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The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows

2016. NR. 91 minutes. Acme Filmworks. Digital.
Mon., April 17, 2017 thru Wed., April 19, 2017
April 17, 2017
6:30 pm
April 19, 2017
2:00 pm
April 19, 2017
7:30 pm

The Animation Show of Shows returns for its second year in theaters with 12 charming family-friendly films. Highlights include “About a Mother,” a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” Disney/Pixar’s sweet “Piper,” and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey “Pearl” by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne.

This year’s show includes an expanded selection of fresh student films from leading animation schools in the U.S., Belgium, Canada, Korea and Russia. This is not surprising, since the most interesting and groundbreaking work is being done at these hotbeds of creativity.

Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 16 extraordinary films in this program were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, the U.K., and the U.S. Their themes range from gay issues and civil rights, to deeply felt personal stories, to the wacky humor that animation does so well. Many have garnered awards from prestigious festivals around the world.

Largely crowd-funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, this year’s Animation Show of Shows represents the enthusiasm and commitment of 550 individual contributors from around the world. We are extremely grateful for their support and it is thanks to them that we are able to share these treasures with the world.

There is a 5-minute intermission after the 13th film “Inner Workings” which allows families with children 13 years and under to leave as the last four films contain mature themes.

  •  The show features 9 Oscar® qualified shorts which were up for consideration in the fall.
  • Featured animated short Pearl was directed by Patrick Osborne who won the Oscar® two years ago for Disney’s Feast.
  • This American Life’s Ira Glass narrates with Hannah Rosin, Mirror produced for The New Yorker and designed by Chris Ware.
  • Pixar’s short Piper which appeared in front of Finding Dory is in the show
  • Disney’s newest short Inner Workings which appeared in front of Moana is in the show.
  • The show features works from 11 countries