In an effort to discover new original children’s content, Saban Brands has launched its first-ever animated shorts program, Show Us Your Shorts, and is turning to the public to pick a grand prize winner, who will be granted a Saban development deal and US$5,000.
Officially open today until October 24 to qualified residents of the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK at www.sabanshorts.com, the contest calls for original animated short submissions that are primarily comedy- or action-themed, and ideally around one or two minutes long (five minutes being the absolute maximum length).
While Saban is mainly interested in shorts aimed at children, the contest is still open to teen, tween and adult-driven content. Submissions that offer fresh, original storylines, unique characters, quality animation, and long-form series potential will have the best shot at making the final cut.
The shorts will be judged by an executive committee at Saban Brands that will whittle the submissions down to 10 finalists, which will then be displayed online for public voting from October 31 to November 14.
Saban is encouraging the public to campaign for their favorite short via Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms using #sabanshorts.
The contest comes as crowdsourcing continues to be a hot trend in the industry, especially for retail giant Amazon, which recently lined up five more kids TV pilots to be critiqued by public viewers for potential full series production.
Major kidnets such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network have also ramped up their efforts to source new original content from around the world.
Nick recently took its shorts program to Comic-Con for the first time and greenlit the first pitch it saw, Cupcakery of Doom, while Cartoon Network just extended its talent search by launching its international shorts program in the Philippines.