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The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Brunswick, ME
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The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows
THE 20th ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS represents the work of artists from six countries and includes six student films. Funny, moving, engaging, and thought-provoking, THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS not only has something for everyone, but is a remarkable and insightful microcosm of our world.

The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Various directors
1hr 38mins

Fri Dec 21 | 3pm
Sat Dec 22 | 3pm, 7pm
Sun Dec 23 | 3pm, 7pm
Wed Dec 26 | 3pm
Thurs Dec 27 | 3pm, 7pm
Fri Dec 28 | 3pm, 7pm
Sat Dec 29 | 3pm
Sun Dec 30 | 3pm, 7pm
Wed Jan 2 | 3pm
Thurs Jan 3 | 3pm, 7pm

Returning to theaters across North America this fall, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world. In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this years show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face.

Animation is such a flexible and open-ended medium that it lends itself to exploring the innumerable aspects of what it means to be human, says founder and curator Ron Diamond. And this years program, as much as any of our past presentations, really illuminates human strengths and foibles, and the bonds that unite us across cultures and generations.

The show has a running time of 98 minutes and includes 15 films, four of which have qualified for Academy Award® consideration *. The complete lineup, in order of appearance, is:

The Green Bird * - Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen, Pierre Perveyrie, France
One Small Step * - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas, U.S.
Grands Canons - Alain Biet, France
Barry - Anchi Shen, U.S.
Super Girl - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
Love Me, Fear Me - Veronica Solomon, Germany
Business Meeting - Guy Charnaux, Brazil
Flower Found! - Jorn Leeuwerink, The Netherlands
Bullets - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
A Table Game - Nicolás Petelski, Argentina
Carlotta's Face - Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany
Age of Sail * - John Kahrs, U.S.
Polaris - Hikari Toriumi, U.S.
My Moon - Eusong Lee, U.S.
Weekends * - Trevor Jimenez, U.S.

The power of family ties, and specifically the enduring connection between parents and children, are sensitively evoked in Hikari Toriumis deeply affecting Polaris, about a young polar bear leaving home for the first time. One Small Step, Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworths inspiring story of a Chinese-American girls dream of being an astronaut, centers on her evolving relationship with her father. The beautifully designed Weekend, by Trevor Jimenez, explores the complex emotional landscape of a young boy and his recently divorced parents, as he shuttles between their very different homes and lives.

The darker side of relationships is forcefully explored in Veronica Solomons Love Me, Fear Me, a tour de force of claymation that uses dance to delve into the lengths people go to to deceive each other and try to pass for something theyre not. Eusong Lees My Moon takes a more cosmic and lighthearted approach to a troubled relationship, limning a celestial love triangle played out by the sun, the moon, and the earth.

Carlottas Face, by Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld, illuminates a different kind of relationship dysfunction in its sensitive portrayal of a woman who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, and her salvation through art.

Among the other program highlights are the very funny computer animation The Green Bird, winner of a 2018 Gold Student Academy Award® International Animation, which harks back to classic cartoons of the mid-20th century. Oscar-winning director John Kahrs Age of Sail, the latest in Googles series of Spotlight Stories, chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenage girl after she falls overboard. Alain Biets jaw-dropping Grand Canons is a dizzying symphonic celebration of everyday objects that uses finely detailed drawings created by the filmmaker. And two very short films, Supergirl and Bullets, take their inspiration from poems composed by surprisingly eloquent preschoolers.

*The producers of The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows advise parental discretion as one of the 15 animated short films has a chicken getting its head chopped off, and the last film has two dramatic dream scenes (shot of a tv has an accidental propellor beheading and another shot with a stumbling man ablaze.)

For 20 years, The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. Over the years, 38 of the films showcased in The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar®.

Founded and curated by producer Ron Diamond, THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is funded through private benefactors, including a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and animation studios. THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2015 for the express purposes of increasing public awareness of exemplary international animated shorts and restoring and preserving important short animations from the past.

** All tickets sales are final.  Frontier cannot refund or exchange already-purchased tickets.  If a show is subject to a cancellation, Frontier will notify you at the time we are made aware and provide a full refund through the portal in which you purchased your tickets. Please provide a current working phone number and/or email at the time of transaction.


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14 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States


Film > Movies

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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