Furry fans of indie animation, the Animation Show of Shows deserves your attention.
by Patch O'Furr
Co written by Patch and Fred Patten.
Happy Pride month! Check out this short animation, Flamingo Pride. It screened in the 2012 annual Animation Show of Shows, an international touring festival. Read on about why the festival deserves your attention, and what this means to furries.
Ron Diamond, producer of The Animation Show of Shows, contacted Fred Patten:
Dear Fred, I want to thank you for the great write up on The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows. I was delighted about the kindness you extended to me and the filmmakers in covering an otherwise unorthodox medley of quirky international animated shorts. I’d be grateful if you can share this with your readers, to help build awareness of alternative animation that has a message that pleases and inspires. Warm regards, Ron
The 2016 Animation Show of Shows will be the 18th annual edition. Fred has previously reviewed it for various animation websites (here’s reviews from 2013 and 2015.) Diamond is president of Acme Filmworks, an animation studio in Los Angeles that produces animated TV commercials in a wide variety of styles. His curation of the Animation Show of Shows is well known. It consists of about a dozen short films, some from big studios like Disney and Pixar, but most by independent animators and students from colleges around the world. Most or all are prize winners at international festivals. Many have gone on to win next year’s Academy Award Oscar in the Short Film (Animated) category. They show Diamond’s stellar record for predicting success.
Up to now, Diamond has shown this festival at major animation studios and animation colleges mostly in North America, but also in some other countries with large studios or chapters of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation; the International Animator’s Association). Now Diamond is trying to raise enough funding through a Kickstarter campaign to get it into theaters where it can be seen by the public.
What does it have to do with furry fandom?