Winning Selections from 2014


—Critics' Choice Award 2014—

The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. For 2014, a student entry tumbled into the hearts of the audience and the judges about two unlikely lovebirds, "Jinxy Jenkins & Lucky Lou.” When the chaotically misfortunate Jenkins and the monotonously lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.

Jinxy Jenkins & Lucky Lou
Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou from Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou"

“Brilliant storytelling!! Strong character design, animation, staging and overall filmmaking. Outstanding on every level!”

“… funny and charming—very nice. …”

“Congrats to this team! Theirs is a fantastic future.”

—Best of Student Award 2014—

Blue Plum Animation Festival tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critique’s Choice. This year “Level 1457 LAST” was not least! A worker of Persephone solar energy maintenance is fixing the solar cylinders when he discovers a hole that may lead to the frozen surface. No human has been up there for centuries, and leaving the safety of his subterranean world could cost him his life. Will he make this ultimate sacrifice to see the sky just once in his life?

Level 1457 LAST
Xabier Urrutia


Judges Comments about "Level 1457 LAST"

" Well executed sci-fi piece. Solid modeling, lighting, fx and animation. "

"Well done film, post- apocalyptic THX-style theme…"

"Nice film, well rendered, good models, nice lighting…"

—Best of Professional Award 2014—

A catchy little ditty called “Monkey Rag” had some definite playability in this years festival. There were lots of cheers from our evening audiences for this rambunctious musical number performed by The Asylum Street Spankers, directed and animated by Joanna Davidovich. Mitzi pursues a disaster of her own making in this richly colored world where reason is overrated. Mitzi may be barking up the wrong tree, but she also knows that when it comes to love, sometimes you just gotta give a little bit of what you got.

Monkey Rag
Joanna Davidovich


Judges Comments about "Monkey Rag"

"This film was very well designed and so much fun to watch… energetic and so well animated!"

"I wanna be like Joanna Davidovich! Brava! Well timed, staged and edited, also cute."

Technically, musically, and visually wonderful exercise. Amazing one-woman animation."

" Really fun!! Beautifully executed musical piece. Perfectly captures the playful tone of the music. Highest professional standards on every front."

—Best of Independent Award 2014—

Our independent category award winner is an engaging journey down into a mysterious world of forgotten objects, waves of paper and inexplicable characters.

Paper World
Wojciech Ostrycharz


Judges Comments about "Paper World"

"A beautiful film to watch. Amazing artwork.”

"… visually engaging and masterfully executed. ”

—Audience Choice Award 2014—

During this year’s festival, the audience raved about many of the films, but one animation seemed to really lift their spirits. A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.

Asia Lancaster, Katelyn Bianchini, and Rena Cheng

Blue Trailer from Blue on Vimeo.

Winning Selections from 2013


—Critics' Choice Award 2013—

The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. For 2013, this prestigious title goes to one of the professional entries, "Separated.” In this animated music video, a man finds his 'other half'—a deeply moving celebration of love and togetherness.

Mark Borgions

Stan Lee Cole - Separated from Mark Borgions on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "Separated"

“I loved this one. So far it is the only one that has made me cry. I loved the cyclical nature of the whole thing. The style and story were wonderful. Great work.”

“…knocked it out of the park…”

“Brilliant. Absolutely fantastic storytelling”

“ Loved the little touches, like the film grain and… excellent dimensionality even with 2D characters”

—Best of Student Award 2013—

It’s no riddle why “Chicken or the Egg” has flown to the top of the student animation category. This short film by Christine Kim and Elaine Wu, was produced at Ringling College of Art and Design and completed as their senior thesis film. The story revolves around Henry the pig, who must choose what comes first, the Chicken or the Egg.”

Chicken or the Egg
Christine Kim and Elaine Wu

Chicken Or Egg from Ringling Computer Animation on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "Chicken or the Egg"

"A strong sense of visual humor and absolutely wonderful posing on the characters."

"Compositionally, one of the best looks of any of the submitted videos."

" Showed an exceptional talent at environments, characters, animation, and lighting."

"Excellent pacing and edits. Really felt the power of the intentional cuts and solid editing choices."

