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Nicktoons Launches World Wide Call for Entries

Second Annual Nextoons Animation Festival seeks shorts (April 08, 2005)

After a highly successful first season, with hundreds of entries received from around the world, Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival returns to Nicktoons, Nickelodeons digital channel for cartoon hits and independent animation. Nextoons joins forces again with leading independent cartoon producer Frederator Studios and will showcase the diversity of animated filmmaking from across the globe.

Seeking shorts, 10 minutes in length or under, Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival is looking for a large selection of films created in any style of animation and is currently accepting entries through June 17, 2005. Entry forms can be downloaded at

Nextoons sneaks, stand-alone shorts, pre-screenings of individual entries and the complete festival program will air throughout the entire month of August on Nicktoons in addition to the channels regular programming. Shorts to air will be chosen by a pre-selection jury. A grand jury will select a $10,000 grand prize winner from the top 10 films chosen by the pre-selection jury. The Festival will also include an online component allowing viewers to log on to the Nicktoons website and vote for their favorite films.

?Since day one, the Nicktoons brand has been built on creator-driven content and a commitment to animated filmmaking from around the world, says Keith Dawkins, General Manager, Nicktoons. ?So were excited to begin a new call for entries and bring back a second season of the Film Festival -- which upholds the same spirit and goals as our channel.

Fred Seibert, Festival Executive Director and President of Frederator Studios, adds, ?Were delighted to be working on the second season of Nextoons with our partners Nicktoons. Their dedication to showcasing the most exciting and original animation talent in a variety of genres is second to none.

In its first season Nextoons awarded filmmakers Mark Simon and Travis Blaise of Orlando, Florida the $10,000 Grand Prize for their short film, Timmys Lessons in Nature, a 2D-animated, comedic look at what not to do when venturing into the outdoors.

"Timmy's Lessons in Nature is an excellent example of getting the most out of very little," comments Eric Goldberg, 2004 Nicktoons Film Festival judge and Animation Director for Warner Bros. Looney Tunes: Back in Action. "The character designs were intrinsically funny half the battle in making an audience laugh and the timing of the gags is superb."

Presented with the 2004 Nicktoons Producers Choice Award and a copy of Bauhaus Softwares Mirage was Elizabeth Ito for Welcome to My Life. The California Institute of the Arts student film uses black and white, hand-drawn images and a Creature Comforts approach to explore the daily lives of misunderstood monsters.

About Frederator Studios
Frederator Studios is Americas leading independent animation producer. The company is currently in production on five original cartoons series for Nickelodeon including The Fairly OddParents and Oh Yeah! Cartoons, TV animations largest development program ever.

About Nicktoons
Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital home for TV's most popular animated hits, is part of MTV Networks' expanded suite of channels available for digital distribution. Nicktoons' current schedule features a roster of hits that have defined animation lovers' TV for more than 10 years, including The Angry Beavers, Rugrats, Ahhh! Real Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants, and As Told By Ginger, as well as programming original to Nicktoons such as Corneil and Bernie and Kaput and Zosky.

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