1997, 2018, 2019 / animation / 1h 23min / curated by Ron Diamond / country: Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Belgium, France, Israel / with English subtitles

Monday 3/27 thru Thursday 4/2
5:00 p.m.

“The discerning scout of animation talent Ron Diamond, curator of annual anthologies that have included scores of films that went on to Oscar nominations — and, more important, showcased mini-masterpieces the Academy overlooked, like Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s The Burden — returns… for his 21st installment, whose entries hail exclusively from Europe, Russia and Israel. Asia, Africa and the Americas will just have to work harder to pass muster with Diamond next year: This time, he selected a mere eight works (two short docs on filmmakers round out the program); and while casual ‘toon consumers would surely find a couple of them charming, this is a program aimed at connoisseurs, not kids.”
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS, a curated selection of the “best of the best” animated short films created by students and professionals around the world, returns to theaters across North America this fall. Featuring 10 films from seven countries, the 2020 edition of the program offers an array of highly imaginative, thought-provoking, and moving works that reflect the filmmakers’ unique perspectives and their relationship to the world.”

  • Kids – Michael Frei, Mario von Reckenbach, 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 Academy Award nominee – Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic

For 21 years, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting a highly selective, “best of the best” program of new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. During its 21 years, 41 of the films showcased in the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar®. The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is a 501(c)(3) not for profit and is supported by major studios, companies, schools and hundreds of animation lovers around the world. Learn more about the films in current and past Animation Show of Shows and their makers by joining our mailing list at www.animationshowofshows.com/pages/sign-up.

Curator Ron Diamond responding to parental questions of age appropriateness explains:
In my opinion, this program is very kid friendly as it’s a bit tough and uncomfortable at times but it’s also life affirming, funny, inspiring, purposeful and memorable. There is no sex or profanity. Spread throughout the program and like “life” in general, there are isolated incidents of interpersonal tension, hitting, shoving, sadness, anger, growling, barking, subjugation and retaliation. A burial at sea depiction, a transgender identity film, spoken French and Russian with subtitles, and of course, a wolf inexplicably and briefly has an oar stuck in its hindquarters.

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