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Acme Filmworks Brings '17th Annual Animation Show of Shows’ to Theaters

Eleven award-winning acclaimed animated shorts from around the world are highlighted in national theatrical showcase beginning September 24, 2015.

LOS ANGELES -- For 16 years, The Animation Show of Shows was created, curated and presented by veteran animation producer Ron Diamond (whose producing credits include The International Tournee of Animation) to introduce new and innovative short films exclusively to studios, societies, schools and festivals around the world. Over the years, 29 of the films showcased in previous editions of the 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 audiences to experience these in a theatrical environment with others that share the same passion for animation.

THE 17th ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS will be distributed theatrically this fall by the Animation Show of Shows (a non-profit group) across the U.S. This extraordinary program of 11 films is created by animators from Australia, France, Ireland, the US, Russia, Switzerland, and Iran, including seven women directors or co-directors, and many of which have garnered awards from distinguished festivals worldwide.

Program highlights include Russian Animator Konstantin Bronzit’s We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos, winner of 40 festival awards worldwide including top prizes at Annecy and Animafest Zagreb. Also included is Academy Award-nominated director Don Hertzfeldt’s newest film, World of Tomorrow, which has garnered over 20 awards this year including grand jury prizes at Sundance and SXSW. This will be the first theatrical release of this annual program, finally sharing these animation talents with a wider audience.

“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.”

Acme Filmworks Presents THE 17TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS features the following films:

  • THE STORY OF PERCIVAL PILTS, 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 Vecchione, France
  • IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS,  directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, USA
  • WORLD OF TOMORROW, directed by Don Hertzfeldt, USA

THE 17th ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS kicks off at the Hollywood ArcLight Cinema on September 24 before traveling to Chicago, Pittsburg, Portland and more, with additional cities and dates still to be announced on the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS website.

Theatrical Screenings

  • 9/24   ArcLight Cinema, Hollywood, CA
  • 9/25   Rancho Niguel, Laguna Niguel, CA
  • 10/16   Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
  • 10/16   Melwood Screening Room, Pittsburg, PA
  • 10/16   Camera 3, San Jose, CA
  • 10/23   Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
  • 11/13   Cinema 21, Portland, OR
  • 11/13   Bijou Twin, Eugene, OR

Scene from ‘We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos’ directed by Konstantin Bronzit is a highlight of this year’s program. (Photo courtesy of The Animation Show of Shows.) A scene from Don Hertzfeldt’s award-winning film ‘World of Tomorrow,’ one of 11 films featured in THE 17TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS. (Photo courtesy of The Animation Show of Shows.) The Animation Show of Shows, Inc. is an IRS registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization created for the expressed purpose of expanding awareness of exemplary animated Short Films and Animated Short Film restoration and preservation. This program is being distributed exclusively by The Animation Show of Shows, Inc. a non-profit group.  Earnings from the distribution of the Animation Show of Shows will be used for the sustainability of the mission and compensate the participating animators/rights holders. More information is available at www.animationshowofshows.com.

Source: The Animation Show of Shows, Inc.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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