Nirvan Mullick is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, speaker, and social-entrepreneur.
In 2012, Nirvan's short film Caine's Arcade became a viral phenomenon, receiving over 10 million views, raising a $240,000 Scholarship for a 9 year old boy, and inspiring kids worldwide to build cardboard arcade games. Building on this momentum, Nirvan founded the Imagination Foundation, a non-profit to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids worldwide. Since 2012, the Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge has engaged over 500,000 kids in 70 countries in creative play, launched the first national campaign to bring early STEM education to Pre-K kids, and was named a Champion of the Ashoka/Lego Foundation Re-Imagine Learning Challenge. With over 130 "Imagination Chapters" in 20 countries, the impact continues to grow. In 2015, Nirvan worked as the Creative Director for the #EarthToParis campaign for the UN Foundation and GOOD, creating a viral #EarthToParis Anthem Video (with Jack Black and Lil Bub), and a crowd-sourced "Love Letter from #EarthToParis" (narrated by Morgan Freeman) that received millions of views, and over 1.3 billion impressions, as part of a global movement calling for bold action on climate change at the historic COP21 Paris Climate Conference.
Nirvan began making films while studying philosophy at New College and then went to CalArts where he earned an MFA in Experimental Animation. His animated films have screened in festivals worldwide, from Cannes to Annecy, winning numerous awards. While a student at CalArts, Nirvan began a collaborative experiment called The 1 Second Film, which became one of the first crowd-funded films in 2001.
Nirvan serves on the boards of Imagination Foundation and CicLAvia, and has received the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award and the Innovation in Action award. He is currently working on several projects, including a scripted series in development with HBO, and The Lawnchair Pilot, a feature-length documentary about Larry Walters, the 1982 lawnchair balloonist.
Nirvan speaks around the world about creativity, the power of storytelling, and the potential of every moment to have an impact, especially in the life of a child.
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