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21st Annual ‘Animation Show of Shows’ Coming to Bay Area

Curator Ron Diamond will introduce latest diverse short film program at four February screenings.

The Animation Show of Shows, a curated selection of some of the most recent and vital animated short films created by students and professionals from around the world, returns to the Bay Area with multiple February screenings in February.  Now in its 21st installment, curator Ron Diamond, AWN’s co-founder, will be in attendance hosting Q&As and introducing the following events:

  • February 8, 6:30 PM – Lark Theater, Larkspur
  • February 9, Noon – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-San Francisco
  • February 10, 6:30 PM – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-San Francisco
  • February 14, Time TBD – New Parkway Theater, Oakland

Featuring ten films from seven countries, the 2020 edition of the program offers an array of thought-provoking and moving works that reflect the filmmakers’ unique perspectives and their relationship to the world.

“Animation is a versatile medium that allows artists to explore ideas that you won’t see anywhere else,” says Diamond, the Animation Show of Shows founder. “From political and philosophical concerns, to the complexities of individual identity and personal relationships, animated shorts are uniquely able to capture the many facets of human experience.”

Personal relationships are at the heart of several films in this year’s program.  The total running time is 84 minutes and includes the following films:

  • Kids - Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach, Switzerland
  • Rubicon - Gil Alkabetz, Germany
  • Portrait of Gil Alkabetz (Rubicon) - Marta Trela Germany
  • Five Minutes to Sea - Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia
  • Récit de soi (Self-Narrative) - Géraldine Charpentier, Belgium
  • Le jour extraordinaire (Flowing through Wonder) - Joanna Lurie, France
  • Hounds - Amit Cohen, Ido Shapira, Israel
  • Portrait of Amit Cohen and Ido Shapira (Hounds) - Shlomi Yosef
  • The Fox and the Bird (Le renard et l’oisille) - Sam & Fred Guillaume, Switzerland
  • Daughter - Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic
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