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Nickelodeon Opens Animation Scholarship Challenge

Nickelodeon calls for entries for first-ever “What’s Your Nickfluence?” animation scholarship challenge in partnership with Get Schooled to award a $25,000 scholarship.

LOS ANGELES -- Nickelodeon and Get Schooled, a national non-profit co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, are giving one skilled and innovative young animator the chance to win a $25,000 scholarship through the inaugural “What’s Your Nickfluence?” Animation Challenge.

The open call for original animated shorts is open now through September 14, 2015, and marks the first-ever animation scholarship program between the two organizations, which will help elevate and support the brightest up and coming animators by giving them an opportunity to submit their story.

“What’s Your Nickfluence?” Animation Challenge is a global short film competition which gives eligible participants the opportunity to create an original, Nick-inspired short film -- no longer than three minutes -- that celebrates Nickelodeon’s past and present shows and brand, and how these influenced the applicant’s art, childhood and life.

The scholarship opportunity is open to 17-24 year-old college students in which applicants will be required to submit an animated short in any format.  Realizing that talent is found across all age ranges and in all corners of the globe, 13-17 year-old high school students are also invited to submit a short in any format for the chance to win a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display, along with a one year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud services. All applicants must submit their entries in accordance with the submission process described in the below link, comply with all official rules, and provide satisfactory verification of age and school status.

Following the entry period, finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and the top entries in each of the two age categories will be announced November 2015 as finalists.  From September 28, 2015 through November 15, 2015 fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite “People’s Choice” short at Get  There will be one winner in the college category and five winners in the high school category, who will be announced in November 2015, along with the “People’s Choice” short winner. 

For additional details on the submission process and official rules, please visit

Source: Nickelodeon

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.