Watch the trailer for the 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows:

Thank you San Jose State Shrunkenheadman Club for hosting the Animation Show of Shows!


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:

The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows' is One of the Most Profound Cinematic Experiences of 2015 - Carlos Aguilar, Indiewire
The 18th “Show of Shows” provides a welcome reminder of the tradition of animation as a vehicle for personal artistic expression. - Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
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
The 20th Show is... wonderfully original... dazzling... provocative... sticks a dagger in conformity… - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times 
The 21st Show is a poetic, provocative and inspired collection of thought-provoking, and moving works. - Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer
The 22nd Show is "breathtaking, something the French Impressionist painter Renoir might have produced had he gone into animation.." - Robert Bloomberg,

21st Show Watch Now           • Original 83m








20th Show Watch Now       • Original 98m








19th Show Watch Now         • Original 87m








18th Show Watch Now       • Mature 84m                       • Family 62m







17th Show Watch Now      • Original 96m
  Subtitles in:
    • Arabic
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Polish  
    • Russian 
    • Spanish
    • Vietnamese


The Man Who Planted Trees English
The Man Who Planted Trees French
Drawn From Memory

For 24 years, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting a highly selective, “best of the best” program of new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. During this time, 41 of the films showcased in the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar. The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is a 501(c)(3) not for profit and is supported by major studios, companies, schools and hundreds of animation lovers around the world.
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