"Chicken or the Egg" is a short by Elaine Wu and Christine Kim that tells the story of an egg-loving pig who falls in love with a chicken. (Contributed)
If you’re a fan of animation, the Blue Plum Animation Festival is the place for you.
Held Friday and Saturday during this weekend’s 14th Annual Blue Plum Festival in the former JC Penney building next to Hands On! Regional Museum, the festival will showcase more than 50 short films from all over the world, including two shorts that were created by students from East Tennessee State University’s Digital Media program.
What started out as a class project has grown into one of Blue Plum’s biggest attractions.
“Every year we get more and more visitors from the public there at the festival,” Animation Festival director Jonathan Hounshell said.
The Animation Festival has been a part of Blue Plum since 2005, and is free to the public.
Festival organizers even provide the popcorn.
“Families love it because it’s something they can do with their children,” Hounshell said.
Everything from stop-motion and the latest 3-D animation to traditional 2-D animation will be featured at this year’s festival.
The content of each film is as varied as the animation style used to tell the story.
“Some of the subjects are light and directed toward kids. Some of them are kind of introspective and a few of them even make social commentary. Some of them are more artsy,” Hounshell said.
International films include shorts from China, Israel, Australia, Germany, Serbia, Venezuela, Columbia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Among the films from the United States are two created by ETSU students: Min-Zhi Chin and Julia Correnti.
Chin’s short, “Naga,” is about a mystical dragon, while Correnti’s film, “Filling the Void,” tells the creation story.
All of the films entered into the festival will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the highest-scoring films in the student, independent and professional categories.
Showtimes Friday begin at 1 p.m. and will run until about 9 p.m. The Animation Festival picks back up Saturday morning at 10.
For more information about the Animation Festival, visit www.blueplumanimation.com.