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Monday, Sept. 22, at Dolby Labs in SF
100 Potrero Ave. 7:00 pm, free,
Arrive early to sign in at the guard’s desk
ASIFA-SF Members Only.  Limit 1 guest as this is a small theatre
Not a member?  Visit for membership information

Friday, Sept. 26 at San Jose State University
Morris Dailey Auditorium, 7:00 pm, free, RSVP to Animation Show of Shows website and click on upcoming shows or
Need directions?

The program includes Disney’s FEAST (opens with the animated feature Big Hero Six, Nov. 2014) and Pixar’s LAVA (opens with Pete Docter’s animated feature Inside OutJune 2015).  Also included are 365 by Greg and Myles McLeod (they created 365 one-second films chronicling a year of their work), Torill Kove’s ME AND MY MOULTON, Disney animator Glen Keane’s directorial debut DUET (produced by Google), Mikey Please’s stop motion tour de force MARILYN MYLLER (produced by Google), the Hiroshima 2014 Grand Prix winner THE BIGGER PICTURE by NFTS graduate Daisy Jacobs, Julien Bisaro’s haunting first professional film BANG BANG and Konstantin Bronzit’s WE CANT LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS.  (Bronzit got an Academy Award nomination for Lavatory Lovestory. Closing the program will be Piotr (Crime and Punishment) Dumala’s transformative HIPOPOTAMY, It explores the bestial behavior of one of nature’s most dangerous creatures, but in this allegory the beasts are represented in human form.  Additional shorts may be added to the program.  Running time will be about 100 minutes.

DVD’s of past Animation Show of Shows shorts will be offered for sale, $5 EACH (3 shorts per DVD)
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Wednesday, September 10, 7 PM
SF State, Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg. room 101, free


They are heads of story on Sony’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2. They will show some of their great animated SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE  comedies   JOURNEY TO THE DISNEY VAULT. AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO, SADDAM AND OSAMAHOT DATE  made for WHEEL OF FORTUNE  and their new musical comedy for HBO, MY DEPRESSION: THE UP AND DOWN AND UP OF IT.  It stars the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Fred Armisen and Dan Fogler.  Please RSVP to

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Picture This: Classic Children’s Books on Film at PFA

Noisy Nora

Picture This gathers over twenty charming  children’s books film adaptations for four Sunday programs

June 29, July 13, July 20, August 10                                                                                               all at 3:30, and all with an Author/illustrator in person

more info at PFA link

2575 Bancroft Way
Between College and Telegraph
, Berkeley

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At the Randall Jr. Museum’s Theatre, free, public invited, lots of free parking

Ode to Joy, a tribute to Joy Batchelor (Halas and Batchelor, UK)

Corrie Francis Parks, Hatch (made for a community movement to create a better world)
Dhvani Desai, Chakravyuh, The Vicious Circle , produced for the govt. of India. It informs people about a recently established legal way to escape a vicious cycle of corruption and non governance.
Luke Jaeger, Fishwife, a bittersweet work that evokes parenthood’s complex emotional landscape
Javier Saldena, Coal 101, produced by the Sierra Club
Joanna Priestly, Split Ends
John R. Dilworth, The Fog of Courage
Mark Kausler, Some Other Cat
A special short tribute to Max Hattler from the UK:
Collision (2005), AANAATT (2008), A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time (2013).
Rebecca Ruige-Xu, Anatomy of a Poem, Syracuse University
Remi Vandenitte (Belgium), Betty’s Blue with voice work by Nancy Phelps
Ricci Carrasquillo, Parkas Indoors a music video for Upstairs Downstairs
Signe Bauman, trailer for her soon to be released feature Rocks in my Pockets
and Tarzan, a 3 minute short featuring music by Joe Cartoon
Steve Segal, Outside the Box, 4 minutes of an unconventional work-in-progress
Tony Claars’ On & Off and Lost & Found
Tristian Goik, Spanish Chocolate
Tsvika Oren (from Tel Aviv, Israel), A.B 1, a one minute CG short
Willie Williams, Silent Voices
Additional films are expected

Jimmy Love Juice by professer Dave Yee and his students at San Jose State University
Command Performance by Lee Bicker and Still Life! by Youyou Li, De Anza
Class President by Tim DuBay and Mark Pedruco, SF State University
Silent Voices by Jeeyoon Ng from USC
Additional student work expected

Late entries
It isn’t too late to enter work. There are no forms to fill out and no entry fee. Just send us a DVD by June 16. Please limit your entry to less than 10 minutes so all works submitted can be shown. All works must be a movie (not a sata file) that will play on a standard DVD deck. You do not have to be an ASIFA member to enter, but you are invited to join if interested. details at
Mail work to: Karl Cohen, 478 Frederick, SF, CA 94117

You can be a judge!
The audience’s vote helps determines who will get the prizes:
A small cash grand prize and certificate awards will be given (best in show, best student, independent and professional works, second prizes, honorable mentions, etc. Last year we also presented jury awards for the funniest film, the best experimental work and the best educational work.

