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The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows (2022)

Opens on January 1

Director: Various Run Time: 88 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

About the films:

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 ranging from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer-aided.

Featuring a curated selection of “the best of the best” animated short films created by students and professionals around the world, this year’s program culminates with the Academy Film Archives’ striking restoration of Frederic Back’s The Man Who Planted Trees, which competed for the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

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 Program

Beyond Noh (2020) | Patrick Smith, Kaori Ishida | United States, Japan

Empty Places (2020) | Geoffroy de Crecy | France

Beseder (Good and Better) (2020) | Gil Alkabetz | Germany

Zoizoglyphe (2021) | Jeanne Apergis | France

Rain (Deszcz) (2020) | Piotr Milczarek | Poland

Average Happiness (2019) | Maja Gehrig | Switzerland

Aurora (2020) | Jo Meuris | United States

Yes-People (2019) | Gísli Darri Halldórsson | United States

Ties (2019) | Dina Velikovskaya | Germany, Russia

The Man Who Planted Trees (1987) | Frederic Back | Canada

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Ohio Arts Council
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Campus Partners
National Endowment for the Arts
CD 92.9 FM
G&J Pepsi
WOSU Public Media


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