The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows (MATURE AUDIENCES)

The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows (MATURE AUDIENCES)
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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 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows Mature (theatrically released in North America in October 2016)

“Providing a welcome reminder of the tradition of animation as a vehicle for artistic expression, the Animation Show of Shows brings the more personal and experimental films from the international festival circuit to larger audiences.” – Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times

The 18th Show features an expanded selection of student films from leading animation schools in the U.S., Belgium, Korea, Canada, and Russia, this curated program includes some of the most interesting and groundbreaking work being done in animation today. From deeply felt personal stories about gay identity and parent-child relationships, to the wacky humor that animation does so well, this entertaining, provocative and sometimes risqué show has it all.

PARENTS ADVISORY: This show contains mature themes, nudity, and sexual content that may not be appropriate for children.

• STEMS (Ainslie Hendersen)
• SHIFT (Cecilia Puglesi & Yijun Liu) 
• PEARL (Patrick Osborne)
• CRIN-CRIN (Iris Alexandre)
• MIRROR (Chris Ware, John Kuramoto, Ira Glass) 
• WAITING FOR THE NEW YEAR (Vladimir Leschiov)
• BØYGEN (Kristian Pedersen)
• ABOUT A MOTHER (Dina Velikovskaya)
• EXPLOOZY (Joshua Gunn, Trevor Piecham, John McGowan)
• CORPUS (Marc Hériche)
• BLUE (Daniela Sherer)
• MANOMAN (Simon Cartwright) 
• ALL THEIR SHADES (Chloé Alliez)

(The on demand version of The 18th Show does not contain the Disney/Pixar shorts "Inner Workings" and "Piper" featured in the original theatrical release.)

The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows (MATURE AUDIENCES)

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Available Fri June 19–Thu October 28, 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.


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