Winning Selections from 2017

 

—Critics' Choice Award 2017—

The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. “Wishing Box” is the story of a pirate Derek and his sidekick monkey. After years sailing, they finally find a treasure box, but it’s no ordinary chest. It can make your wishes come true.

Wishing Box
Wenli Zhang and Nan Li

WishingBox_Trailer_Lizzie from Lizzie zhang on Vimeo.







—Best of Student Award 2017—

Blue Plum Animation Festival tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2016, the award is bequeathed to the runner up in the Student Category. In, “Arpeggio” Father and son are inseparable until adolescence threatens their special bond. Both will have to decide how willing they are to keep their relationship from falling apart.

Arpeggio
Adriana Uriguen Garcia, Pablo Perez Estevez, Asier Astorga Casado, Inigo Ortega Ramirez, and Xabier Espana Izarralde







—Best of Professional Award 2017—

A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.

Corky
Ty Primosch







—Best of Independent Award 2017

A citizen needs rescuing. Luckily there’s a superhero on hand. He just needs somewhere to change into his costume.

Superperson
Phillip Watts

Superperson (Trailer) from Philip Watts on Vimeo.







—Audience Choice Award 2017—

Set in a world where wishes are granted by mythical creatures that live under fountains, the Wishgranter is forced to go above ground to grant a wish of love.

The Wishgranter
Echo Wu, John McDonald, Kal Athannassov, Blake Johnson. Original music by Corey Wallace.

The Wishgranter from Ringling Computer Animation on Vimeo.







Winning Selections from 2016

 

—Critics' Choice Award 2016—

The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. For 2016, this prestigious title goes to one of the professional entries, "Borrowed Time.” A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

Borrowed Time
Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj. Original Music by Gustavo Santaolalla

"Borrowed Time" Teaser from Borrowed Time on Vimeo.







—Best of Student Award 2016—

A museum night guard discovers an intruder censoring precious nude artwork. This intruder turns out to be a tiny nun that goes on a censoring rampage.

None of That
Anna Paddock, Isabela Pinho and Kriti Kaur. Original Music by Corey Wallace

None of That - Official from None of That on Vimeo.







—Best of Professional Award 2016—

Blue Plum Animation Festival tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2016, the award is bequeathed to the runner up professional film, “Cuerdas.” María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon they become close friends.

Cuerdas
Pedro Solís, Juan Jesús García Galocha, Fernando Román, Víctor Peral, David Ordieres

CUERDAS trailer from LBOX on Vimeo.







—Best of Independent Award 2016

An incoming storm helps to transform a young girl's perspective of the world.

Nieta
Alessandro Squitti, Pedro E. Villarreal, Andrew Verson, Michael Brennan, Joaquin P. Villarreal, and Kendra Vernon

"Nieta" Official Trailer from Nicolás P. Villarreal on Vimeo.>







—Audience Choice Award 2016—

Armed with her sketchbook, Lila walks off to the world, convinced that she has the power to make it a better place. Sitting at a bar, hanging out at a park or walking down a street, Lila draws the lines that fill up the magic lost by those around her.

Lila
Carlos Lascano. Original music by Sandy Lavallart.

"LILA" from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.







Winning Selections from 2015

 

—Critics' Choice Award 2015—

The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. Rising through the ranks in the Student Category, this year’s best scoring animation is “Hola Llamigo.” A boy works from day to day on his father's ranch, when one day he forms a friendship with one of the livestock; a piñata llama!

Hola Llamigo
Christina Chang & Charlie Parisi

Hola Llamigo from Ringling College of Art + Design on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about " Hola Llamigo"

"Pixar quality idea and execution. An extremely charming piece. "

"An excellent understanding of design, lighting, character animation, and storytelling. "

"It's a fantastic piece, you all will go far!"







—Best of Student Award 2015—

Blue Plum Animation Festival tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. Thus, the winning ticket for the Student Award is "On the Same Page" about an introverted writer in a newspaper world who has nothing to write about until he is whirled away into a colorful journey with his neighbor from the comic section.

On the Same Page
Carla Lutz & Allison Norman

On The Same Page from Squash N Stretch on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "On the Same Page"

"Very terrific concept. Very well executed.”

"Cute characters, solid animation, and their design was very well done."







—Best of Professional Award 2015—

Around the World in 80 Days
Nick and Lexie Trivundza

Around the World in 80 Days, Short Film from Naissance on Vimeo.

The brash, young Jules Verne Jr. has just decided to go around the world in 80 days in order to live up to the books, and their legacy, that have made his name world famous.

Judges Comments about " Around the World in 80 Days "

"…unique artwork, character design and visual style with some nice cinematic touches."








—Best of Independent Award 2015

Two marzipan figures come to life on top of a wedding cake and start to sculpt the perfect marriage out of cake icing. “Wedding Cake” is a film that shows the bitter-sweet way in which every day routine lack of effort and disappearing interest for the partner can affect relationships.

The Wedding Cake
Viola Baier

Judges Comments about "Wedding Cake"

"Love the design. Everything about this worked."

"Excellent animation and use of fluid/softbody simulation for the cake frosting! "







—Audience Choice Award 2015—

Nothing is sacred in the arcade echelon as this parody pits underachievers against wistful underdogs. “Mundane Kombat” became an audience favorite through the increasingly popular evening set of animations at Blue Plum.

Mundane Kombat
Paige Taylor

Mundane Kombat from ETSU Digital Media