Press Release from Nickelodeon
NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2009 – The Nickelodeon Animation Festival, the first and only multiplatform festival in North America, has received entries from around the globe, and the votes are in! This year’s celebrity judge, Jamie Kennedy (Ghost Whisperer), selected the 2009 Grand Jury Award winner along with industry judges Roland Poindexter (Vice President, Current Series-Animation, Nickelodeon), Paul Vester (Co-Director of CalArt’s Experimental Animation Program), Melissa Cobb (Producer, DreamWorks Animation) and Sung Eun Kim (last year’s “Grand Jury” and “Student” award winner).
General category winners were chosen by the producers at Nickelodeon and the “15 Seconds to Fame” winner was selected by the Nickelodeon Development team. Select entries will be showcased on Nicktoons every half hour between 4 – 7 p.m. (ET) from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, and will be featured on www.nick.com/naf .
The 2009 Nickelodeon Animation Festival winners are as follows:
15 Seconds To Fame (Grand Prize)
Henrique Jardim, “Do Not Feed the Alligators”
Grand Jury Award ($10,000)
Bianca Beneduci Assad, “Popped“
Producers’ Choice Prize ($5,000)
Paris Marroidis, “Divers”
Student Prize in partnership with mtvU ($2,000)
Bang Yao Liu, “Deadline”
The winner of the “15 Seconds to Fame” award will receive the grand prize of $5,000 for the creation of a new original animated short in conjunction with and commissioned by Nickelodeon. The Viewer’s Choice Award of $5,000 will be determined while the shorts are showcased online from Monday, Nov. 16, through Sunday Nov. 29. Viewers can vote for their favorite entry at www.nick.com/naf . Votes will be tallied and announced online Monday, Nov. 30.
The Nickelodeon Animation Festival, the largest of its kind, showcases animators from around the world who submit their original animation, ideas and characters. This year, the festival received submissions from countries such as Jamaica, Argentina, Romania, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, India, Scotland and Holland, among others. General category submissions could be in any style of animation, but could not exceed 10 minutes in length. Submissions for the “15 Seconds to Fame” award required 15 seconds of an outstanding and funny character animated in any style.
Nickelodeon, now in its 30th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com . Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).