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 the Egg from KIMWU 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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Winning Selections from 2011


—Critics' Choice Award 2011—

"Photographs" by B.Ki.Animation surpassed entries in the student category to be noted as best in the festival for 2011.


Photograph Trailer from B.Ki.Animation on Vimeo.

Judges Comments about "Photographs"

"It's hard to believe this is student work. Brilliant. Beautiful. And moving. It brought me to tears. Outstanding, and an inspiration."

"Beautiful, touching and well made. Bravo!"

"I absolutely loved this short! By far, my favorite of the bunch."

—Best of Student Award 2011—

Blue Plum Animation Festival tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. Thus, the Student Award is bequeathed to "Estudio Mendizábal" in 2011

Estudio Mendizábal
Kiko Pérez

Estudio Mendizábal from Kiko Pérez on Vimeo.

—Best of Professional Award 2011—

The judges called 2011's professional winner, "hilarious and brilliant concept, story and characters," "clever" and "polished."

Friday Night Tights
Joonki Park

Friday Night Tights from joonki park on Vimeo.

—Best of Independent Award 2011—

—————————————————————————— The Independent Animator Award goes to a "dapper" of an animation, "Deux Petits Bateaux".

Deux Petits Bateaux
Kate Raney

Deux Petits Bateaux from Kate Raney on Vimeo.

—Audience Choice Award 2011—

The young folks attended the festival in droves and voted "Lava" as the audience favorite, putting it on a "hot streak."

Kimberley Palmer