How to find the museum
The Randall Jr. Museum is at the top of Corona Heights, right in the geographic center of the city, but it is sometimes hard for newcomers to find; for a map and instructions on how to find it by car, Muni and on foot
If in doubt, call (415) 554-9600 for assistance. 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114.

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Wednesday, May 28, 7PM, Doors will open at 6:45PM

At The Exploratorium, in the Kanbar Forum, On Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green St., free, public invited. The Forum is just to the right of the main doors

IN PERSON: Dutch animation director Joost Lieuwma and Tunde Vollenbroek, KLIK’s program director

KLIK is a major European animation festival that has organized a West Coast tour to introduce itself to the animation communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland.   Come and enjoy discovering the work of talented animators from Holland.  The tentative program will include Fata Morgana, Canal, Through you, Little Freak, Snapshot, Leaving Home, Junkyard, End Trip, Blik, Things You Better Not Mix Up, According to Birds, My My, and Rabbit and Dear plus some fun footage that captures the delightful spirit of this annual event.

You will also experience the comforts and incredible sound and 2K digital projection systems of the Exploratorium’s state of the art Kanbar Forum.  There will also be a reception for you to meet our guests.

The tour is supported by The Netherland Film Fund and Eye International.

For program details

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PFA = Perfectly Fine Animation


Coming to the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Tuesday July 22: Emily Hubley in person with a program of Faith and John Hubley’s films
(new 35mm prints)

maxresdefaultTuesday July 29: Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis in person

sc02Thursday August 7: Sally Cruikshank in person (new prints)

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by Karl Cohen 

Their not-to-be-missed show goes under a boring name “Shorts 3 – Animation,” but boring it isn’t!  This is an excellent selection of cutting edge works and each is outstanding in a different way.  But be warned, this is not a nice gentle family show for kids, but a program of fascinating, intelligent, prize winning works of art for adults.

The program will open with “Cosmic Flower Unfolding,” an exquisite visionary film by Ben Ridgway, a Bay Area computer animator.  There is a lot to ooh and ah over in these two breathtaking minutes.  Ben teaches at SF State.

Then it is on to Bill Plympton’s “Drunker Than a Skunk” that combines a bold, raw soundtrack with his outrageous cartoony drawings.  The art illustrate a most unusual work of poetry recited by the author Walt Curtis.  Bill told me Curtis arrived at the recording session with a half empty jug of wine that he had just purchased.  It is a very realistic soundtrack.

 From the National Film Board of Canada comes “Subconscious Password” by Chris Landreth.  He won an Oscar for “Ryan,” and his newest film takes us on a bizarre ride though the subject’s subconscious mind as he tries to remember somebody’s name at a social engagement.  Along the way he meets a host of celebrities from Yoko Ono to H. P. Lovecraft and Salvador Dali.  You will be amazed by this strange comedy.

An even bolder film from the Canadian Film Board is “Gloria Victoria by Theodore Ushev.  This is a powerful dense experimental work of art set to Dmitri Shostakovich‘s “Leningrad Symphony.” The symphonic score builds to a rousing climax just as Ravel’s “Bolero” does, but here the abstract music and visuals suggest the growth and struggle of a new nation in times of war and peace.

In stark contrast to the powerful Russian experience comes “Little Vulvah and Her Clitoral Awareness” by Sara Koppel from Denmark.  It is beautifully drawn with an exquisite use of line and a refined artistic sensibility.  At times it is reminiscent of the erotic illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley.  It includes unexpected surprises.

In “Oh Willy by Emma de Swaef and Marc James from Belgium, the story begins with Willie going to a nudist colony to see his mother.  This stop-motion puppet film has won several audience awards and grand prizes at European festivals. 

Guilherme Marcondes’ “The Master’s Voice: Caveirao” is a surreal adventure in a mysterious town where spirits of the night come out for a carnival-like boogie until… The cast includes highly imaginative looking ghosts and ghouls plus an inquisitive mosquito and a not quite human policeman. 

The Missing Scarf by Eoin Duffy from Ireland and narrated by George Takei, has won over a dozen top awards at festivals in the US and Europe.  It was also one of ten finalists for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short this year (so were “Gloria Victoria” and “Subconscious Password”).  It begins as a cute film for kids, but the innocent squirrel ends up in a black comedy that explores some of life’s major fears.  This is certainly not a kid friendly film.

