The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows

The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows
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For the first time ever, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS, featuring the best animated short films by students and professionals around the world, will be available on Vimeo. This special online presentation offers viewers an unprecedented opportunity to see the “best of the best” on their own computer screen.

Four editions of the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS  comprising a total of 56 short films, will be available for viewing on Vimeo. The programs include the Oscar nominees “We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos,” “Weekends,” “One Small Step,” “Pearl,” and “World of Tomorrow, as well as an incredible array of other award-winning films that range from the profound to the hysterically funny.

Created by men and woman of all ages from 20 different countries, the short films in the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS highlight the universality of shared ideals and remind us of the indomitability of the human spirit. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to enjoy what Oscar-winning director Pete Docter described as “some of the best shorts produced by some of the best filmmakers working today, doing things that can only be done in this amazing medium.”

The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows (released in September 2015)

"The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows' is One of the Most Profound Cinematic Experiences of 2015. Constructed of 11 fantastic animated shorts showcasing a wide range of techniques within the medium’s spectrum, plus four documentary portraits on selected filmmakers, this feature-length festival of wonder overflows with sublime craftsmanship." - Carlos Aguilar, Indiewire

Ranging from hand-drawn and stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, these beautifully crafted films reflect a broad range of perspectives, while universally celebrating artistic excellence and the resilience of the human spirit. The program includes documentary portraits of four directors, who shed light on the motivation, process and experiences that led to the making of their films.

• THE STORY OF PERCIVAL PITS (Janette Goodey & John Lewis)
• TANT DE FORETS (Geoffrey Godet & Burcu Sankur)
• SNOWFALL (Conor Whelan)
• BEHIND THE TREES (Amanda Palmer & Avi Ofer)
• MESSAGES DANS L’AIR (Isabel Favez)
• STRIPY (Babak Nekooei & Behnoud Nekooei)
• ASCENSION (T Bourdis, M de Coudenhove, C Domergue, C Laubry, F Vecchione)
• LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS (Melissa Johnson & Robertino Zambrano)
• WORLD OF TOMORROW (Don Hertzfeldt)

The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows

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Available Fri June 19, Virtual Screening Room

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10 films for $60 with punch card
$9 general admission. $7 w/UCB student ID, $7 for senior citizens
$1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet
Free on your birthday! CU Cinema Studies students get in free.


Pay lot 360 (now only $1/hour!), across from the buffalo statue and next to the Duane Physics tower, is closest to Muenzinger. Free parking can be found after 5pm at the meters along Colorado Ave east of Folsom stadium and along University Ave west of Macky.


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Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.

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(AKA The Rocky Mountain Film Center)
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Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

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