January 30, 2013 (Woodstock, NY): The Woodstock Film Festival’s Call for Entries for its 14th Annual Festival (October 2-6) is now open. WFF is looking for animated short films for its juried Animated Program curated by Oscar nominee Bill Plympton and renowned animator Signe Baumane. WFF’s Animation Competition is sponsored by Blue Sky Studios and the winning film receives a $2000 cash award and a trophy from Blue Sky.
Blue Sky Co-Founder and director Chris Wedge is scheduled to be one of the jurors. Wedge won an Academy Award in 1998 for his short film Bunny, and has since directed Ice Age and Robots. His next Blue Sky feature is Epic, scheduled for release this year. He can also be heard as the “voice” of the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat in Ice Age and its sequels.
Entries are now open, please goto woodstockfilmfestival.com to submit or Withoutabox.com with an early bird deadline of April 15. The regular deadline is June 7 with a WAB extended deadline of June 27.
If you want to have your animated film seen by two giants in the animation business, and a chance for Blue Sky’s Chris Wedge to consider your film for the $2000 prize get your submission in now.
Plympton and Baumane have curated The Woodstock Film Festival animation program since 2004. The program provides a forum for independent animators, both established and up and coming to showcase their work, and is consistently one of the most popular programs.
WFF has featured the work of Pes, currently nominated for an Academy Award, screened the 2011 Oscar winner The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore as well as the work of other top animators. Previous award winners of the Animation Award include Hisko Hulsing's Junkyard (2012) Juan Pablo Zaramella’s Luminaris (2011) and Anthony Sheppard’s Music Scene (2010).
Bill Plympton was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and moved to NYC after graduating from Portland State in Graphic Design. He created cartoons for publications such as The New York Times and National Lampoon.
In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar for this short Your Face. Since then, Plympton has made eight feature films, including 2008's Idiots and Angels. In 2005 he received another Oscar nomination, this time for Guard Dog.
Signe Baumane was born in Latvia in 1964 and started work in 1989 at Dauka Animation Studio in Riga as an animator and cel painter. She also designed and directed several animated commercials for local TV.
She has directed and animated numerous films including the award winning films Tiny Shoes, Love Story and The Threatened One.
She has initiated and curated a number of independent animation programs and along with Patrick Smith and Bill Plympton is the organizing core of Square Footage Films, a group of New York independent animators that self-publishes and distributes DVDs of their own work.
Baumane has also illustrated a number of children’s books, taught at the Pratt Institute and in 2005 became a Fellow in Film of the NY Foundation for the Arts. That same year she became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.