Since 2005, the Blue Plum Animation Festival has showcased the work of international animators of all skill levels. Entries are judged by a panel of industry professionals, and awards are given for the best animated shorts.

Our festival is one of the many attractions in the overall Blue Plum Arts & Music Festival, held in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. Every June, more than 80,000 people come to the Blue Plum Festival to enjoy a bounty of music, food, arts, crafts, and more.

Festival entries will be reviewed by a panel of professionals selected from the animation industry. Animations will be scored based on criteria such as artistic merit, story, and technical proficiency. The submissions will be ranked based on these scores, and a $100 cash prize will be awarded for the animation that scores the highest in each of the following categories:

• Animations by Student Animators
• Animations by Independent Animators
• Animations by Professional Animators

In addition to the awards above, a $200 Critic’s Choice Award will be given to the animation that scores the highest overall.

During the festival, the audience gets a chance to vote for their favorite animation. A $100 Audience Choice Award will be given to the animation that receives the most votes from participating visitors.