Nickelodeon and education nonprofit Get Schooled have opened a call for entries for their inaugural “What’s Your Nickfluence?” Animation Challenge, which will give young animators a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship.
The $25,000 scholarship competition is open only to college students, aged 17-24, but there is a separate competition for high schoolers, aged 13-17. The high-school aged applicants will be vying for a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display and a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. There will only be one scholarship winner, but there will be five winners in the high school category.
The competition is looking for original animated shorts in any format, no longer than three minutes, that celebrate Nickelodeon’s shows, past and present, as well as Nick’s brand while also saying something about their influence on the applicant’s life and art. Submission deadline is Sept. 14.
Submission guidelines and official rules are available at the Get Schooled website.
Shorts that meet the submission requirements will be posted on the Get Schooled website and be eligible for a “People’s Choice” Award. Fans will be able to view the shorts between Sept. 28 and Nov. 15 and can vote on their favorite. The winner will receive a Nickfluence Swag Box filled with Get Schooled and Nickelodeon branded items.
Finalists in each age group will be determined by a panel of judges and will be announced in November.
The scholarship competition was first announced in March during the 10 Animators to Watch event, presented by Variety and Nickelodeon. Get Schooled was founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, the parent company of Nickelodeon, to aid students.