Wenli Zhang and Nan Li
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.
Adriana Uriguen Garcia, Pablo Perez Estevez, Asier Astorga Casado, Inigo Ortega Ramirez, and Xabier Espana Izarralde
Our 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.
A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.
A citizen needs rescuing. Luckily there’s a superhero on hand. He just needs somewhere to change into his costume.
Echo Wu, John McDonald, Kal Athannassov, Blake Johnson.
Original music by Corey Wallace.
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.
Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj. Original Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
For 2016, the prestigious Critic's Choice Award 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.
None of That
Anna Paddock, Isabela Pinho and Kriti Kaur. Original Music by Corey Wallace
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.
Pedro Solís, Juan Jesús García Galocha, Fernando Román, Víctor Peral, David Ordieres
Ourt radition 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.
Alessandro Squitti, Pedro E. Villarreal, Andrew Verson, Michael Brennan, Joaquin P. Villarreal, and Kendra Vernon
An incoming storm helps to transform a young girl's perspective of the world.
Carlos Lascano. Original music by Sandy Lavallart.
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.
Christina Chang & Charlie Parisi
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!
On the Same Page
Carla Lutz & Allison Norman
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.
Around the World in 80 Days
Nick and Lexie Trivundza
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.
The Wedding Cake
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.
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.