Nicktoons Network Announces Awards to Budding Filmmakers at Its First Two-Day Live Event in Los Angeles Kicking Off This Year's Nicktoons Network Animation Festival Festival Winners Awarded for Student Award, Diversity Award, Producers'

Choice Award and Show Off Your Show/Greater Creator Award

Grand Prize Winner to be Announced August 31



    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's
 24-hour animation network, and Frederator Studios announced the winners for
 the Student Award, Diversity Award, Producers' Choice Award and Show Off
 Your Show Award from the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival's first
 two-day live event in Los Angeles, CA. The Nicktoons Network Animation
 Festival showcases the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking by
 animators from around the globe. Animators were asked to submit animated
 shorts no longer than ten minutes in length that combined a unique look,
 great character designs and overall appeal and originality. The $10,000
 Grand Prize Winner will be announced on-air on Nicktoons Network on
 Thursday, August 31 at 10 p.m. The Viewer's Choice Award will be announced
 online at www.nicktoonsnetwork.com on Monday, September 18 -- voting closes
 on Friday, September 15.
     The winners and prizes are as follows:
     Student Award Winner -- "Libraryhead" by David Bazelon, Los Angeles,
 California
     Prize: $1,000 awarded to honor one student for excellence in animation,
 story and design to encourage the next generation of animators. Eligibility
 is based on current enrollment in a college or university animation
 program.
     Diversity Award Winner -- "Crocodile Journals" by Yeo Lee Nah,
 Singapore
     Prize: $1,000 awarded to the filmmaker whose film best demonstrates the
 ideals of diversity in subject and content.
     Producers' Choice Award Winner -- "A Great Big Robot From Outer Space
 Ate My Homework" by Mark Shirra, Vancouver, Canada
     Prize: A copy of Bauhaus Software's digital 2D animation software,
 Mirage, along with an Apple Power Mac G5 to run it on, awarded to a
 filmmaker whose work catches the hearts and minds of the Festival
 Producers.
     Show Off Your Show/Greater Creator Award Winner -- Richard Wallace of
 Chino Hills, California (Age 15)
     Exclusive Nicktoons Network "Future Animator" Prize package: A trip
 with his/her family to Los Angeles to visit the Nicktoons Studios and the
 chance to record their voice and be in a Kappa Mikey episode. Also wins an
 afternoon Animation Academy at his/her school.
     In addition to these prizes, any filmmaker with a short in our "Best of
 2006" episode airing the last night of our Festival on August 31, will
 receive a copy of Toon Boom Studio Express, an all-in-one 2D animation
 software solution and a special bundle of training DVDs from
 Digital-Tutors.
     "We'd like to congratulate the winners and are excited to recognize and
 reward these up-and-coming filmmakers for such creative and outstanding
 work," said Keith Dawkins, General Manager, Nicktoons Network. "This year's
 Festival received quadruple the number of entries from last year and we
 look forward to continuing this rapidly growing project and finding the
 next generation of talent in the years to come."
     "The filmmakers in the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival represent
 the most original and creative cartoons in the world," said Festival Chair,
 Fred Seibert. "We feel great about offering them a national showcase on
 various platforms via Nicktoons Network."
     Billed as the world's first multiplatform animation festival, Nicktoons
 Network Animation Festival kicked off with its first, live two-day event at
 the Nicktoons Studios on August 12 and 13 in Burbank, CA. Kids' Day (August
 12) featured the Nicktoons Network mobile tour, Nicktoons Network's costume
 characters, animators offering 'doodling' demonstrations, and a screening
 of some of this year's entries to special guests. Kids' Day culminated with
 the announcement of the winner of the Show Off Your Show/Greater Creator
 Award -- a contest in partnership with Time For Kids magazine in which one
 lucky young winner won the festival's first ever Greater Creator Award. On
 Sunday, August 13, Nicktoons Network hosted an evening event for special
 guests and animators called Creator's Day where they announced the three
 winners of this year's Student Award, Diversity Award and Producers' Choice
 Award. The announcement was followed by a screening of the award-winning
 shorts from the winners.
     The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival takes place online and on-air
 beginning Saturday, August 26 through Thursday, August 31 at 10:00 p.m. on
 Nicktoons Network (repeats at 1:00 a.m.). Viewers can see which shorts have
 been selected for this year's festival, view creator information and
 biographies and download the NNAF program at www.nicktoonsnetwork.com.
 Viewers can also watch the animated shorts and vote for their favorite
 submissions at www.nicktoonsnetwork.com from Saturday August 26 through
 Friday September 15. The NNAF Viewers Choice Award will be announced online
 on September 18.
     The panel of Grand Jurors for this year's Nicktoons Network Animation
 Festival included: comedic duo Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Family Guy creator
 Seth MacFarlane, Disney's Andreas Deja, famed animator Bill Plympton and
 last year's Producers Choice and Student Award Winner JG Quintel.
     Nicktoons Network, the 24-hour animation network features a wide
 spectrum of programming that has defined kids' television for more than 10
 years. Targeting kids 6-14, Nicktoons Network airs 75% exclusive
 programming such as Kappa Mikey; My Dad the Rock Star; Corneil & Bernie,
 Kaput & Zosky; and Yakkity Yak and also classic Nicktoons hits as Ren &
 Stimpy; SpongeBob SquarePants; and The Fairly OddParents. Nicktoons Network
 is the official home to the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. It is the
 world's first multiplatform animation festival providing kids and future
 animators an artistic hub where they can express their creativity and
 talent to a network that applauds budding doodlers across the country.
     Nicktoons Network currently reaches 39 million homes via cable, digital
 cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision; Charter
 Communications; Comcast Cable; Cox Communications; DirecTV; DISH Network;
 and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons Network, and all related titles and logos
 are property of Viacom, Inc.
     Frederator Studios (www.frederator.kz) has been making original
 cartoons since 1998, executive producing The Fairly OddParents, Oh Yeah!
 Cartoons, and Random! Cartoons. Channel Frederator
 (www.channelfrederator.com) is the world's first and largest cartoon
 podcasting network, featuring submitted films from around the world.
 
 

SOURCE Nicktoons Network

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