Ron Diamond’s Animation Show of Shows 10/19/16




The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns for its second year in theaters with 12 charming family-friendly films. Highlights include “About a Mother,” a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” Disney/Pixar’s sweet “Piper,” and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey “Pearl” by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne. The show also features a late-night bonus of four provocative shorts exclusively for mature audiences.

This year’s show includes an expanded selection of fresh student films from leading animation schools in the U.S., Belgium, Canada, Korea and Russia. This is not surprising, since the most interesting and groundbreaking work is being done at these hotbeds of creativity.

Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 16 extraordinary films in this program were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, the U.K., and the U.S. Their themes range from gay issues and civil rights, to deeply felt personal stories, to the wacky humor that animation does so well. Many have garnered awards from prestigious festivals around the world.

For the first time this year, in addition to regular shows, there will also be a number of special daytime screenings specifically designed to be family-friendly and appropriate for viewers of six years and up. Those who attend the later evening screenings will have the opportunity to see four films – Corpus, Blue, Manoman and All Their Shades – that approach their mature subjects in more graphic detail.

Largely crowd-funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, this year’s Animation Show of Shows represents the enthusiasm and commitment of 550 individual contributors from around the world. We are extremely grateful for their support and it is thanks to them that we are able to share these treasures with the world.

For 16 years, The Animation Show of Shows, founded and curated by Ron Diamond, has been presenting new and innovative short films to animation studios, societies, schools and festivals around the world. Over the years, 32 of the films showcased in the Show of Shows went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with nine films winning the Oscar®. The only downside was that only a relatively small number of people, primarily in the professional animation community, had the opportunity to see these cinematic gems in a theatrical setting.

Then, in 2015, the 17th edition was expanded to include public screenings in cities around the world, allowing general audiences to experience these singular works of art on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen. This first public program was the biggest in the show’s history, including 435 screenings in 50 cities in the U.S., Canada, Spain, South Africa, and Australia. Also for the first time, the films were paired with revealing documentary portraits of a number of the directors that illuminated the motivation, process and experiences that led them to make their films.

 THE 18TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is curated by Ron Diamond and presented by Acme Filmworks. This showcase will premiere in Providence beginning on September 30th at the Cable Car Cinema and then will go to over 40 cities across the nation.
THE 18TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created for the expressed purpose of expanding awareness of exemplary animated Short Films and Animated Short Film restoration and preservation. Donations are tax deductible. Earnings from the distribution of the Animation Show of Shows will be used for the sustainability of our mission and compensate the participating animators/rights holders. More information is available at
THE 18TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is presented in two versions, Family Friendly (FAMILY 12) and Mature Audiences (BONUS 4). The FAMILY version features 12 films, ending after the short film “Exploozy.  The BONUS 4 version, features 16 films listed below. Both versions are unrated.
• Stems – Ainslie Hendersen (Scotland)
     • Shift – Cecilia Puglesi & Yijun Liu (U.S.)
     • Pearl – Patrick Osborne (U.S.)
     • Crin-crin – Iris Alexandre (Belgium)
     • Mirror – Chris Ware, John Kuramoto, Ira Glass (U.S.)
     • Last summer in the garden – bekky O’Neil (Canada)
     • Waiting for the New Year – Vladimir Leschiov (Latvia)
     • Piper – Alan Barillaro (U.S.)
     • Bøygen – Kristian Pedersen (Norway)
     • Afternoon Class – Seoro Oh (Korea)
     • About a Mother – Dina Velikovskaya (Russia)
     • Exploozy – Joshua Gunn, Trevor Piecham, & John McGowan (U.S.)
     • Corpus – Marc Héricher (France)
     • Blue – Daniela Sherer (Israel) (USC BA alum!)
     • Manoman – Simon Cartwright (England)
     • All Their Shades – Chloé Alliez (Belgium)

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31 thoughts on “Ron Diamond’s Animation Show of Shows 10/19/16

  1. Having the animation show of shows last night was great. I’m very interested in education, and the ways education can develop itself in order to influence a world always changing. Though Ron Diamond main objective isn’t education, the way the Show is though and presented helps to educate a public. It is a distribution system that thinks not only in the agents of the animation media, but also thinks about the general public interest and how to introduce them to other kinds of animations. That is, I think, a innovative way of education, the type of education that is out of he classroom and permeates everyday life. Sadly, there wasn’t enough time for talking and asking question as the most part of the seminar was spent seeing the shortfilms, that were great by the way. I’d love to see Ron again but this time talking about the distribution business, and the curator’s job that is, by itself, a particular way of art.


