is also the first major animation studio in the world to receive B Corporation certification.

Contact: Alison Warner
Phone: 07968 128833
Email: [email protected]