The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns to theaters across North America this fall, presenting 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world.
“Because animation is such a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and existential concerns, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has always included a number of thoughtful and engaging films,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “However, more than in previous years, I believe that this year’s program really offers contemporary animation that expresses deeply felt issues in our own country and around the world.”
These films include Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s Annecy Grand Prix-winning “The Burden,” a melancholy, funny and moving film that explores the tribulations, hopes and dreams of a group of night-shift employees, uniquely capturing the zeitgeist of our time. At the other end of the spectrum, David OReilly’s playful and profound “Everything,” based on the work of the late philosopher Alan Watts, explores the interconnectedness of the universe and the multiplicity of perspectives that underlie reality.
16 animated short films presented in order of appearance:
Can You Do It - Quentin Baillieux, France
Tiny Big - Lia Bertels, Belgium
Next Door - Pete Docter, U.S.
The Alan Dimension - Jac Clinch, UK
Beautiful Like Elsewhere - Elise Simard, Canada
Hangman - Paul Julian and Les Goldman, U.S.
The Battle of San Romano - Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland
Gokurosama - Clémentine Frère, Aurore Gal, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, Romain Salvini, France
Dear Basketball - Glen Keane, U.S.
Island - Max Mörtl and Robert Löbel, Germany
Unsatisfying - Parallel Studio, France
My Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden
Les Abeilles Domestiques (Domestic Bees) Alexanne Desrosiers, Canada
Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon - Tomer Eshed, Germany
Casino - Steven Woloshen, Canada
Everything - David OReilly, U.S