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21st Annual Animation Show of Shows
December 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm$16.00
Tickets are $15.00 General Admission, $16.00 at the door.
Kids 13 & under $8.00, $9.00 at the door.
Parents please note: This program is not rated and contains no profanity or sexual situations, however some material/themes may be challenging for kids under 13. Parental discretion is advised.
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 Preservation Hall! Featuring 11 films from seven countries, the 2019 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.
For 21 years, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting a highly selective program of new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. During its first 20 years, 40 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.
“Animation is an incredibly versatile medium that allows artists to explore situations and ideas that you won’t see anywhere else,” says ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS founder and curator Ron Diamond. “From political and philosophical concerns, to the complexities of individual identity and personal relationships, animated short films are uniquely able to capture the many facets of human experience.”
THE 21ST ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has a running time of 87 minutes and includes 11 films, four of which have qualified for Academy Award® consideration†. The complete lineup is:
Kids † – Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach, Austria
Rubicon – Gil Alkabetz, Germany
Portrait of Gil Alkabetz (Rubicon) – Marta Trela Germany
Airship of Unknown Direction – Alexandra Galitskova, Russia
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 † – Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic
The program also includes two mini-documentaries about the creative process featuring Alkabetz and Amit Cohen & Ido Shapira (Hounds).
A note from Ron Diamond, producer of the festival:
“Generally, I program the show for teens and adults of all ages, but knowing young kids will respond to it. I want to spark conversation between people, kids and parents, people on a date, friends hanging out, everyone! People will cry in this show, some more than once, they may feel uncomfortable, they will laugh, we may discover a trigger, it’s impossible to know what will effect our audiences. The show is designed to sit through all the way, it starts strong and it ends stronger. Sometimes the program is reflective but always enriching.
Someone mentioned to me recently that she saw it at college and her mother noted it was playing nearby at Plaza Arts in Patchogue and insisted it be a family holiday outing. A recalcitrant teen brother was having nothing to do with it but Mom was not taking no for an answer, so they all trooped off as a family to the theater and that brother turned completely around when he saw The Burden (the signing Swedish Fish musical from The 19th Show) apparently he still can’t stop talking about it. It brought the family together for that holiday and connected him in important ways to his family. This is my desire for each show, to expose the uninitiated and to get the informed to return and have a good and meaningful time!”