Bill Plympton, Signe Baumane and Chris Wedge with the Blue Sky Studios Award for Best Animated Film at the 2011 Awards Ceremony.

May 23, 2012 (Woodstock, NY): The Woodstock Film Festival’s Call for Entries for its 13th Annual Festival (October 10-14) 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 Program is sponsored by Blue Sky Studios and the winning film receives a $2000 cash award.

Blue Sky Co-Founder and director Chris Wedge will be one of the jurors as well as present the Maverick Award for Best Animation. 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 Leafmen. He can also be heard as the “voice” of the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat in Ice Age and its sequels.

Entries are now open through June 8 on both and at There will be an extended Withoutabox deadline of June 29. 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 cash 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 to showcase their work, and is consistently one of the most popular programs. Previous award winners of the Animation Award include Juan Pablo Zaramella’s Luminaris in 2011, Anthony Sheppard’s Music Scene in 2010 and Jake Armstrong’s The Terrible Thing about Alpha-9 in 2009.

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