Producer Ron Diamond’s highly-anticipated
animation industry event, the annual Animation Show of Shows, will take on a
whole new meaning this year with the establishment of The Animation Show of
Shows, Inc. as a non-profit organization, whose mission is to restore, preserve
and promote animated short films.
“Each year I travel to animation festivals around the world in search of new
directors making significant, visually compelling, highly entertaining animated
short films that are rich in aesthetic,” said Diamond, president of new entity. “Now with our new non-profit banner, we’re
excited to not only share new films that reflect trends in narrative and showcase
experimental animation styles, but we’re also able to restore classic short films
so they can be seen by audiences everywhere as well.”
To coincide with The Animation Show of Shows’ new non-profit identity, the
organization is also excited to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to
raise money for the 17th annual Animation Show of Shows, as well as the start of
their restoration work which is being done through Diamond’s animation studio,
Acme Filmworks. The first film to be restored will be a powerful 1964 film titled Hangman, directed by Les Goldman and Paul Julian. Significant funds for this restoration project have been provided through Asifa-Hollywood.
The lineup for this year’s Animation Show of Shows will be announced on the
Kickstarter page throughout the campaign, which ends
on July 2nd. The first film to be confirmed is Oscar-nominated director
Konstantin Bronzit’s acclaimed short, “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos.”
time – is hoping to launch the Animation Show of Shows theatrically to the
general public this year. In addition to screening the films, he will be including
documentary-style profiles of many of the featured filmmakers in the overall
program. Screening this year’s program in theaters this Fall will also enable some
of the best short films of the year to qualify for Oscar consideration in 2016.
For the past 16 years, Ron Diamond has curated The Animation Show of Shows
program, touring the program around the world,
setting up exclusive screenings of the show for animation professionals and
students. As the founder and executive producer of both The Animation Show of Shows,
Inc. and Acme Filmworks and co-founder of the animation news site awn.com, Diamond has served on juries for several international animation festivals and helped create animated ad campaigns for Levi’s women’s jeans and the long-running
Charmin campaign featuring their iconic bear. In June of 2015, he
was honored with a Crystal Anvil Award from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film
and Television, for his outstanding contributions to the art of animation.