For the first time in its 16 year history, Acme Filmworks’Animation Show Of Shows will be distributed theatrically, across the US, this fall (It opens 9/24 at the Archlight Hollywood – full list of playdates here).
For 16 years, The Animation Show of Shows was created, curated and presented by Ron Diamond to introduce new and innovative short films exclusively for animation studios, societies, schools, and festivals around the world. Over the past 16 years, 29 of the films showcased in previous Animation Show of Shows went on to receive Academy Award nominations with nine winning the Oscar for best Animated Short Film.
The 17th Annual Animation Show Of Shows is Diamond’s vision to heighten the exposure for this extraordinary art form and entertainment platform and to allow international audiences to experience these in a theatrical environment with other peers that share the same passion for animation.
“It has been a personal goal of mine to bring these amazing films to a larger audience and in theaters,” said Diamond. “Normally, it’s just the animation studios, Academy members and a festival goers who get to experience these films on the big screen. And through this showcase many more animation and short film lovers will be able to see these gems as they should be. This is a very exciting time for animation film and technology, and this program features many different styles, animation techniques and stories. From LGBT themes to environmental tales to personal stories, this Show of Shows offers something for everyone.”
The program of 11 films is is made up of animators from Australia, France, Ireland, the US, Russia, Switzerland, and Iran, including 7 women directors or co-directors, and many of which have garnered awards from distinguished festivals worldwide. Ending the program is Academy Award nominated director Don Hertzfeldt’s newest film, World of Tomorrow , which has garnered over 20 awards so far this year.
Acme Filmworks Presents THE 17TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS features the following films:
THE STORY OF PERCIVAL PITS, created by Janette Goodey & John Lewis, Australia
TANT DE FORETS, created by Geoffrey Godet & Burcu Sankur, France
SNOWFALL, directed by Conor Whelan, Ireland
BALLAD OF HOLLAND ISLAND HOUSE, created by Lynn Tomlinson, USA
BEHIND THE TREES, created by Amanda Palmer and Avi Ofer, USA
WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THE COSMOS, created by Konstantin Bronzit, Russia
MESSAGES DANS L’AIR, created by Isabel Favez, France/Switzerland
STRIPY, Written and directed by Babak Nekooei & Behnoud Nekooei, Iran
ASCENSION written and directed by Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, Florian Laubry, France
IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS, directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, USA
WORLD OF TOMORROW, directed by Don Hertzfeldt, USA