  2. I always love seeing Ron Diamond’s ‘Animation Show of Shows’. He curates such a great selection of animation and distributes it around the world – there are many pieces we’d never get to see if it wasn’t for him. I liked how he changed the format slightly this year, so there were still the documentary bits but not as many as there were in last year’s show. I really liked Kristian Pederson’s documentary before ‘Boygen’, to discuss what the Boyg is. It is something I believe many, if not all, of us have faced and dealt with, and continue to grapple with on a daily basis. The animation reminded me of something you would see in Fantasia, the style was very pretty. I loved the music for that piece and how the animation worked with it, the song is still stuck in my head today.

    With Bekky O’Neil’s piece, I was surprised to find out she didn’t know what the animation would look like until she was basically finished with it! What incredible talent. I really liked the colors she chose and her style of artwork. It was a pleasure to get to meet her and Kristian, and to ask them questions after the show. I wish them both success and can’t wait to keep up with what they create and do next.

    The overall selection of shorts were wonderful. I just tried to pick my favorite out of the show and couldn’t – many of them stuck with me.

    Thank you for coming in Ron, Kristian, and Bekky!


  3. This is my third year attending the Animation Show of Shows and it’s always an interesting experience. I find that though the style and subject matter of each film is vastly different from the next that I tend to like what I see with few exceptions. Ron does a phenomenal job of promoting independent animators and short form projects. It’s difficult, if impossible, to select a favorite film from the screening this year as there were so many good ones but I can’t help but lean towards the abstract visual music piece by Kristian Pedersen titled ‘Boygen’. Kristian was actually in attendance and it was insightful to hear him talk about the development of his project. Ron slated a short documentary about ‘Boygen’ right before it played during the screening. I have a slight problem with that because it’s basically holding the audience’s hand and telling them what to think about the piece before they’ve seen it. It defeats the purpose of abstraction which is to allude to reality while staying open to interpretation. I would have much rather seen the film first and then the short doc, leaving me a chance to craft my own interpretation before being told what the intent was. Kristian’s film definitely communicated the main theme well enough without the explicit reading of it. In all, it was a fun night of watching beautiful short films.


  4. It’s really impressive how Ron Diamond’s Animation show of shows demonstrates and arranges different experimental films from diverse countries. He constructs a wonderful platform for artists and filmmakers. Besides, I deeply moved by the documentation of animation artists and it is really helpful for figuring out the process they generated ideas and drove their creative process. I have to say Ron organizes and curates films and documentary of artist statements in the most efficient and brilliant way to let audiences gets immersed easily. When artists verbalized the experiences and motivations of themselves I can feel stronger emotional connection between artists and their works. Although audiences can feel that connection by viewing the film it selves, with the emphasis and analysis of documentation it can strengthen the points and background knowledges precisely from artists behind the films.
    Take the abstract visual music film “Boygen” as an example, this piece mainly visualize composer Erik Hedin’s recomposition of Edvard Grieg’s original music score. And that score is musical version of the poem about the battle between Peer Gynt and the Bøyg, known from Henrik Ibsen’s epic poem. So Kristian talked about that he went out and explored in the field to get inspiration and information. And he found out snake will change color contrast and slow down movement before attacking. In hence, all these subtle but powerful dynamics became ideal metaphoric elements to show the tension and predatorily features about battling.


  5. I have to say that all of the short films that night are excellent. I wish I can make a short film like that when I am graduate. So I am making efforts now. I like Piper and About a Mother best. First, I love something cute. The small bird is so adorable. If the director plan to publish some toys of the little bird, I would not forget to buy it! As for About a Mother, since I am so miss my parents now, so that film can really strike my heart. Mother love is great, is also disinterested, it immerses in all things on earth among, between full scope of operation. All in all, this Animation show is really wonderful and leave us full of happy memories.


