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22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows news story

September 28, 2023

22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows

New Orleans Convention Center

900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans

September 28, 2023
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

After a two-year Covid hiatus, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns to LSU this fall. This 22nd edition comprises 10 films -- nine recent, along with one restored classic -- which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranges from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer-aided.

Free tickets are available on Eventbrite.

We are pleased to welcome on zoom Jo Meuris the director of Aurora. The animation is about a little girl who falls in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora. A bittersweet story about love, friendship, and growing up. The director will take questions at the end of the showing.

We are also pleased to welcome Patrick Smith, the director of Beyond Noh. His animated short includes A rhythmic animation of 3475 individual masks from all over the world.

“Animation is a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and deeply felt concerns, and the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has always strived to scour the world for the most affecting and engaging films,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “While the recent films were conceived and some finished, before the Covid lockdowns, all but the most abstract display a concern with the ways in which we are all interconnected...or sadly alienated from our sense of human connection.”

This general issue appears in many forms and styles: While "Beyond Noh" cleverly shows the prevalence of masks through all cultures, and "Rain” humorously explores the dangers of groupthink, "Ties" takes the notion of connectedness from the metaphorical to the actual.

The nine new films come from Europe, Asia, and North America. The program culminates with a striking restored 4K digital remaster by the Academy Film Archive of Frederic Back's classic 1987 Oscar-winner, "The Man Who Planted Trees."

This year's films are: Beyond Noh -- Patrick Smith/Kaori Ishida (U.S./Japan) Empty Places -- Geoffroy de Crecy (France) Empty Places -- Geoffroy de Crecy (France) Beseder (Good and Better) -- Gil Alkabetz (Germany) Zoizoglyphe -- Jeanne Apergis (France) Zoizoglyphe -- Jeanne Apergis (France) Rain (Deszcz) -- Piotr Milczarek (Poland) Average Happiness -- Maja Gehrig (Switzerland) Aurora -- Jo Meuris (U.S.) Aurora -- Jo Meuris (U.S.)= Yes-People -- Gísli Darri Halldórsson (Iceland) Ties -- Dina Velikovskaya (Germany/Russia) The Man Who Planted Trees -- Frederic Back (Canada)