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Entries open for Nickelodeon 2014 global Animated Shorts Programme

Children's channel, Nickelodeon, is calling for entries for its 2014 global Animated Shorts Programme, which is designed to identify and develop new animation talent and provide a platform for new content for kids.

Choose from 10 productions

It will choose a minimum of 10 pitches to be developed into short animated films that will appear on air and on its websites globally. These shorts also have the potential of becoming long-form animated series on the channel. Ideas will be accepted from a broad pool of creative talent from all quarters including artists, designers, writers, directors and comedians. Creators will be provided with the necessary artistic and production support teams to help them complete their fully animated short.

In its first year, 2013, it received over 1000 pitches worldwide for the programme and from this, 10 domestic and 7 international pitches were chosen to be developed into animated shorts that will air on the channel or appear on throughout 2014.

New talent

"We're on an ongoing mission to create the funniest animated content for this next generation of kids and find the freshest creative voices from around the world," said Russell Hicks, president, content development and production, Nickelodeon. "The shorts program has already fuelled our pipeline with new content and we're excited to see what comes through our door this year."

Shorts must be original, humour-based and character-driven. All animation styles are encouraged from 2D to digital 2D, stop motion, CG or mixed media. The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2014. For more information, go to NickInternationalShorts.