Nicktoons Film Festival Calls for Entries

Hot on the heels of a successful first season, The Nicktoons Film Festival is coming back to introduce viewers to a whole new batch of rarely seen animated shorts from independent filmmakers and well-known toon studios. Co-produced by Frederator Studios, the series has been renamed Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival and is now open to entries from around the world.

Animated films 10 minutes in length or shorter will be accepted through June 17. Entry forms can be downloaded on www.nicktoons.com. Submitted shorts will be chosen by a pre-selection jury to air on Nicktoons beginning in August. A grand jury will then select a grand prize winner to receive $10,000. New this year is an online component allowing viewers to log-on and vote for their favorite films.

Last season’s big winners, Mark Simon and Travis Blaise of Orlando, Fla., snatched the $10,000 purse for Timmy’s Lessons in Nature, a 2D short that humorously illustrates the wrong ways to behave in the great outdoors.

For Welcome to My Life, a hand-drawn, black-and-white look at the misunderstood lives of monsters, California Institute of the Arts student Elizabeth Ito won the 2004 Nicktoons Producers’ Choice Award and a copy of Bauhaus Software’s Mirage.

Mark Simon tells how his five-year-old Timmy won the grand prize in the April issue of Animation Magazine, available now by subscription and at Barnes & Noble locations.