The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Support the IFS by screening titles straight from independent distributors who routinely provide us with interesting movies. By clicking "watch now" below you'll be able to watch a theatrical release and the distributor will then split the proceeds 50/50 with the IFS, which in turn helps buy us time while we wait for the green light to return to Muenzinger Auditorium.

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 women 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 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows (theatrically released in North America in October 2017)

“An exceptional program that starts off strong and only gets better as it goes, the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows overflows with charm, while containing more provocative observations about the nature of existence than most prestige feature films." John Defore, – The Hollywood Reporter

These 15 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world present compelling ideas about individuality, civil liberties, and our place in society and in the universe. Thoughtful, profound, and often very funny, this compelling and entertaining collection includes a newly restored version of the acclaimed classic short “The Hangman.”

• CAN YOU DO IT (Quentin Baillieux)
• TINY BIG (Lia Bertels)
• NEXT DOOR (Pete Docter)
• HANGMAN (Paul Julian & Les Goldman)
• THE BATTLE OF SAN ROMANO (Georges Schwizgebel)
• GOKUROSAMA (C Frère, A Gal, Y Meignien, A Mertz, R Migliorelli, R Salvini)
• ISLAND (Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel)
• UNSATISFYING (Parallel Studio)
• MY BURDEN (Niki Lindroth von Bahr)
• CASINO (Steven Woloshen)
• EVERYTHING (David OReilly)

(The on demand version of The 19th Show does not contain "Dear Basketball" featured in the original theatrical release.)

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

$9.99 if you use promo code CUBASOS

Available Fri June 19–Thu October 28, Virtual Screening Room

Watch Now ▶


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.


Park elsewhere and catch the HOP to campus

International Film Series

(Originally called The University Film Commission)
Established 1941 by James Sandoe.

First Person Cinema

(Originally called The Experimental Cinema Group)
Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.

C.U. Film Program

(AKA The Rocky Mountain Film Center)
First offered degrees in filmmaking and critical studies in 1989 under the guidance of Virgil Grillo.

Celebrating Stan

Created by Suranjan Ganguly in 2003.

C.U. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Established 2017 by Chair Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz.

Thank you, sponsors!
Boulder International Film Festival
Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Looking for a gift for a friend?
Buy a Frequent Patron Punch Card for $60 at any IFS show. With the punch card you can see ten films (a value of $90).

Virtual titles to stream from home

Cox & Kjølseth
: Filmmaker Alex Cox & Pablo Kjølseth discuss film topics from their own unique perspectives.

: Pablo and Ana share Zoom-based briefs on what's currently playing at IFS

Sprocket Damage
: Sprocket Damage digs deep(ish) into current and classic films and film-related subjects to bring to you insightful, humorous, and enlightening perspectives on the industry.

Search IFS schedules

Index of visiting artists