  6. Wonderful films! Just can’t imagine that these beautiful, inspiring and edge-cutting films are in a single show. My like the VR one and the piper one the most. Both of them contain really advanced technology and really experienced work flow. These works inspired me all the time because they are combination of science and art. What’s more, the mother movie also moved me. Even thought it’s very simple in visual style, the story and emotion in it is so strong that a simple style can perfectly deliver that feeling of love and care. I appreciate that Ron can show us so many wonderful pieces and encourage us to do our own work. Sharing all of the brilliant works around the world is not easy, but worth the effort. Thank you so much for that!


  7. Well, that was a fun slew of animations to watch! Ron Diamond’s Animation Show of Shows did a good job at presenting a diverse range of animation for multiple tastes. Although I probably would have not watched all of them on my own time, it was still enjoyable to see the differing styles come together in one presentation. It was refreshing to see the mix of experimental, entertainment and expression based animations come together to celebrate the beauty of animated story telling. Animation Show of Shows is truly a reminder of animation’s ability to be flexible to each individual animator.


  8. The Animation Show of Shows is like a travelling art gallery. As with the pieces of most gallery exhibitions, some films really resonated with me while others were quickly forgotten. Nevertheless,I appreciated getting the chance to see all of them as the reel featured a wide range of creators, from large studios to student films. I also value the educational aspect of the Show of Shows — not in the sense of literally teaching the viewer about, say, science or grammar, but in that it can inspire someone to independently engage in research once they have left the theater. This is what happened to me as an undergraduate. I got to watch the Show of Shows as a senior, and was particularly struck by Cordell Barker’s “Runaway”. At that time, I had no idea I would want to pursue animation as a career. Even so, after seeing that short, I conducted my own Google searches on the animator and his past films, which broadened my understanding of the field of animation and also introduced me to the wonderful resource that is the National Film Board of Canada. It was great to see the Animation Show of Shows again, and I look forward to Ron Diamond’s next visit.


  9. It was my first time ever to attend the Animation Show of Shows and I was blown away by that wave of amazing animations from all around the world. We got to see a bunch of quality animations with many different styles, genres and mediums. Each of those films has it’s own strength and uniqueness that makes them stands out from each other. Watching them one after another was really fun. It was a really enjoyable one and a half hour. My favorite piece is “Pearl”. Along with such beautiful music and story telling, I was amazed by the magic of the advance technology that allow us to experience this wonderful film in VR. “Afternoon Class” is also one of my personal favorite for its style of telling the story.

    I would like to thank you Ron Diamond for gather these wonderful films and put them together. It was a great inspiration that encourage me to work even harder to create my personal work that can actually touch the audience like I was touch by those wonderful films.


  10. This show is so amazing, and all of the films give me many inspiration from different way. Like the Man o man, it is so incredible and I am so appreciate the director’s imagination and film’s making quality. The puppet is so stylized, and creates a wield but really powerful style. I also love the director’s plan about visualizing the devil inside, which helps the director to express story many. Piper, The Disney film is so high quality. I think the story is kindly simple, but the telling technology is amazing. The character’s performance and the storyboard design make that simple story to be so lovely and charming. We can see how a good concept design and high quality production helps making the a simple story to be also amazing! Also, I think the After Class is also a good example that how we use a simple idea to develop a interesting film. I believe almost all of us have that feeling when we study at school. But only this director has successively used this simple idea to show us how we feel and look like when we are so sleepy in class. It inspires me that any detail or simple thing in my life all has its value to be think and perhaps can be a principle of a great film. That is so helpful.
    Really appreciate for sharing us this incredible show!!! Thanks


  11. The Show of Shows is great in all respects. Ron is now a hero of mine because of his devotion and great support for independent animators. What a treat it was to have two of the filmmakers there with us to answer questions. I can now define what causes so much stress and depression in my personal growth as an artist–the Boyg.
    I especially enjoyed the last three films and am glad that Ron is not swayed by opinions about what films are appropriate, etc…Not only did I enjoy the narrative structure of Man O Man, but the design and puppets were unique and wonderfully insane.
    The big studio pieces had amazing dynamics and rendering, but in comparison to the indies in the show they felt regurgitated from the same storylines and ideas I find in the work they produce. When it comes down to the basics–there’s nothing there except a conservative idea of heart and corporate takes on what’s right and true in our fake society.


