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An annual tour in which the world’s best animated short films are presented in one feature-length movie to audiences worldwide.
549 backers pledged $120,197 to help bring this project to life.

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There is something very special about animation. It makes us laugh, cry and feel in ways no other form of cinema can.

The Animation Show of Shows is an annual event in which the world’s best animated short films are presented in one feature-length movie to audiences worldwide. We bring animated short films to the big screen in theaters around the world, shining a spotlight on the brilliance of independent animators, and providing a moving cinematic experience for audiences.

Through the yearly event, independent animated short films by talented international directors are discovered on the big screen and written about in print and online press. Many of them are virtually unknown until the Show of Shows brings to light these compelling shorts.

In 2016, we’re seeking your help to raise the global profile of animated short films. With your support we can launch the 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows in many more theaters this fall, and take animation to an even wider audience.

Please support us and help spread the word.

In 1999, animation producer Ron Diamond started the Animation Show of Shows. He wanted to share with the wider animation industry the brilliant films he was discovering.

For 16 years, Ron built relationships with animation festivals, studios and leading college programs that enabled him to scout out talent to include in the show. He would then show the final product to the top animation studios, game and technology companies and schools, helping to create greater awareness of budding animators.

Then, in 2015, he felt it was time to take the show public. Becoming a 501(c)(3) non profit, The Animation Show of Shows raised $100,000 on Kickstarter, thanks to the generous support of nearly 900 industry professionals, students and fans of animation. This allowed The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows to premiere in 47 cities, in four countries, for a total of 435 showings.

 

The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows was the first of its kind, specifically curated for a wide audience and tailored to appeal to all ages. Its principal language is English, but with the help of dedicated international volunteers, it has been subtitled into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish and Russian.

We’re going to expand the release and reach out to increase our attendance. Our audiences loved the documentaries in the 17th Show, so we plan to make more for the upcoming 18th Show.

 

With your help, we will advance the world of short films, enhance the beauty of our world and give voice to poetic treasures of animated art.

Financial support

Be part of the team bringing this important project to the world by clicking on the “Back this Project” button in the top-right corner of this page.

As we build, we need everyone to participate. Some people can afford a few dollars and others far more. We encourage you to contribute to our effort so we can build our brand awareness and attract large enough audiences to allow us to be independent of crowdsourced funds.

Please support our mission by reaching out to friends and family who are sympathetic to this form of entertainment, and encouraging them to contribute as well. Can you think of three people who you feel might contribute to this campaign?

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Contributions are important, but building awareness is also very important. We need to build our audience. Please “like” and "share" our Facebook and Twitter posts, and share your comments so that we can understand what you love most about the world of animation. When your friends like what you’ve written, engage them and encourage them to participate and support the show. By working together, this campaign will be a huge success!

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

I've created 17 very successful programs and the 18th annual Animation Show of Shows promises to be just as strong. With adequate funding I will also be able to place the compilation of these films in more theaters along with the documentary profiles. My studio has the skill and experience to fully restore important animated films from the past that have been damaged, and again, funding is all that stands between us and successfully fulfilling our mission. I look forward to sharing these films with you.

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    STUDENT FILMS IN COMPETITION

    Stream Hand Picked EXCLUSIVE from the CalArts 2016 - "Bad Luck," the brilliantly funny animated student film by Quinne Larsen, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, Olga Sokal, Yotty Kim and Catherine Chai. This reward also includes CalArts student Thirla Algala’s beautifully designed film "The Cure of Farway Mountain." Receive by email a two-month HD streaming link.

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    LEGENDS OF ANIMATION

    The previous reward + We loved "Finding Nemo" and soon we’ll love Andrew Stanton’s newest Pixar classic "Finding Dory." Now you can discover his two brilliant CalArts student films, which the Motion Picture Academy re-mastered in HD and we cleaned and stabilized. See hints of his recent work in these hysterically funny films. PLUS "Hangman" EXCLUSIVE. We just located the lost 35mm camera original negative, missing for the last 17 years, it will be restored in glorious 4K digital! Thought you missed it last year, join us and see the new soon to be fully restored 1964 animated short film "Hangman." Receive by email a two-month HD streaming link.

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    INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    All of the previous rewards + FIRST INTERNATIONAL ACCESS See the entire theatrical version of "The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows" on line. PLUS Retain your FOUNDING MEMBER status in the non-profit The Animation Show of Shows and acknowledgment on our website. Receive by email a two-week HD streaming link, limited to 10 viewings.

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    WE ARE ALL ANIMATORS

    All of the previous rewards + EXCLUSIVE. Receive a special ASOS “ANIMATOR” passport protective cover, members only. The cover has “ANIMATOR” its translations in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. PLUS, EXCLUSIVE DVD RELEASE Be one of the very first to receive the priority copies of the theatrical release version of "The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows." Featuring the two Academy Award® nominated shorts World of Tomorrow "We Can’t Live Without Cosmos" and nine amazing award winning shorts and four documentaries. (97 mins. Unrated, in English, Region 0, NTSC) Provide your mailing address in our following survey and receive by regular mail.

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    BE SEEN WORLDWIDE

    All of the previous rewards + Your name on the big screen in the "The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows" end credits. You or your company will be credited as a backer and founding member of the not-for-profit Animation Show of Shows. One name only per contribution, please indicate exactly how you would like your name or company to appear before July 15, 2016.

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    FIRST IN LINE, ON LINE

    All of the previous rewards + Your exclusive advanced streamed viewing of "The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows." Receive by email a two-week HD streaming link.

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    INSIDERS ONLY

    All of the previous rewards + Two tickets to the Oscar qualification screening in a Los Angeles theater of "The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows" PLUS meet producer and creator Ron Diamond over coffee following the show for a personal talk back about the films. Three dates TBA in September 2016 + previous rewards. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the backers.

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    CELEBRATE IN STYLE

    All of the previous rewards + You and your guest are invited to celebrate the exclusive celebration of the new non-profit Animation Show of Shows with Ron and some of the animation world's top talents at a September 2016 party in Los Angeles.

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    ONE OF A KIND: HYKADE

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + Signed original RING OF FIRE or LOVE AND THEFT production art by German animator and artist, Andreas Hykade.

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    ONE OF A KIND: KRUMME

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + Signed original ROPE TRICK or PASSAGE production art by German animator and artist, Raimund Krumme.

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    ONE OF A KIND: ALKABETZ

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + Signed original RUBICON or YANKALE production art by Israeli animator and artist, Gil Alkabetz.

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    STAND UP AND STAND OUT FOR ANIMATION

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + “Special Thanks to" with up to two names listed on a single card in the closing credits of The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows.

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    FOREVER GREAT

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + With your gift to help restore the powerful 1964 film "Hangman," add your name to the closing credits, a 35 mm copy of which will be put on deposit with the Library of Congress and at the Academy Film Archive.

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    ONE OF A KIND: TILBY / FORBIS

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + Signed original WHEN THE DAY BREAKS or WILD LIFE production art by Canadian Academy Award® Nominees Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.

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    ONE OF A KIND: BARKER

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + Signed original THE CAT CAME BACK or STRANGE INVADERS production art by Canadian Academy Award® Nominee CORDELL BARKER.

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    AMONGST GIANTS

    All of the previous rewards up to the $1,000 level + Key Sponsor card grouped with the major animation studios in the closing credits of "The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows." Only one name or company per contribution, please indicate exactly how you would like your name or company to appear before July 15, 2016.

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