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Students, faculty invited to 19th annual Animation Show of Shows, a free screening of animated short films

19th annual show of shows

A special screening of the 19th annual Animation Show of Shows will be held Thursday, March 14, at 5 p.m. in 2550 Mell Classroom Building. The screening is free for all Auburn University students and faculty from all disciplines. The event will conclude with a moderated Q&A by Ron Diamond, curator and producer of The Animation Show of Shows.

Co-hosted by the Department of Art & Art History, School of Communication and Journalism and New Media Club, the Animation Show of Shows features the work of eight women directors in many of the 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S.

The program includes the extraordinary stop-motion musical “The Burden” from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr, grand-prize Cristal Award winner at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David OReilly's visually stunning “Everything,” based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts, and the 1964 classic “Hangman” by Paul Julian and Les Goldman, which was recently restored by The Animation Show of Shows, Inc. as part of its film preservation program, supported by grants from ASIFA Hollywood and The National Film Preservation Foundation. The Show also includes “Dear Basketball,” which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2018.

Registration is required. Ticketing and seating are on a first come, first served basis. Participants will receive an email confirming their registration. Register at

The schedule is as follows:

  • 5:00 p.m. - Opening remarks by Assistant Professor Sara Gevurtz, Department of Art & Art History
  • 5:05 p.m. - Introduction by Ron Diamond, curator and producer, The Animation Show of Shows
  • 5:15 p.m. - Screening of the 19th annual Animation Show of Shows
  • 6:50 p.m. - Q&A lead by Ron Diamond
  • 7:30 p.m. - Event concludes

Some films may contain mature themes and images some may find disturbing.

Questions? Contact Assistant Professor Sara Gevurtz.


The 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. For its first 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, 41 of the films showcased in the Show of Shows went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with 11 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. 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.

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