  12. Animation show of shows is like an oasis in the desert of commercialized culture of animation in USA. I really didn’t know about the show until I came to LA. I think what Ron Diamond do is something priceless. In these two years that I saw him he was so motivated and passionated about his show and animation in general. There are little opportunities for people in the world to watch short animation so in my consideration what Ron do is bringing the unknown essence of animation as an art to public and try to reconcile between independent animation and industry. I liked this year show more than last year due to more variety and less conservative selection of the works. Although I prefer to watch more independent animations from around the world rather than watching Pixar and Disney shorts in the show.


  13. Thanks a lot for Ron Diamond to bring all those excellent films, the 18th Animation Show of Shows is amazing. I really appreciate all the work Ron did for the expressed purpose of expanding awareness of exemplary animated Short Films. And I admire his passion for bringing public attention to the work of the world’s greatest independent animators. Especially His efforts to promote their work on a regular basis. I really like the piece “Pearl” made by Patrick Osborne, it showed us the beautiful relationship between a daughter and a father through the lends of a car. I like the way it showed on a big screen, and I don’t believe a short like this is any better in VR than it would have been if Patrick had animated it traditionally, choosing the framing from shot to shot.


  14. Man oh man was Simon Cartwright’s “Manoman” appalling! I was disgusted. Horrified. Offended. I LOVED IT! We are only just starting to address what it means to live in a world of social media and this, to me, served as a perfect metaphor. The internet provides fertile grounds for people to be their most primal, reckless selves and it can be easy to find yourself pulled into the rabbit hole of reading hateful argumentative threads. As I see it, the primal man represented the viral content and big-time internet personalities whose gravitational pull uproots you from thoughtful reading and draws your eyes onto something far uglier. How do you look away? In the last year, I realized I got pulled out of my orbit of daily news reading and found myself reading Facebook trending topics. Though they dealt with some new-breaking stories, they were primarily manifested through internet arguments between polarized not-so-informed thinkers. It took me about a week to realize that I had inadvertently replaced my routine of legitimate news-reading with Facebook stories and I have some friends who, even more politically inclined than me found themselves in a similar place. Facebook recently changed this feature to read less like a headline and more like Twitter’s trending topics so I take this to mean they were pushed to consider their impact and responsibility.

    I could go on for a while talking about the shorts I loved and how excited I was to see The New Yorker feature’s “Mirror” in the show (I love what New Yorker has been doing with animation and interactive media lately) but I’ll save that for real life discussion because “Manoman” has reinstilled my slight internet aversion. I really appreciate the extent to which Ron Diamond is a champion of animation. It really means a lot that he makes so many sacrifices to get the word out for these artists and I can’t thank him enough for doing all the work that he does. I have to say, however, that I think he could go about acknowledging the sacrifices he makes in a far better way. It’s deeply important for audiences to know what goes into putting a show like this together and that it is created with the artist’s interest in mind. It is also important for audiences to know that Ron Diamond see to it that the ARTISTS eat before he does. These are things that certainly must be acknowledged. I think Ron Diamond emphasized the struggle of putting this show together a little more than he emphasized the tremendous feat he is undertaking in producing something so much bigger than himself. I think audiences respond best to positivity– PARTICULARLY when money donations are the subject at hand. Focusing too much on the struggle makes it hard for potential patrons to feel motivated and keep the big picture in mind. It can also make them worry that the person championing the cause might be getting tired. Certainly, Ron has proved himself to have tremendous endurance with the number of ASOS he has put together– he should celebrate this with us and rally audiences into a collective cheer! Lastly, I thought it was very poor form to joke about the presumed wealth of the audience in the room. It is certainly true that this is an issue in our country and universities that needs to be addressed– the disparity is bad. However, joking about the fact that members in your artist audience have more means than others in the same sentence as discussing the need for art patrons does a terrible thing to morale. Bringing up this idea pits people against one another; it encourages students to independently judge one another’s worth and deserving and ventures into the territory of a Lord of the Flies university sequel. In follow-up to one of the artist’s talking about funding, Ron jokingly asked if anyone in the room had a trust fund. Nobody laughed at this joke and the reason to me is clear: the joke set up tension without any promise or route for release. As I see it, drawing attention to this kind of thing in this kind of way is destructive and a political faux pas.