A most unexpected subject for a contemporary film is Lyndon B. Johnson, the former president of the USA.  In “The Rancher by Kelly Sears, she imagines his dreams, nightmares of his world coming apart.  Kelly is the grand lady of American experimental film.

Finally this 21st Century animated program for adults includes two tiny films by Max Hattler from England.  “Stop the Show” (aka “WAR”) was made for Amnesty International.  It has a big message while “Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time” is a one minute trip to infinity and beyond.

Shorts 3: Animation” will be shown Saturday, April 26, 9:45 PM and Monday, May 5, 9:00 PM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 76 minutes, $13 members / $15 general. 

The festival is also presenting a family oriented program of animated shorts.  “Shorts 6: Family Films” includes several works that are bound to please including two new films from Moonbot Studios.  They are best known for their Academy Award wining short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”  One is “Silent, A Short Film” that stars the delightful Buster Keaton-like man who was also the star of the “The Fantastic Flying Books.”  The short premiered at The Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony held in LA in February.  The second Moonbot film is “The Numberlys,” a William Joyce story that takes place in a world full of numbers, but without any letters.

The other films in the program that I’ve seen are also crowd pleasers.  “Soup of the Day” is a fun music video by Lynn Smith (NFB of Canada) and “My Mom Is an Airplane” by Yulia Aronova fromRussia is a charming kids fantasy.  Ron Diamond (Acme Filmworks and saw Yulia’s work at a festival in Europe and is now distributing her charming work with a new English soundtrack.

The two films in the program that I haven’t seen are “The Dam Keeper” and “I Want my Hat Back.”  The latter is based on Jon Klassen’s classic children’s book.  “Shorts 6: Family Films” will be shown Saturday, April 26, 10:15 AM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, $13 members / $15 general, ages 6 and up.

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NW Animation Festival

A major USA animation festival is happening next month in Oregon:

PORTLAND: May 12-18
EUGENE: May 23-25

More info at their website

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Persistence of Vision


Striving to make the best animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (three-time Oscar-winning animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on his masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler — only to have it torn from his hands.

Using incredible animation from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with various artists and animators who worked on the ill-fated magnum opus, young filmmaker Kevin Schreck brings this legendary, forgotten chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time.

Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE), a “suspenseful portrait [and] superb documentary” (The Seattle Times), and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), PERSISTENCE OF VISION is the “gripping” (The Globe and Mail), untold story of the greatest animated film never made.


The Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Friday, December 13th, 6:30 PM – Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Kevin Schreck
Friday, December 13th, 8:30 PM
Sunday, December 15th, 2:30 PM
•Sunday, December 15th, 3:45 PM 



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Best Indie Animation

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 7:15 pm
Dolby Labs, 100 Potrero Ave. SF, free


For almost 30 years The Tournee of Animation gave American audiences a chance to see outstanding animation from around the world. In 1994 Expanded Entertainment, the final distributor of this important series, assembled a 35mm program of some of the very best films in their library. It includes 5 Oscar winners and prize winners from Annecy, Zagreb, etc. Tonight’s show is probably the first time this outstanding program has been seen by an audience since Expanded closed.

THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES, Frederic Back, Canada, 1987, Oscar winner
SUNBEAM, Paul Vester, UK, 1980
THE FLY, Ferenc Refusz, Hungary, 1980, Oscar winner
THE HUNTER, 1991, Mikhail Aldashin
HAPPY HOUR, 1983, Brett Koth
KILLING OF AN EGG, Paul Driessen, 1977, Netherlands
THE BEDROOM, Maarten Koopman, 1990, Netherlands
BALANCE, Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, 1989, W. Germany, Oscar winner
CREATURE COMFORTS, Nick Park. 1990, UK, Oscar winner
FACE LIKE A FROG, Sally Cruickshank, 1988, USA
THE CAT CAME BACK, Cordell Barker, 1988. Oscar nomination
ODE TO G.I. JOE, Gregory Grant, 1990, USA
TIN TOY, John Lasseter and Bill Reeves, 1988, USA, Oscar winner
CHARADE, Michael Mills, 1984, Canada, Oscar winner
REN & STIMPY IN BIG HOUSE BLUES, John Kricfaluci,1992, USA

And for your added enjoyment we have added the amazing PINK KOMKOMMER a wild sexual romp by Marv Newland, Paul Driessen, Sara Petty, Chris Hinton, Alison Snowden, Craig Bartlett, David Fine, Janet Perlman, Stoian Doukov and others who contributed to this delightful “jam” from 1991.

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