What we’re looking for:
-Animated shorts that are 2 to 3 minutes in length
-Strong, relatable characters that are at the heart of your story, that our kid audience of boys and girls ages 6 to 12 will love and want to see again and again
-Creators who are passionate about their ideas, their characters, and their stories. We want you to pitch from the heart. What is it that you really, really want to make and that means something to you?
-Any and all styles and techniques of animation including 2D, digital 2D, CG, Stop Motion, Mixed Media are okay.
-A strong comedic backbone. Action/Adventure/Mystery is okay as long as it’s funny!
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