Thanks to you this project WILL be funded tonight! We've reached our stretch goal of $107,000, which will allow us to match ASIFA Hollywood's $7,000 grant and fully restore the important 1963 film Hangman.
Pledges beyond the $107,000 level will underwrite a series of documentary films about animators. The first film will feature Konstantin Bronzit.
I'm Ron Diamond, and I've devoted the past 16 years to sharing the very best animated short films by the world's top animators with students and industry professionals through the Animation Show of Shows.
It’s so important to me that these brilliant films are viewed, and not just by the animation community but by filmgoers everywhere.
I’m here on Kickstarter to fund an expanded program to preserve great films, underwrite the program I present to the animation community, and entertain and reach many of you - people outside the animation community who love a great film. Here’s what you’re supporting with your pledge:
INSPIRE YOUNG ARTISTS WITH THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS
I’ve personally underwritten about two-thirds of the costs for the Animation Show of Shows — that’s more than $100,000 every year. That’s just not something I can continue to do, so I created a non-profit 501(c)3 organization so you can support this popular program with a tax-deductible gift.
The new non-profit status also allows me to apply for foundation grants and matching gifts from employee programs.
I do get honorariums from schools and generous support from the following animation studios: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Google ATAP, Illumination Entertainment, Paramount Pictures Animation, DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Laika, Sony Pictures Animation, Walt Disney Television, and Walt Disney Toon Studios.
With your generous support I can close the funding gap and continue to inspire professional animators and students with the very best of the year’s films.
CREATE PROFILES OF TOP ANIMATORS
Here's a nice example of the kind of portrait I want to bring you and the level of work produced in my studio. It's about Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit, whose animated short film Father & Daughter won the Oscar in 2000.
In the coming months I’ll produce several documentary profiles of the animators who are selected for the 17th annual Animation Show of Shows. I just returned from a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, where we filmed the first of this year’s documentary profiles featuring animator Konstantin Bronzit, who created the brilliant film We Can't Live Without Cosmos.
These short profiles will give you a context to better understand the filmmakers and their films.
The money we raise here beyond our minimum goal will underwrite the cost of these films, and I’ll provide a detailed budget once we go beyond the minimum funding goal.
BRING ANIMATED SHORT FILMS TO THE PUBLIC
My ultimate goal is to create new distribution opportunities to bring the best animated shorts to large screens, where they were meant to be viewed.
I'm delighted to report that the first of the films I'm announcing for the upcoming public release is We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, which was featured at private screenings of the Animation Show of Shows this past year.
Cosmos is a joyous and funny and ultimately very touching film about friendship and loneliness, but it’s also fresh and unexpected. I love this brilliant film, and when I watch it I want everyone to be able to see it and be inspired.
RESTORE BRILLIANT OLDER FILMS
By reaching our stretch goal of $107,000 we will be able to match a grant from ASIFA Hollywood to fully restore Hangman, a powerful 1964 film that I found in the Library of Congress. It has never been properly preserved photo-chemically in 35mm and in high resolution format.
You can see the poor quality in the video above. Compare that to the original colors in the still.
My goal with this new non-profit is to continue to raise funds to enable me to seek out important animated works, and restore, preserve and share them with the world. That also includes brilliant student films by major directors like Inside Out director Pete Docter!
SUPPORT ANIMATION WITH YOUR PLEDGE
It pains me to think that without my program many of these films would rarely get seen outside of festivals. These are films you don’t often see because it's difficult for the big distributors to package and market them.
But in order to undertake this ambitious program I need your support.
Through the non-profit Animation Show of Shows I will be able to further expand the audiences for these brilliant animated films and their creators and foster an appreciation and an awareness for them. This will allow us to seek support from foundations and further advance our mission: To preserve, restore and share the wonderful world of animated short films.
Risks and challenges
I've created 16 very successful programs and the 17th 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 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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