The 7th annual "Animation Show of Shows" premiers at Arclight Hollywood on September 24 and runs until October 1. Most animated short films don’t get theatrical distribution--so don't miss these.
  1. The Story of Percival Pilts (Janette Goodey & John Lewis, Australia, NZ)
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    Shot in stop-motion, a kid's fantasy is told in verse.
  2. Snowfall (Conor Whelan, Ireland)
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    The fest's first LGBT animated short is a story of fleeting love, mixed emotions.
  3. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, USA)
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    A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future...
  4. Behind the Trees (Amanda Palmer & Avi Ofer, USA)
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    Amanda Palmer reflects on the curious things her husband Neil Gaiman mutters as he sleeps.
  5. We Can't Live Without Cosmos (Konstantin Bronzit, Russia)
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    Lifelong friends and fellow Russian cosmonauts work together to reach the ultimate goal of visiting space.
  6. Messages Dans L’Air (Isabel Favez, France/Switzerland)
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    A universe made completely of paper is the starting point of this love story. The animation is all done in line drawings.
  7. Stripy (Babak Nekooei & Behnoud Nekooei, Iran)
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    Factory workers have all been given one simple instruction: paint stripes on the boxes. But one decides to paint a little differently.
  8. Ascension (Colin Laubry, France)
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    Two climbers attempt to carry a statue of the Virgin Mary to the top of a mountain. Oops.
  9. Love in the Time of March Madness (Melissa Johnson, and Robertino Zambrano, USA)
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    Melissa Johnson hit 6’4’’ in 8th grade. Although this made her an instant basketball star, this "tall short" follows her misadventures in romance.
  10. Tant de Forets (Geoffrey Godet & Burcu Sankur, France)
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    Based on the poetry of Jacques Prévert, the “Tant de Forets” (So Many Forests) poem denounces the destruction of forests to make paper pulp, but paper is used to alert people about the threats of deforestation.
  11. The Ballad of Holland Island House (Lynn Tomlinson, USA)
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    Animated clay paintings tell the true story—in song!— of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay.