Open Workshop

Open Workshop is a workshop and artist residency at The Animation Workshop. 

Open Workshop supports both new and experienced talents by providing facilities, housing equipment and financial support for animation and animation-related projects. We also offer workshops, masterclasses and other inspirational activities for animation artists.

Open Workshop offers:

  • Artist residency in Viborg (2-6 months)
  • Materials and equipment
  • Production supervison and planning
  • Portfolio assistance
  • Financial support for Danish animation projects

Ready to apply?

Apply to develop a project

Apply for an artist residency and/or financial support for your project. Before applying, make sure to read about the application procedure below. You can apply to Open Workshop four times a year; the first Friday of February, May, August and November. The next application deadline will be February 3, 2023

Apply for project

Apply to develop a portfolio

Apply to develop your portfolio at Open Workshop. It can be a portfolio to apply for a Danish education within the field of animation or a professional portfolio/ showreel to start your animation carrier. The next application deadline is 5 May 2023.

Apply for portfolio


  • There are four film workshops in Denmark. While the three other workshops mainly focuses on live-action filmmaking, Open Workshop primarily support projects within the realm of animation – including but not limited to animated shorts, tv series, feature-films, gaming, VR, and interactive media.

    Open Workshop functions as an artist residency where both new and more experienced talents can live for a time to work on their personal projects, while also having access to skilled consultants within the animation industry. Open Workshop supports both internal and external projects and discovers original and skilled talents and guides them along their chosen career paths.

    As an artist, you also have the option to apply for a portfolio spot at Open Workshop. These spots are reserved for artist who wish to develop their portfolio in order to apply for a Danish education within the fields of animation, computer graphic arts, graphic storytelling and other visual arts.

    Open Workshop is supported by Filmtalent, which operates under the Danish Film Institute, and by Viborg Kommune.

  • Application Criteria

    To apply you must provide:

    • Additional Info (Application Form)
    • CV (PDF)
    • Project package (PDF)

    You can download our application form marked “Additional info” by clicking the link below. 

    The Project Package should include all materials that will provide us with a clear understanding of your project, to enable us to make a thorough evaluation. Script/treatment, storyboard, budget, schedule, artwork, links, etc. and any other relevant information available should be included. The project package must be gathered into one cohesive PDF before uploading.

    Additional info (Application Form) (ENGLISH)
    Supplerende oplysninger (Ansøgningskema) (DANISH)

    Uploading your application

    Once you have gathered your documents, applications must be uploaded through VIAs online application platform NemStudie, by clicking the applicable Ready to Apply-link at the top of this page. 

    If you have a CPR number, simply use it with NemID to log in. If you do not have a CPR number, just enter your email address. You will receive an email with a link, press the link, choose English at the top right corner, then select “Educational programmes” > “Continuing and further education” and then Search for “Open Workshop” in the top right corner.


    You can apply to Open Workshop four times a year; the first Friday of February, May, August and November.

    For additional info on the application procedure, check out these guidelines

    Application Procedure
    Evaluation Procedure and Criteria

  • When applying for a spot at Open Workshop you can also apply for Open Workshop housing. The housing is located in one of the former barracks and is less than 100 meters from The Animation Workshop/VIA University College. Here you will have your own private room and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities with other Open Workshop residents. Please remember, you are responsible for cleaning up after yourself, when using the shared utilities. When you leave your residency and your room, you will have to clean it, so it is ready for a new artists in residence to arrive. If you are applying to Open Workshop to work on your portfolio housing is unfortunately not available. 

  • A residency at Open Workshop is completely free.

    If you are approved for housing, your room and utilities will also be free during your stay. However, Open Workshop does NOT provide living money or any type of personal cash for
    its resident artists.

    Directors or producers of Danish projects, or projects that are anchored in Denmark through a Danish production company, may also apply for a financial support of up to 20.000 DKK.

  • Open Workshop is financed by The Danish Film Institute to develop primarily Danish animation talent.

    International artist wishing to apply for an Open Workshop residency must be a junior animation professional from whom younger Danish talents can learn and with whom they may collaborate during their stay at Open Workshop, or in future collaborations and coproductions.

    Moving to Denmark

    Open Workshop will be happy to provide you with letters confirming your residency period and status as an artist in residence at The Animation Workshop/VIA University College. You are responsible for acquainting yourself with the rules that apply in relation to your stay in Denmark. For artists from outside Europe, we don’t have resources to take care of VISA. You are very welcome to apply for a 3 Months residency in Open Workshop with a tourist VISA, where no work is required from our site.

    More information:

    Study in Denmark

    Work in Denmark

  • Apply for Quick Support

    If you are currently a resident or supported artist at Open Workshop, you have the option to use our Quick Support, which allows you to extend your residency or apply for minor assistance (materials, equipment, train tickets etc.). Quick Support has no deadline, and can be applied for at any time.

    Apply for quick support here

  • Finishing you project

    When you’ve finished your project at Open Workshop, you must include us in the credits of your project with a version of our logo and the following sentence in either English or the projects chosen language: Supported by The Open Workshop artist residency at The Animation Workshop / VIA University College

    Download logo package (Zip file)


Gry Lindebjerg Director of The Drawing Academy and Visuel HF
  • Gry Lindebjerg

  • Head of Talent and Skills Development Director, Open Workshop
  • T: +45 87 55 49 42
Marie-Louise Højer Jensen
  • Marie-Louise Højer Jensen

  • Production Manager, Open Workshop, Talent and Skills Development
  • T: +45 87 55 49 64
Enara Zabaleta
  • Enara Zabaleta

  • Project Coordinator and Administrator, Open Workshop, Talent and Skills Development
  • T: +45 87 55 49 21

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