August 12, 2008
We love our Lego around here, and when it's moving around, all the better. So we're happy to pass on this bit of news about the upcoming Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, which is happening this October in Los Angeles. Nickelodeon is specifically looking for stop-mo shorts using Lego bricks and minifigs, no more than two minutes long.

The contest is open to just about anyone who isn't living in a country on the U.S.'s "ain't no friend of mine" list, so Cuban animators will have to look elsewhere. Peep the rules and regulations, and find out how you can win $25,000 to create a new Lego short for Nick. Don't forget to read all the fine print so you don't have any surprises when it comes to rights. The final due date is September 15, so get to it, blockheads!

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July 10, 2008

Hot damn! Looks like we might be in for the keynote equivalent of a stop-motion pie in the face at this year's beloved Ottawa International Animation Festival. Seth Green and Matt Senreich, co-executive producers, writers, and directors of Cartoon Network’s Emmy award-winning Robot Chicken will be taking the stage to show us how to have a good time while delivering a speech. Hilarity will no doubt ensue.

On the corporate-but-cool side of things and providing this year's opening keynote speech is the President of Animation for Nickelodeon, MTVN Kids and Family Group, Brown Johnson. Ms. Johnson is responsible for some of my niece's favourite programs, from the Dora and Diego series all the way to the mighty Squarepanted one himself!

From the press release,

“Johnson, Green and Senreich are leaders in the industry,” says TAC Director Azarin Sohrabkhani, “We are excited and honoured to have them offering the keynote speeches this year, which will set the tone of the conference, giving insight and inspiration on how to create a quality product and achieve great commercial success.”

All three guest speakers will give their keynote speeches at the Television Animation Conference, complement to the OIAF on September 17th & 18th, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Previously on fps:
OIAF 2006: The Television Animation Conference, Part 1

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April 2, 2007
NEW YORK – April 2, 2007 – Calling all animators! Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, in partnership with Frederator Studios, the festival's production house, are seeking entries for the fourth annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. Animators from around the world can submit their work to the first and only multiplatform animation festival from Sunday, April 1st through Friday, June 1st. Entry forms can be downloaded on www.nicktoonsnetwork.com.

"This is the Animation Festival's fourth year, and we're certain it'll be the best one yet," said Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons Network. "We're excited to work with Frederator once again and are looking forward to receiving submissions from around the globe for a festival created for animators and lovers of animation alike."

"The film festival has allowed us to help independent animators reach a larger audience, which is very important to us," said Fred Seibert, Festival Executive Director and President, Frederator Studios. "We are also pleased to award prizes to indies to help them continue their work and realize their unique visions."

The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, co-produced by Radar Cartoons, is on the hunt for a selection of original short films created in any style of animation that do not exceed 10 minutes in length. Submitted shorts will be chosen by a pre-selection jury and will be showcased on-air and online on Nicktoons Network with five half-hour episodes kicking off Sunday, August 26 through Thursday, August 30, in addition to a "Best Of" episode on Friday, August 31. A grand jury will select a $10,000 grand prize winner from the top ten films chosen by the pre-selection jury.

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