    Maria Popova has a commencement address about why it is important to resist self-comparison and cynicism. I could be wrong, but I suspect motivational tones like these are far better at motivating people to support and donate to your cause. Regardless, I would personally much rather empower my audiences rather than leave them feeling cynical.

    Here’s a link to the address!

    Final words: I may feel strongly about that criticism there but it certainly doesn’t reflect my great respect for Ron. I think he is a big-hearted creative visionary and, as an artist, I’m thankful to inhabit the world with someone as generous and thoughtful as he is.


  15. It’s always a joy to see the Animation Shows of Shows. It is inspiring to watch variety of different taste of animation from all different parts of the world. I personally have three Show of Shows DVD box sets at home that I play through when I feel like I am in a creative block. I appreciate how Ron adds strange animation into the mix too. Even though the film Man o’ Man was disturbing, the film resonated with me, I feel like it is relatable metaphor for the current political atmosphere. I find it’s true how short films have the ability to give a emotional impact.


  16. Yay! Animation Show of Shows! This is my second time watching this show – and it’s always so pleasing to watch the films that Ron Diamond curated, diverse theme and technique, but all of them are so well made.
    I love there is some documentary that explaining what the animations mean to directors, and how they made them etc etc.. It’s really nice to know their thoughts and working process.
    It’s always so good to know there is a show for independent animators – so refreshing and inspiring!

    Thank you Ron for coming and sharing great films.


  17. What a great chance to watch all of the amazing animations. I admire what he is working for. I was inspired by great works but also his ultimate goal of this event. It reminds me of one of the reason why I came to America. When I went to a exhibition by Korean artists, I felt shamed the quality of most of works from there. I wished they did not use the name of my country. So I thought I would help more talented indie artists and open a great Exhibition with the title of Korea when I was succeed in America. The reason why he is supporting indie animators would be different, but I think he is doing great work that I also want to do.

    Thank you for showing us great works.

    PS: I wish I had enough money then I could buy all of DVDs…..


  18. The Animation Show of Shows is a celebration of animation, and its creators, in all of its/their diverse, beautiful forms. For animators, I love that this exists as a platform where independent artist, large studio, and everyone in between can come together to showcase and appreciate each other’s work on a level playing field. For the outside world, I love that the Show of Shows gives people an opportunity to glimpse the art of animation in its depth beyond the box office or standard tv show.

    My list of personal favorites from this year’s show were (in no particular order):

    “Sprouts” – A stop motion about stop motion. The characters took on a life of their own in a way I found elegant and poetic.

    “Boygen” – The most memorable to me of all the films. An abstract visual music piece that I actually understood, which was kind of an “a-ha!” moment for me about how powerful the abstract can be. Dark, brooding, chilling – amazing command of atmosphere. Incredible music score.

    “Piper” – I’ve seen this short a few times and cry every time for two reasons: Piper’s adorableness levels are off the charts and Pixar’s commitment to excellence is abundantly evident in every aspect from story to texture shader.

    “All Their Shades” – Very graphic style, loved the character design. Brilliant use of humor and narrative structure to communicate important social issues.


  19. The films this year are amazing! The Stems from Ainslie Henderson is my favorite. I watched his another film “Moving On” before and I think he is getting better and better. He is very good at using simple elements to tell moving stories or ideas. I watched the Pearl in VR before but I also love this edited one. It helps me to focus on the details that I missed when I watched at the first time. The Afternoon Class described exactly how it feels to try to wake up in the afternoon class. It reminds me my high school life and I have no idea how I survive from those days. The one thing is that I prefer to watch the documentary after the film so I can be more focus on the story first, and ready for the introduction from the film makers. I actually love every film at some points and I will recommend some friends to the show. I will love to pay my own ticket to the show next year, too!


