Watch the trailer for the 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows:
THE 22ND ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS
OFFERS HUMOR AND REFLECTION ON THE HUMAN CONDITION
After a two-year Covid hiatus, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns to theaters and campuses across North America this fall. This 22nd edition comprises 10 films -- nine recent, along with one restored classic -- which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranges from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer-aided.
“Animation is a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and deeply felt concerns, and the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has always strived to scour the world for the most affecting and engaging films,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “While the recent films were conceived and some finished, before the Covid lockdowns, all but the most abstract display a concern with the ways in which we are all interconnected...or sadly alienated from our sense of human connection.”
This general issue appears in many forms and styles: While "Beyond Noh" cleverly shows the prevalence of masks through all cultures, and "Rain” humorously explores the dangers of groupthink, "Ties" takes the notion of connectedness from the metaphorical to the actual.
The nine new films come from Europe, Asia, and North America. The program culminates with a striking restored 4K digital remaster by the Academy Film Archive of Frederic Back's classic 1987 Oscar-winner, "The Man Who Planted Trees."
|FEB 3 to 9||Majestic Chandler 9||Chandler, AZ||Info|
|FEB 3 to 9||Majestic Gilbert 8||Gilbert, AZ||Info|
|FEB 4 & 12||The Cary Theater||Carey, NC||Tickets|
|FEB 11 & 12||Cleveland Institute of Art||Cleveland, OH||Tickets|
|FEB 17||The Carlton Cinema||Toronto, ON|
|FEB 23 Only||Bantam Cinema & Arts Center||Bantham, CT||Info|
|May 7 Only||The Hopkins Center for the Arts||Hanover, NH|
One of the things I love about animation is its heightened sense of reality. A medium of storytelling filtered through pure imagination, animation done right makes fantasy more fantastic, emotion more poignant and humanity more human. That sense is evident in every frame of the “17th Annual Animation Show of Shows” a curated collection of the year’s best work in animation shorts. Featuring submissions from all across the globe, the “Animation Show of Shows” demonstrates that people really do have more commonalities than differences. - Cameron Rasmusson, The Sandpoint Reader
Watch these recent editions of The Animation Show of Shows now on Vimeo On Demand:
21st Show Watch Now • Original 83m
20th Show Watch Now • Original 98m
19th Show Watch Now • Original 87m