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Animation Nights New York Announces Inaugural ‘Best of Fest’

Two-day festival features 20 selections from the 200 beautiful shorts screened at the org’s curated monthly events.

NEW YORKAnimation Nights New York began as a screening and networking event in September of 2015 and will now mark its one-year anniversary with a two-day festival. Animation Nights has attracted 2500 international submissions of animated short films. The caliber of the screened work is on par with any animation festival and the screenings have earned an audience of over 500 people attending monthly. Their overall community has grown to over 3000 and continues to increase. People of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds are coming together at 180 Maiden Lane in the Seaport District for the love of ANIMATION.

Twenty films have been selected to be featured at the Animation Nights first, chosen from the 200 shorts screened at monthly curated events. In addition to the animation screenings, VR Animation Experiences, Professional Panels, Art Installations, Artist Booths and other industry events will be featured at 180 Maiden Lane and other locations around the South Street Seaport area of NYC. The Best of Fest filmmakers will receive one year subscriptions to both Craft and Stash. Our Animation for Adults award winner will receive a gift from Wacom.

Professional Panels include Technology and Story in Animation (Framestore, Michael Ferraro, Tom Snyder, Flickerlab), Animation in Reporting  (TED-Ed,  New  York Times Op-Docs), Animation as Outreach (Metropolitan Museum of Art MET  Kids,  Hey Mister!, Mythic Bridge, The Animation Project), VR Panel (Revrie Immersive Works, Framestore), Alternative Distribution (John Andrucci, moderator; InDemand, batteryPOP, ViviCast, Vuier), Crowdfunding to Build Independence Workshop (Seed & Spark), Voiceover Acting in Animation and Games (IGDA), Independent Animation (Cartuna), and more!

Anderson Contemporary is curating “Art in Motion,” an exhibit of animation drawings, cells, video, painting, and sculpture (September 14 - October 7, 2016). Opening: Wed, Sept 14, 6pm-8pm. Featured artists/filmmakers include: Nin Brudermann, Anthony Haden-Guest, Emily Hubley, Jeff Scher, Jaime Ekkens, Dustin Grella, Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton, Cagil Harmandar, Cem Kurtulus, Fluidtoons, Jake Nelson, M. Henry Jones, Marco Brambilla

In addition to Ms. Grzenkowicz, the ANNY team is comprised of Artistic Director, Michael Collin, Hayburn Studios (Glasgow); Technical Director, Jon Robles, A&E Networks; VR Director, Mark Sternberg, REVRIE Immersive Works; Andy London, London Squared Productions; Brett Thompson, Fluidtoons; and other icons from the world of Art, Animation, and Film

Source: Animation Nights New York