Animation pushes the envelope in international "Animation Show of Shows" at Little Cinema


PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema is presenting "The Animation Show of Shows" beginning at 4 and 7 p.m. today.

Additional screenings are 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Monday.

Curated by veteran animation producer Ron Diamond, "The Animation Show of Shows" has screened annually for 17 years at the top film studios and schools to inspire people in the animation industry and showcase emerging talent. This year, for the first time, "The Animation Show of Shows" is being screened in theaters for the general public.

The premiere animation festival features 11 new international shorts, highlighting techniques including hand-drawn, paint on glass, stop-motion, and computer-generated animation. The program also includes four short documentary portraits of directors and their creative process.

The films are the creations of animators from Australia, France, Ireland, the U.S., Russia, Switzerland, and Iran, and includes work from seven women directors or co-directors.

Program highlights include Russian animator Konstantin Bronzit's "We Can't Live Without Cosmos," which won top prizes at Annecy and Animafest Zagreb, as well as Academy Award-nominated director Don Hertzfeldt's newest film, "World of Tomorrow," which has garnered more than 20 awards, including grand jury prizes at Sundance and SXSW.


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