An awe-inspiring compilation of 11 award-winning short films tours the Bay Area this month as part of the 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows. This one-of-a-kind event opens in three theaters across Northern California. First stop was San Francisco’s Vogue Theatre last weekend, then on to Berkeley’s Elmwood Theater this weekend, followed by Larkspur’s Lark Theater on October 30.

These outstanding short animated films typically go only to the animation studios, film schools and Hollywood studios. Fortunately, thanks to curator Ron Diamond, these films are being released into theaters for public viewing. There are 11 eclectic international shorts, including standouts such as 2015 Sundance and SXSW winner ‘World of Tomorrow’ by Don Hertzfeldt, and a recipient of 40 festival awards, “We Can’t Live Without The Cosmos” by Konstantin Bronzit.

See further below for the full lineup of films.

This feature-length program has been curated by veteran animation producer Ron Diamond, who for more than 16 years handpicked unique, innovative, animated films from around the globe to present exclusively to studios, societies, schools and festivals. Approximately 29 of the films showcased in previous Animation Show of Shows received Academy Award nominations, with nine films winning an Oscar.


Films include:

  • “The Story of Percival Pilts,” created by Janette Goodey & John Lewis, Australia
  • “Tant de Forets,” created by Geoffrey Godet & Burcu Sankur, France
  • “Snowfall,” directed by Conor Whelan, Ireland
  • “Ballad of Holland Island House,” created by Lynn Tomlinson, USA
  • “Behind the Trees,” created by Amanda Palmer and Avi Ofer, USA
  • “We Can’t Live Without The Cosmos” created by Konstantin Bronzit, Russia
  • “Messages Dans L’Air,” created by Isabel Favez, France/Switzerland
  • “Stripy,” written and directed by Babak Nekooei & Behnoud Nekooei, Iran
  • “Ascension,” written and directed by Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, Florian Vecchione, France
  • “Love in the Time of March Madness,” directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, USA
  • “World of Tomorrow,” directed by Don Hertzfeldt, USA