Animated short films don’t happen overnight. Like their feature-length cousins, short animated films can take years to complete, but often aren’t exposed to an audience outside of the animation community and or are only shown at film festivals. Enter “The Animation Show of Shows”, a curated group of original and creative animated short films from all over the world taking on the challenge of bringing animated short films to the masses.
In 1999, Ron Diamond, veteran producer, co-founder and President of Animation World Network, created “The Animation Show of Shows” to introduce innovative short films to a wider audience around the world. Impacted by Saul Bass’ 1968 “Why Man Creates” and Robert Enrico’s 1969 “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Diamond hoped that through promoting animated short films, he could inspire the next generation of animators and audiences to explore “unexpected ideas”. Many of the films featured include themes designed to spark discussion amongst the viewers. Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo, says these films are able to capture “all the wit, cleverness, integrity, warmth and humor that humanity is capable of,” giving them the ability to appeal to an even broader audience.
In previous years, the compilation of films has screened at studios such as DreamWorks, Pixar, and Disney but in an effort to increase this niche audience, “The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows” will be shown in theaters across the United States and Canada, meaning you will have a chance to watch these beautiful shorts up on the big screen. But wait, there’s more! Another element has been added into the program this year: documentary portraits of four directors. In these portraits, the creators are able to further enlighten the audience on the process and motivation that went into making their short. Basically, a film geek’s fantasy. And don’t worry, there’s a variety of animation types including hand-drawn, stop-motion, and computer-generated in the show.
In addition to highlighting films based a variety of topics, ranging from a guy who will only walk on stilts to social rejection at a house party, this year’s “The Animation Show of Shows” also has a great deal of diversity, with the films featured in this year’s program coming from all over the world. In addition to global diversity, there are also 7 films directed or co-directed by women.
Over the past 17 years, 29 of the films featured in the shows have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations and of those, 9 have won the top prize for Animation. “The Animation Show of Shows” was created to increase ￼exposure for this art form and allow those with a passion for animation to experience these films in a group setting. Check out the trailer for this year’s showcase.
“The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows” is presented by Acme Filmworks and will screen in over 20 cities across the nation after. Find out where you can catch “The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows” in a city near you this Fall.
Featured Image Credit: We Can’t Live Without Cosmos / The Animation Show of Shows