Nickelodeon Shorts Program

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

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

This year we’ll be producing a two-minute animated short discovered at San Diego Comic Con, July 24th – 26th. Pitches will take place at the Nickelodeon Booth on the convention floor. Reserve your fifteen minute time slot and submit pitch materials below.


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

We look for ideas that feature an original lead character – with about 2 or 3 characters in total. Be prepared to show either through designs, thumbnail storyboards, script, or comic what your two-minute story is.

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

All submissions must be kid-appropriate in content.

Shorts are limited to 2 minutes in length.

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

Your pitch materials should include:

  • Concept Treatment
  • Character Descriptions: designs with written descriptions preferred
  • 2 minute rough thumbnail storyboards or 2 minute script/outline
  • Resume, Credits or a link to online portfolio and/or work samples (if available)
  • Must accept/sign the submission release form (attached)
Your pitch materials can include:
  • Character designs – rough sketches are acceptable
  • Character layouts
  • Link to more pitch content, comics, zines, etc

Pitches are limited to fifteen minutes so be prepared to quickly introduce yourself, your characters, and your idea!

The following time slot reservation site is for in-person pitches at San Diego Comic Con 2014. In person pitches must take place with the creator or co-creator of the idea and we are unable to accept any pitches that will not take place in person at the Nickelodeon Booth from July 24th to the 26th at SDCC.

The deadline for reserving your time slot to pitch to Nickelodeon at San Diego Comic Con 2014 is July 18th 2014.

Time slots are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

If your pitch is selected to be produced as a short, as a condition of such production, you and Nickelodeon will enter into Nickelodeon’s customary agreement for the creation of such shorts.

Thank you for reserving your time slot to pitch to the Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program 2014!

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