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The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival

Prizes For Nicktoons Network Animation Festival

August 13th, 2007

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Nicole Mitchell receiving the first of her two awards

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the big Nicktoons Network Animation Festival party here at the Nick Studio in Burbank Friday night. More than 300 people attended, and a good time was had by all.

Hal Sparks was on hand to announce the winners of this year’s festival, and these were the results:

Nick Development Award - “Zoologic”, Nicole Mitchell
Grand Jury Prize - “Zoologic”, Nicole Mitchell
Producers’ Choice Award - “St Laleeloo”, Jiwook Kim
Student Award - “Bare”, Andy Lyon
Diversity Award - “Feb-18-05″, Javier Barboza

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Your Picks Count

August 1st, 2007

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Here’s the scoop on the Viewers’ Choice voting for this year’s Nicktoons Network Animation Festival.

First a note from Nicktoons Network, the ones running the voting:

“The festival takes over the month of August on-air and online! Starting August 1st, one short will be showcased every night at 10p where viewers can go online or text their vote if the short “Rocks or Rots” and enter into the “Rocks or Rots” sweepstakes, all leading up to the final one hour “Best Of” special on August 31st at 10pm, announcing the award winners including the Grand Jury Prize ($10,000), the Nick Development Award, and the Viewer’s Choice (“Rots or Rocks”) Award.”

First of all, that’s 10:00 p.m., EDT, or New York City time.

You can go to the Nicktoons Network website and click on “Rocks or Rots” sweepstakes.

Voting online for each film will last 24 hours. Each short will be up from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. [Read more…]

Here’s The Animation Festival Schedule

July 31st, 2007

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You know, when I was a kid, in order to make sure I caught on the TV those shows I really wanted to see, I had to grab the new TV Guide every Thursday and go through and circle everything that looked even half interesting for the week ahead. Now, with the miracles of computers and the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, all you need to do is print out the list below and circle everything that looks even half interesting. Hooray for the Internets.

Anyway, if you’re on the east coast of the United States, these shorts will begin on the Nicktoons Network promptly at 10:00 p.m. If you live elsewhere in the country, you’ll have to do the math as to when it airs in your time zone. Here’s the schedule:

8/1 L’amie De Zoe - MAKE (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
8/2 Icarus - Adam Swaab (Sherman Oaks, California, USA)
8/3 Saalis - Aiju Salminen & Saara Knottinen (Helsinki, Finland)
8/4 Sonadora - Andrea [Read more…]

Grand Jury Announced

July 31st, 2007

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Okay, I figure by now you’re sick of all the press dedicated to this year’s panel of judges for the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. No, wait. You probably haven’t heard anything about this year’s panel of judges for the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. Until now, that is.

In 2007, we continue the tradition of having stellar folks in the animation industry judge the festival. Here they are:

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Nicktoons Network Animation Festival Films Announced

July 30th, 2007

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First of all, thanks to the hundreds of filmmakers who submitted their work to the 2007 Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. Lots of great stuff, as usual, including more than a few we couldn’t air due to content (it’s for a Nickelodeon network, after all). Beginning Wednesday, August 1, you, the viewer, can see a different short every night through the month at 10:00 p.m., New York City time. The month will culminate with all films being shown, back to back, on Friday, August 31, topped off by a one-hour best-of special which will include the winners in the Diversity, Student, Producers’ Choice, Grand Jury, and Nick Development Award categories.

Here are this year’s selections in the 2007 Nicktoons Network Animation Festival in alphabetical order. Congratulations, everyone.

Peach for the Teach - Erica Pitt (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

After Oz - Percy Kiyabu (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Angst - Emiel Penders (Elsloo, Limburg, The Netherlands)

Art’s Desire - Sarah Wickliffe (New York [Read more…]

Only 8 days left! Hustle, hustle!

May 23rd, 2007

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You look like the kind of person who would draw a jump cycle and not have the common courtesy to put in some follow through. What do you think your doing! Get off the Internet, stop working at your so called “job” to pay your “bills”, and get to work on your film! You think you’ll be the next big animator by just setting there? You’re just gonna go through life telling people about this great idea for a film you have, but you’ll never do it! You’re too lazy, you think, “Oh, I’ll just wait for my ship to come in.” Well guess what buster, this is your ship and its about to set sail because your to much of a dingy to get on. You think John Lasseter was sitting around twiddling his thumbs, going “Maybe I’ll make a film for next year.” No! He was working with [Read more…]

Short Film Motivation - “How To Cope With Depression”

May 21st, 2007

How To Cope With Depression is one in a series of shorts called Tales of Mere Existence by Lev Yilmaz.

Tips for finishing that unfinished film

May 21st, 2007

Tip #7 Dedicate your film to a fake person who died of something. People will clap and applaud when they think you did that crappy animation of a cow ninja who fights a diary farmer for someone who passed away.
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Tips for finishing that unfinished film

May 17th, 2007

Tip #6 Make references to pop culture. No matter how awful your film is, people will be forced to like your film when you relate it to something they obsess over.
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Short Film Motivation - Bambi Meets Godzilla

May 14th, 2007

This film may have taken an afternoon to create, be two minutes long, and mostly contain credits, it was voted t#38 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons and is the shortest classic ever. Though not very funny by today’s standards, it paved the way for short, off the wall cartoons.