12th Annual

Blue Plum Animation Festival

June 03, 2016 to June 04, 2016


Animation by Independent Animators


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Sneak Peak Deadline
March 15, 2014
Regular Discounted
Earlybird Deadline
April 13, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 0.00
Regular Deadline
May 4, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Late Deadline
May 18, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately May 20, 2016

Shorts: maximum 10 minutes

Projects completed after August 1, 2012

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .WMV (Windows Media)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best Independent Animation
A panel of judges will choose the best Independent Animation
Sponsor:ETSU Digital Media
Cash Award Value: 150 U.S. Dollar

Critic's Choice Award
A panel of judges will choose the overall best submission in the festival.
Sponsor:ETSU Digital Media
Cash Award Value: 250 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award
During the Festival itself, the audience will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite animation.
Sponsor:ETSU Digital Media
Cash Award Value: 150 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Your submission must be completely animated. We will not accept demo reels, samples, or works in progress. Your piece should be complete.

This festival is a family-oriented event and most of our animations would be given a G rating. We will accept animations with a PG rating at our discretion. If by chance, an animation is accepted that deserves a PG-13 rating, it would only be aired during our evening show times. We will not accept animations that are excessively violent or obscene. If we decide not to accept your animation, you will be notified. If you have any doubts, please ask before submitting an entry

PLEASE NOTE: All submission fees are non-refundable

First upload a PREVIEW Copy or your animation using the Withoutabox Secure Online Screener tool. The festival committee will review this for acceptance. If we cannot preview your animation before the May 4th deadline, we may not be able to accept your entry.

NOTE: the Secure Online Screener tool is only the first step! Your animation is NOT ready for the festival unless you receive notification of acceptance. Then you MUST send us an EXHIBITION QUALITY Copy.

When you receive notification, then send the EXHIBITION QUALITY Copy of your animation entry to be received no later than the last day of May.

---> Maximum resolution is 1280×720 with a square pixel aspect ratio. We recommend using H.264 compression (Quicktime) or WMV3 (WMV).

---> Please ensure the file name is simple, beginning with your BPAF# and film title.

---> Preferred method is an electronic delivery service:

East Tennessee State University’s free and secure, Dropbox Wizard:
This method is easy and doesn’t require a password to send files.
1. Enter your email.
2. To whom are you sending a file? = hounshel@etsu.edu
3. Upload your movie file.
4. In the message window give us the title and your BPAF # of your film.
We will be then able to download your file through our password protected system.


Send to hounshel@etsu.edu

Dropbox® subscribers:
If you subscribe to this service, share your public link with us via email
address: hounshel@etsu.edu

Vimeo® subscribers:
A vimeo link to your animation with a download option will suffice.

If we do not receive your animation in time, we cannot showcase it during the festival.

If you must send it via snail mail
Please Burn your EXHIBITION COPY as a file onto a data disk (DVD-ROM or CD-ROM). Either a .mov or .wmv file.
We will not accept entries that we cannot view, and we will not accept video formatted to automatically play as a standard DVD or VHS cassette.

If your animation is not available in these formats, or you believe your EXHIBITION COPY will not arrive in time, please contact us at hounshel@etsu.edu