  20. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of great animations that were screened in this year’s collection! Definitely a large improvement from the somewhat lackluster 17th Show of Shows. Great addition of stop motion films. One of my favorite animations, Afternoon Class, made me laugh out loud and smile so hard I felt the smile would never be unhinged. Seoro Oh expertly used various animation styles to communicate a universal feeling that many students can identify with, though perhaps a more apt title would be Early Morning Class. Pearl made me cry because it perfectly expressed the innocence and unconditional love of children for their parents. I can’t imagine it as a VR piece. It seems like the story would fall apart if the audiences’ eyes weren’t guided. Crin – Crin is worth mentioning for the amazing payoff at the end, and About a Mother seems like a classic. It’s simple story and perfectly timed animation could hold its own not only in the pool of today’s animations, but also the classics of the past and I’m sure future animations that have yet to be created. I want to end by thanking Ron Diamond and Sheila for bringing these inspirational animations to USC!!!


  21. I loved this year’s Show of Shows. I think it’s safe to say that I genuinely enjoyed each of the films presented, which I haven’t always been able to say. I found Boygen to have an especially strong impact on me, especially because I’m not usually a big fan of abstract animation or visual music. There was something about the dark, brooding and icy atmosphere that simply captured my attention on a primal level. Pearl was another stand-out film for me. The camera work and editing was so well done and had such an emotional impact, that I have trouble imagining it as a VR piece where the viewer gets to decide on the composition.

    Thank you Ron Diamond for showing us such inspirational films!


  22. The Animation show of shows is an event where Ron Diamond has brought together short animation films ranging from well known studios to individual work. What i really liked about Diamond’s animation short selection is that he didn’t favor one technique over the other. The selection ranged from stopmotion, 3d animation and even VR. The whole presentation was a rollercoaster of emotion because one film tugged on your heart strings while another was disturbing and made you feel uncomfortable. I really respect Diamond’s drive to have the short animation films be seen by the public. As an animation students, people like Diamond are important because it is a great way to have the films seen besides online.


  23. This is one of my most favorite presentations yet. I think it’s absolutely a wonderful idea to have a traveling show that features short films otherwise often hidden from many audiences. The variety of film choices proved very effective in conveying and covering many different topics and concepts. Some of the films that really stood out to me were “Stems” by Ainslie Henderson, “Pearl” by Patrik Osborne, “Piper” by Alan Barillaro, “About a Mother” by Dina Velikovskaya, and “All Their Shades” by Chole Alliez. “About a Mother” resonated with me especially because, being so far from home for so long, it was a feeling and experience that hit close to home. It made me want to go home and call my family and ask about how they were doing. I think this is an inspiring program and I’m looking forward to the next show of shows!


  24. I really enjoyed the show of shows. There are tons of amazing animation film here. I like the Waiting for the New Year the most. The watercolor pieces are really pretty. Because I’m the watercolor person as well, I like doing some watercolor illustration in my spare time. When the film started, I has been attracted deeply. Also I like the story as well. For my perspective, I think the a warm story match the watercolor perfectly.
    There is another film “Afternoon Class” I need to mention. Because it’s super funny. The humor point hitted me a lot. I had kind of same experiences when I was in high school, I always feel sleepy during the afternoon class, so I really know how it feel. Director used parabolic ways to describe that when people get sleepy they will feel the head is too heavy. It’s very successful to make audiences laughing.
    Then I wanna say, a Pixar film and a Disney film are gorgeous! I have watched Piper in cinema, the first time I have saw it, I feel the how advance technique they have to make the animation film so real, the light, the texture, the movement, everything are convinced. The second time I saw it in Show of Shows, I focus on the story more. The rhythm of the story is perfect, I immersed a lot. And the character design was successful and as cute as it’s personality. I hope it can be a long film because I wanna watch more. And Disney one is really funny as well. The concept design of the brain and body system remind me of Inside Out. I really enjoy these theme like making something inside our body alive. It can help us understand ourselves more.
    Pearl and About a Mother, these two film made me missing my parents a lot. And Last Summer in the Garden is very sweet make me think about the feeling of staying with lover.
    I really appreciate Ron bringing these amazing film to us. Thanks a lot. And I badly looking forward the Show of Shows next year!


