Animation Show of Shows

February 08, 2019

"An exceptional program that starts off strong and only gets better as it goes, the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows overflows with charm while containing more provocative observations about the nature of existence than most prestige feature films do.

John DeFore,The Hollywood Reporter

16 animated short films presented in order of appearance – Total Running Time: 93 minutes

Can You Do It - Quentin Baillieux, France

Tiny Big - Lia Bertels, Belgium

Next Door - Pete Docter, U.S.

The Alan Dimension - Jac Clinch, UK

Beautiful Like Elsewhere - Elise Simard, Canada

Hangman - Paul Julian and Les Goldman, U.S.

The Battle of San Romano - Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland

Gokurosama - Clémentine Frère, Aurore Gal, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, Romain Salvini, France

Dear Basketball - Glen Keane, U.S

Island - Max Mörtl and Robert Löbel, Germany

Unsatisfying - Parallel Studio, France

The Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden

Les Abeilles Domestiques (Domestic Bees) - Alexanne Desrosiers, Canada

Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon - Tomer Eshed, Germany

Casino - Steven Woloshen, Canada

Everything - David OReilly, U.S

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These films include Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s Annecy Grand Prix-winning “The Burden,” a melancholy, funny and moving film that explores the tribulations, hopes and dreams of a group of night-shift employees, uniquely capturing the zeitgeist of our time. At the other end of the spectrum, David Reilly’s playful and profound “Everything,” based on the work of the late philosopher Alan Watts, explores the interconnectedness of the universe and the multiplicity of perspectives that underlie reality.

Perhaps the most relevant film in the show is a 50-year-old short that was restored by The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS with grants from ASIFA-Hollywood and The National Film Preservation Foundation. “Hangman,” by Paul Julian and Les Goldman, based on a poem by Maurice Ogden, explores themes of injustice and personal responsibility in its tale of a town whose residents, afraid to speak up, are methodically executed by the title character.

Other program highlights include the Oscar® winning “Dear Basketball,” Disney veteran Glen Keane’s animation of a poem by Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, written on the occasion of his imminent retirement; Academy Award®-winning director of Pixar Pete Docter’s 1990 CalArts student film “Next Door”; and “Casino,” the latest film from director Steven Woloshen, who, for some 30 years, has been creating award-winning experimental films by drawing directly on film stock.

The 19th ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS represents the work of artists from eight countries, including eight women. Funny, moving, engaging, and thought-provoking, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS not only has something for everyone, but is a remarkable and insightful microcosm of our world.

For 19 years the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. Over the years, 38 of the films showcased in past ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with 11 winning the Oscar®. Founded and curated by producer Ron Diamond, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is funded by major studios, companies, schools and tens of thousands of animation lovers around the world who attend the theatrical showings. Aside from the over 65 North American cities where The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows has already played to public audiences in art house theaters and museums, the following campuses, studios and tech companies annually host the Animation Show of Shows include UCLA, USC, Chapman University, CalArts, University of the Arts, SCAD Atlanta, SCAD Savannah, School of Visual Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Morgan State, Long Beach State, San Jose State, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake Community College, Santa Monica College, Apple, Inc., Pixar, DreamWorks Animation Sony Pictures Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation, Illumination Entertainment, ILM, Facebook, Google, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts and many others.

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