Nickelodeon has launched a global animated shorts program to identify and develop new animation creative talent from around the world, receiving more than 100 submissions from artists, designers, writers, directors and comedians representing more than 20 countries across six continents.
Combined with the more than 900 submissions from the U.S. shorts program, Nickelodeon has received more than 1,000 pitches for its 2013 global shorts program. The final submissions for 2013 were received at the Annecy International Film Festival and finalists from the international program will be announced later this summer.
Fifteen ideas will be chosen from amongst the pitches submitted and will be developed into animated shorts with the potential to air on Nickelodeon channel’s and websites around the globe, as well as the Nick App. In May, Nick U.S. announced its 12 finalists from its 2013 shorts submissions out of over 900 submissions. Once decided, the International finalists will be added to the U.S. submissions for production.
“We know that great creative talent and ideas come from everywhere around the world, and we are committed to finding and cultivating the next generation of creative voices and giving them an opportunity,” said Russell Hicks, President, Content and Development, Nickelodeon. “Opening submissions on a global level brings us more fresh ideas, new characters, concepts and amazingly funny stories to our audiences everywhere.”
Concepts were received in all animation styles, from 2D, digital 2D, stop motion, CG and mixed media, from a broad pool of creative talent. Creators of the final shorts selected will be provided with the necessary artistic and production support teams to help them complete their fully animated original, humor-based and character-driven shorts.