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Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination

The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination at Loyola Marymount University is a community of scholars who work in dialogue with the Catholic intellectual tradition by developing, critically examining, communicating, or otherwise engaging the rich resources of Catholic thought and imagination, especially as it is informed by Jesuit and Ignatian vision. The Academy serves as a hub for scholarship, interdisciplinary research, innovative pedagogy, and creative outreach across LMU’s campus in the southwest United States and beyond.

ACTI and SFTV Animation Sponsored Event

22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows

After a two-year Covid hiatus, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns to theaters and campuses across North America this fall. This (90 minute) 22nd edition comprises 10 films -- nine recent, along with one restored classic -- which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranges from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer-aided.
“Animation is a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and deeply felt concerns, and the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has always strived to scour the world for the most affecting and engaging films,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “While the recent films were conceived and some finished, before the Covid lockdowns, all but the most abstract display a concern with the ways in which we are all interconnected...or sadly alienated from our sense of human connection.”
This year's films are:
Beyond Noh -- Patrick Smith/Kaori Ishida (U.S./Japan) - 3m55s, 1.78, color, Stop Motion Animation, No dialogue, US & Japan, 2020.
Empty Places -- Geoffroy de Crecy (France) - 8m49s, 1.78, color, 3D computer animation, No dialogue, France, 2020. 
Beseder (Good and Better) -- Gil Alkabetz (Germany) - 4m23s, Aspect Ratio,1.77, color, 2D hand drawn animation, Hebrew (subtitled English) 
Zoizoglyphe -- Jeanne Apergis (France) - 7m44s, minimal color, 2D hand drawn animation, France, 2021.
Rain (Deszcz) -- Piotr Milczarek (Poland) - 5m13s, 1.78, color, 2D Hand Drawn Animation, no dialogue, Poland, 2020
Average Happiness -- Maja Gehrig (Switzerland) - 7m03s, 1.78, color, 2D Hand Drawn Animation, No dialogue, Switzerland, 2019
Aurora -- Jo Meuris (U.S.) - 5m15s,1.77, color, 2D hand drawn animation, US, 2020.
Yes-People -- Gísli Darri Halldórsson (Iceland) - 8m35s,1.77, color, 3D computer graphics animation, US, 2019.
Ties -- Dina Velikovskaya (Germany/Russia) - 7m36s, 1.85, color, Stop Motion replacement animation, Germany / Russia 2019.
The Man Who Planted Trees -- Frederic Back (Canada) - 30m8s, 1.33, color, 2D Hand drawn, Canada, 1987




 Man with a hat looking over a wall, which has a mural of the rest of his body painted on it.

Shepherd like man wandering amongst trees

Character gestures for another person to use a tree swing


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