by GREG KING
For 16 years, The Animation Show of Shows has been created curated and presented by Ron Diamond to introduce new and innovative short films exclusively for animation studios, societies, schools, and festivals around the world.
The Animation Show of Shows is Ron’s vision to heighten the exposure for this extraordinary art form and entertainment platform and to allow international audiences to experience these in a theatrical environment with other peers that share the same passion for animation.
This extraordinary program of 11 films is created by animators from Australia, France, Ireland, the US, Russia, Switzerland, and Iran, with 7 films with women directors or co-directors, and many of which have garnered awards from distinguished festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Berlinale.
This will be the first theatrical release of this annual program, finally sharing these animation talents with a wider audience.
The 162 shorts that Ron has curated over the years include 14 Academy Award winners, as well as 37 nominees, and other films that have won major prizes at Cannes, Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa, and Berlin.
Now in it’s 17th year, animation expert Ron Diamond’s The Animation Show of Shows has screened annually for animation students and professionals from the top studios – and is now being screened for the general public for the first time at Melbourne’s Nova Cinemas from February 23 until March 2.
Greg spoke to Ron in Los Angeles to find out more about what we can expect from this special season of short animated films.