  25. Ron Diamond’s Famous Show of Shows! Always a great pleasure to see someone as enthusiastic about short films as Ron. The films he has selected this year are fantastic. Great work. I look forward to seeing them again. Ron is such a great motivator for animators, and can really work magic at film festivals as well. I can attest to this at Annecy this past summer. I got into some great shows directly linked to his influence and ingenuity. Thank you Ron your presentation was superb.


  26. I really enjoyed the Show of Shows as it looks like there is quite a wide range of styles in the selection this year. My favourite is Man oh Man, I am not sure if the “political” reason is the only reason Ron chose to show this film, personally I think it is much more than that. I believe this film could be shown at any time of the year, and years later because I felt deeply connected to the characters, to the fascinating reality that one would just let his desire completely takes over, and to the darkest reality and consequences that he has to face afterwards. I think the film shows the true side of humanity, of who we are as people if we ever let ourselves go, I cherish the fact that it commented on the ugly, shallow but natural desire that hides deep down in everyone’ heart. I appreciate that Show of Shows was able to include this film, and thank you Ron for curating the show and for the presentation.


  27. So there’s a LOT to saw on this particular class, so I will just give a short opinion on some that stuck out to me in a positive way. I will admit I did not like Manoman, and it took me a long time to come to that conclusion. But I would rather not talk about why I feel that way, and talk more about the many positive works in the list.

    Stems –
    WONDERFUL piece about the love of animation. It made me want to get up and start making stop motion, and I’m not even a stop motion animator. It was a charming piece of documentary and animation combined.

    I adored this piece. It was simple, and illustrative in many aspects. However, it got the point of the story across without taking away from the voice. The voice was the star in this, so animating to it could either distract or illuminate. This piece managed to do the later in it’s simplicty.

    Last Summer in the Garden –
    Nice to see a student film here, especially one that embraces more hand drawn experimentation. It was a very sentimental little piece, however I am biased to say if there are going to be students films on the list why not Alicja’s?

    Bøygen –
    This piece was my favorite. Yes, it was simple in a way. I don’t think the piece needed the documentary to explain the piece, but I appreciated the documentary all the same. Not only do I strongly relate to that feeling, I felt the way Kristian Pedersen conveyed the idea to be very inspiring. His creative process was perhaps as interesting as the piece itself.

    I adored this chilling piece. Truly breathtaking visuals, with some chilling undertones. We are organic machines, it’s frightening yet fascinating to think of that – as well as perhaps the randomness to how our bodies work.

    Inner Workings
    Another great piece by pixar with strong character animation that I am sure I will be studying in the future.


  28. The Animation Show of Shows is like a travelling art gallery. As with the pieces of most gallery exhibitions, some films really resonated with me while others were quickly forgotten. Always a great pleasure to see someone as enthusiastic about short films as Ron. The films he has selected this year are fantastic. Thanks a lot. And I badly looking forward the Show of Shows next year!


  29. Thank you, Ron Diamond, for bring so many amazing animation to us.
    One of the animation, Afternoon Class, did catch my eyes. I really like how the director manipulate his excellent animation skill. Although the story line is simple, but the strong performance in character is the star in this film.
    Another piece, Pearl, is really great. After watching this animation, I realized that how art bring out the sparks by combining advance technology, VR. I found the story talking about love and the song are really charming for this work.


  30. Thank you Ron, great show! I really appreciated such a big variety of animation he picked this year. The music based VR piece really blowed my mind. Piper has such a stunning realistic looking, the animation of Afternoon Class is really cool, and this piece resonated my high school memory a lot. About a Mother is my personal favorite piece, the story is quite simple straight forward but super strong. Manoman has such a weird and crazy vibe which I love a lot, besides the lighting looks amazing! Anyway, really enjoyed this big show, very inspiring !!!


  31. New “show of the show”!!! I often say to my friends, this is my “charging time”. My favorite one is the new short film of PIXAR, is a perfect combination of high technology and art, a near perfect work, but also my goal.


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