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Animation Show of Shows


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Animation Show of Shows, founded and curated by producer Ron Diamond, has been presenting new and innovative short films to animation studios, societies, schools, and festivals for 20 years.
The 2018 program presents 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world. Films include Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s Annecy Grand Prix–winning The Burden, a melancholy, funny, and moving film that focuses on the tribulations, hopes, and dreams of a group of night-shift employees, as well as David OReilly’s playful and profound Everything, based on the work of late philosopher Alan Watts. The film explores the interconnectedness of the universe and the multiplicity of perspectives that underlie reality.
Animated short films presented, in order of appearance:
Can You Do It, Quentin Baillieux, France
Tiny Big, Lia Bertels, Belgium
Next Door, Pete Docter, United States
The Alan Dimension, Jac Clinch, United Kingdom
Beautiful Like Elsewhere, Elise Simard, Canada
Hangman, Paul Julian and Les Goldman, United States
The Battle of San Romano, Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland
Gokurōsama, Clémentine Frère, Aurore Gal, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, Romain Salvini, France
Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, United States
Island, Robert Löbel and Max Mörtl, Germany
Unsatisfying, Parallel Studio, France
My Burden, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden
Les Abeilles Domestiques (Domestic Bees), Alexanne Desrosiers, Canada
Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon, Tomer Eshed, Germany
Casino, Steven Woloshen, Canada
Everything, David OReilly, United States
The Animation Show of Shows (2018; 93 min.) is not rated, but is recommended for audiences age 6 and up. Films may contain mature themes and some disturbing images.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard and the Harvard Art Museums.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Seating will begin at noon.
Free admission, but seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.