The Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program Wants You


No, not underwear. A contest! A contest!

Here’s the scoop from the Nick folks themselves:

Thank you for your interest in Nickelodeon’s Animated Comedy Shorts Program!

We are always looking for new creative talent, innovative concepts, funny characters, and original designs. Most of all, we are thrilled to hear your ideas.


Animated shorts must be: comedic, character driven, and have kid appeal.

We look for ideas that feature an original, funny lead character – with about 2 or 3 characters in total. Be prepared to show either through designs, thumbnail storyboards or script, how funny and unique your characters are.

Characters must be relatable to kids ages 6 to 11 and appeal to both boys and girls.

If the characters are human, we recommend that they be a kid around our audience’s age. If non-human their mindset should be like a kid and they should encounter situations that are relatable and comprehendible to our kid-audience.

All submissions must be kid-appropriate in content.

Shorts are limited to 2 minutes in length and should primarily take place in 1 setting.

We are open to all animation styles including 2D, digital 2D, CG, Stop Motion, Flash, and Mixed Media.

Your pitch materials must include:

  • Concept Treatment
  • Character Descriptions: designs with written descriptions preferred
  • 2 minute rough thumbnail storyboards or 2 minute script/outline
  • Resume and credits
  • Link to online portfolio and/or work samples (if available)
  • Must submit a signed copy of the submission release form

Your submission can include:

  • Character designs – rough sketches are acceptable
  • Character layouts
  • Link to more pitch content

The deadline for submissions is March 29th 2013. No submissions will be accepted after this time.

Thank you for submitting to the Nickelodeon Animation Comedy Shorts Program 2013!

Get more info, including the submission form

3 thoughts on “The Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program Wants You”

  1. Years ago Clasky-Csupo had a contest for animated movie ideas. I thought of one but never wrote it out. I don’t think they ever did a movie. My idea could be a series too, but if Nickelodeon wants a finished piece of animation I can’t do that without a lot of help. Especially not in less than a month.

    1. It’s okay. I used to know a lot of guys over there. They couldn’t spell the company name either.



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