Nirvan Mullick is an award winning filmmaker, artist, and social-entrepreneur.
Nirvan's short film Caine's Arcade became a viral phenomenon in 2012, receiving millions of views, changing the life of a 9 year-old boy, and sparking a global movement of cardboard creativity in kids worldwide. Following Caine's Arcade, Nirvan founded the Imagination Foundation to foster the creativity of children everywhere, and created a Global #CardboardChallenge that has since engaged over 750,000 kids in creative play worldwide. Lego and Ashoka named Imagination Foundation a Champion of Lego's Re-Imagine Learning Challenge, calling it "one of the most innovative, impactful, and sustainable projects aimed at transforming the way the world learns."
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 hundreds of festivals worldwide, from Cannes to Annecy, winning numerous awards. Nirvan was an early pioneer of online crowdfunding, and designed and built one of the first crowdfunding platforms in 2004 for The 1 Second Film project, which is being produced by over 14,000 people and counting, from Stephen Colbert and Kevin Bacon to great-grandmothers and gas-station attendants.
Nirvan serves on the board of Imagination Foundation and CicLAvia. He has received the Dan Eldon Award for Creative Activism and the Big Ideas in Action award. Nirvan speaks around the world about creativity, the power of storytelling, and the potential of every moment - and every person - to have an impact.
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