Acme Filmworks, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Ron Diamond to produce compelling artistic advertisements, music videos, short films, television programs and features by animators exploring unusual techniques and modes of storytelling. Acme's directorial roster is a who's who of international independent animation, including Michael Dudok De Wit, Bastien Dubois, Chris Hinton, Aleksandra Korejwo, Michal Socha, Raimund Krumme, Caroline Leaf, Yuval & Merav Nathan, Bill Plympton, Till Nowak, Diego Maclean, GianluigiToccafondo,
Acme has produced Clio, Cannes, Annecy, Annie and London Advertising Award winning spots and campaigns for such clients as Levi's Women's Jeans, Weight Watchers, Hilton Hotels, Charmin, AT&T and United Airlines amongst the hundreds of commercials it produced. Acme also produced the Academy Award nominated short film Nibbles (2003) by Chris Hinton, two shorts films for Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project with Janet Perlman and Jeremy Clapin, and the animated feature film Drawn From Memory (1995,) directed by Paul Fierlinger, which was the first feature-length animated documentary to be featured on PBS’s American Playhouse. Acme produced Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show (2004,) a 12 episode series for the WB Network. In 2010, Acme worked with Ridley Scott to revisit the animation technique employed by GianluigiToccafondo at Acme in the realization of the Scott Free Logo for Toccafondo's new production of the main title sequence for Scott's Robin Hood. Acme also produced Michal Socha's evocative main title sequence for the miniseries Pillars of the Earth.
Since 1998, The Animation Show of Showshas selected the best in animated short films from the world’s most renowned animation festivals and presented them at the major animation studios to inspire their animators and directors.
Curated by Acme Filmworks founder Ron Diamond, The Animation Show of Shows collection features 108 superb films that until now have received only a limited release or have only been available in expensive compilations. Now this dazzling collection is being offered exclusively in a deluxe set of 54 DVDs—available individually or in 9 boxed sets—for less than the cost of a download from iTunes. Acme Filmworks has long been known for its award-winning commercials by many of the world’s best animators, now presents an award-winning collection of some of the best animated short films of the last twenty three years.
Ron created the annual Animation Show of Shows as a way of bringing the year’s best shorts, selected from festivals around the world, to industry professionals who might not otherwise have an opportunity to see them. The screenings at major studios such as DreamWorks, Pixar, Disney and many others throughout North America have served to inspire and enrich the many professionals who have been lucky enough to see them. With the release of these DVD collections, everyone now has the opportunity to enjoy these artistic gems, which, in the space of five or ten minutes, provide an experience as poignant, humorous, or profound as the best feature film.
The 162 shorts include 14 Academy Award® winners, as well as 37 nominees, and other films that have won major prizes at Cannes, Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa, and Berlin. The techniques range from hand-drawn, paint on glass and stop-motion, to the latest computer-generated imagery, with its ability to conjure entire worlds with astonishing verisimilitude. Together these films capture, in the words of Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo, “all the wit, cleverness, integrity, warmth and humor that humanity is capable of,” and have a universal appeal that makes them ideal for sharing with family and friends.