Nirvan Mullick is an award winning filmmaker, speaker, and movement maker.
Nirvan's short film Caine's Arcade became a viral phenomenon in 2012, receiving over 10 million views, and raising a $240,000 Scholarship fund for a 9 year old boy. Building on this momentum, Nirvan created a follow up film (Caine's Arcade 2) which launched the Imagination Foundation, a non-profit Mullick founded to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids worldwide. Since 2012, the Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge has engaged over 400,000 kids in 60 countries in creative play and STEM, 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 120 "Imagination Chapters" in 14 countries, the impact continues to grow. In 2015, Nirvan became the creative director of the #EarthToParis campaign for the UN Foundation and GOOD, creating an #EarthToParis Anthem Video that received millions of views, helping launch a global movement calling for bold action on climate change at the 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 short 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 developing a scripted series with HBO, and directing The Lawnchair Pilot, a feature-length documentary about Larry Walters, the 1982 lawnchair balloonist.
Nirvan speaks around the world about the critical need to foster creativity, the power of storytelling, and the potential of every moment to have an impact.
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