Eastern to Hold Screening of ‘Animation Show of Shows’

Written by Raven Dillon

WILLIMANTIC, CT (10/23/2018) The 19th annual “Animation Show of Shows” will show at Eastern Connecticut State University on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. The Animation Show of Shows is a traveling selection of the year’s best animated short films. The event is free and open to the public.

The Animation Show of Shows is a 93-minute selection of 16 internationally acclaimed animated shorts, curated and presented by Acme Filmworks founder Ron Diamond. It features animated shorts, selected for their originality, humor and intelligence.

The 19th Animation Show of Shows focuses on themes of humanity and global interconnectivity, and strives to have something for all audiences. These films include Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s Annecy Grand Prix-winning “The Burden,” a melancholy, funny and moving film that explores the tribulations, hopes and dreams of a group of night-shift employees.

Other program highlights include the Oscar-winning “Dear Basketball,” an animated poem by Disney veteran Glen Keane about Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant; Academy Award-winning director of Pixar Pete Docter’s 1990 CalArts student film “Next Door”; and “Casino,” the latest film from director Steven Woloshen, who, for some 30 years has been creating award-winning experimental films by drawing directly on film stock.

Over the past 19 years, 38 of the films showcased in past Animation Show of Shows have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations, with 11 winning Oscars. The Show has screened in more than 65 North American cities. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History.