—Best of Professional Award 2013—

Blue Plum Animation Festival tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2013, the award is bequeathed to the runner up professional film, “Vital Voices.” When the central government collapsed in 1989, Dr. Hawa Abdi's one-room clinic on her family farm began treating and housing local people fleeing the fighting. In time, the population living on her land reached 90,000 people. Vital Voices Global Partnership, the sponsor of this film, identifies and invests in extraordinary women leaders working in the fields of Human Rights, Economic Opportunity, and Political Participation.

Vital Voices
Aaron Kisner


Judges Comments about "Vital Voices"

" This film was amazing. It was moving and beautiful. The narration was perfectly paced and delivered. The visuals took on a style that knocked me for a loop."

" I loved the little touches, like the faint overlay textures and the background animation of grass and trees and fire. The lighting was visually stunning. Well done!"

—Best of Independent Award 2013—

Our independent category award winner is an illuminating short film from China called “Light.” One night, as a living lamp’s light begins to fade, he stumbles out and finds a tree full of beautiful bulbs. But alas, before the night is through, he must search inside of himself for what is truly important."

Tao Hu


Judges Comments about "Light"

" The animation was very strong, and the character was cute and well developed.”

" So spectacular, really made you soak it all in…"

" The composition and lighting was so incredibly well done, I was mesmerized by the quality of it!"

—Audience Choice Award 2013—

The family message of “Legacy” resonated with this year’s audience. It is the story of one boy's difficulties to live up to his family's expectations when the burden of his heritage is suddenly thrust upon him.

Adam Floeck

Legacy Trailer from Adam Floeck on Vimeo.


Winning Selections from 2012


—Critics' Choice Award 2012—

The Critic's Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. For the second year in a row, the winner of the prestigious title has risen from the student entries. "Defective Detective" is about a washed-up detective, whose imagination runs wild, as he tries to solve the most critical case of his career.

Defective Detective
Avner Geller & Stevie Lewis

Defective Detective from Ringling College of Art + Design on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "Defective Detective"

"The film was very entertaining and well conceived. The character performances were strong and the animation quality superb."

"Great animation! Interesting and creative story! The rendering, lighting, and models are beautiful! Love the mix of 2D and 3D elements in the animation."

—Best of Student Award 2012—

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 "METRO" about a young girl who must pursue a mysterious fox through a strange and fantastic world in order to get back her train ticket.

Jacob Wyatt

METRO trailer from Jacob Wyatt on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "METRO"

"Yes! More please! Perfect!"

"So much in such a small package. Animation and story has so much emotion. My favorite film of the festival. Bravo!"

"The film's artistic styling is beautiful."

—Best of Professional Award 2012—

Narrated by Steve Coogan (Night at the Museum, Tropic Thunder, The Other Guys, Coffee and Cigarettes, I'm Alan Partridge...) with music composed by Jeff Mercel of Mercury Rev, 'Marvin' is a short, slightly twisted, animated film based on Frank Pudney's original idea. It tells the story of a young boy born with an unusual extra orifice in the middle of his forehead and the adventure he embarks upon when one day something important falls out. Marvin was produced by Tim Searle at Baby Cow Animation and funded by the UK Film Council and Screen South.

Mark Nute

Marvin Trailer from marknute on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "Marvin"

"Like and animated storybook."

"Colors were gorgeous and the end was hilarious!"

"The visuals blended perfectly with the strong performance of the narrator."

—Best of Independent Award 2012—

The Independent Award goes to an animation with a long name and plenty of character. The story follows a day in the life of a goat herder and his flock of goats as they travel up and down the mountains of Spain. The animation feature a musical track by Andy Cabic, lead singer of the band Vetiver.

The Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats
Will Rose

The Goat Herder and his Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats from Will Rose on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "The Goat Herder..."

"Very entertaining!"

"The color palette was excellent plus the music and sound were spot on."

"I really enjoyed the bold simplistic design"

—Audience Choice Award 2012—

It was a close race for the 2012 Audience Choice award with a record number of voters this year, but Sherlock Holmes nabbed the prize. When the world's greatest detective Sherlock Holmes and his long suffering companion Doctor Watson arrive at the scene of a robbery; Holmes is shocked to discover rival detective Dashwood Hunter is already on the case. Holmes doggedly follows in Dashwood's footsteps as a trail of clues lead him across London on a frantic race to solve the mystery. But when Holmes' envy of Dashwood's abilities backfires, the great detective must choose between solving the mystery and rescuing his only friend.

Sherlock Holmes
Red Star Animation

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