"The Animation Show of Shows," a collection of the top animated short films, will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, as part of the Hanover Enrichment Series. This unique “movie night” offering includes 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the globe.

The screening will be held in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. General admission tickets are free, however, patrons are encouraged to reserve seats online in advance. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile phone. [TICKETS]

"The Animation Show of Shows" presents compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world. Founder and curator Ron Diamond states, “Because animation is such a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and existential concerns, the 'Animation Show of Shows' has always included a number of thoughtful and engaging films. However, more than in previous years, I believe that this year’s program really offers contemporary animation that expresses deeply felt issues in our own country and around the world.”

Animation Show of Shows film graphic

Showcased films feature works from nine countries, including Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s award-winning “The Burden,” David OReilly’s playful and profound “Everything,” and the Academy Award-winning “Dear Basketball.”

“The Burden” is a melancholy, funny and moving film that explores the tribulations, hopes and dreams of a group of night-shift employees, uniquely capturing mood of our time.

“Everything,” based on the work of the late philosopher Alan Watts, explores the interconnectedness of the universe and the multiplicity of perspectives that underlie reality.

“Dear Basketball,” directed and animated by Disney veteran Glen Keane, brings to life a poem by former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, written on the occasion of his imminent retirement.

Highlights also include Academy Award-winning Pixar director Pete Docter’s 1990 CalArts student film “Next Door,” and “Casino,” a film from director Steven Woloshen, who has been creating award-winning experimental films by drawing directly on film stock.

"The Animation Show of Shows" is sponsored by the Hanover Enrichment Series with additional support from the College's art and design program.

Pre-show concessions will be available.