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Contest Guidelines
Animated Movie (pdf)
Comic Strip

Digital entries must be created in the following formats:

Questions? Please email Mrs. Sumida at

Nēnē Award Animated Comic Movie Contest

Entries Due January 28

Create a stop motion or animated comic that demonstrates ONE of the following ideas from the book.

  1. Smile shows us how to gracefully embrace life's twists and be more sensitive to others who are doing the same.
  2. Friendship means supporting each other, not making things harder, and if your friends can?t do that, then they're not really your friends.
  3. The importance of feeling comfortable within one's skin and to embrace one's strengths, weaknesses, and quirks.

Format & Submission Requirements:

  1. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes in length.
  2. Video file format must be .mp4, .wmv, .avi, or .mov. Videos received in other formats will be disqualified.
  3. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please upload your file to Google Drive, Dropbox, YouTube or Vimeo.
  4. Ask an adult if you need help and make sure to check the viewing permissions or your entry will not be judged.

Additional Guidelines


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