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ANNY Best of Fest | Sept 29-30, 2017 (12pm-10pm, Two Days of Events!)

Animation Nights New York

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

ANNY Best of Fest | Sept 29-30, 2017 (12pm-10pm, Two...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
$30 Industry Package Sept 29-30
The $30 Industry Package includes TWO DAY access to the main venue Animation Screenings, Fine Art Exhibitions, and Professional Panels PLUS pre-registration for the Virtual Reality Animation Showcase and access to Industry Events. (Ticket purchase also includes an ANNY Loot Bag, while supplies last!)
Sep 30, 2017 $30.00 $0.00
(Free) Enthusiast Package Sept 29-30
Our Enthusiast Package includes TWO DAY access to the Main Venue first floor Animation Screenings, Fine Art Exhibitions, and Professional Panels. (To make a Donation to Animation Nights New York see the (Donation) Enthusiast Package Option below.) We look forward to seeing you at the ANNY Best of Fest!
Sep 30, 2017 Free $0.00
(Donation) Enthusiast Package Sept 29-30
Tickets for the Enthusiast Package are FREE but you can choose this option if you'd like to make a donation to Animation Nights New York. Thank you if you are choosing this option! Thank you for Supporting Independent Animation! (Our Enthusiast Package includes TWO DAY access to the Main Venue first floor Animation Screenings, Fine Art Exhibitions, and Professional Panels.)
Sep 30, 2017 Enter donation ($)

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Event Details

The ANNY Best of Fest is a TWO DAY symposium (Sept 29-30, 2017, 12pm-10pm) featuring animation screenings, fine art installations, virtual reality animation experiencesprofessional panels, and industry events at 180 Maiden Lane in the Seaport District of NYC

We have wonderful panels and events lined up for you! We hope to see you there!


2017 ANNY Best of Fest Schedule (We will be adding event details. Keep checking back!)

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Festival Details



 (Saturday, Sept 30, 7pm & 8pm) Congratulations to our ANNY Best of Fest Winners! This year our panel judges picked 20 films from the 175 selected for our monthly curated screening events.

2017 ANNY Best of Fest Panel Judges are Debra Solomon (Independent Animator, Academy Member), Phil Weinstein (Disney), and Dayna Gonzalez (Jumping Tadpole Productions, Former ASIFA East President)

2017 ANNY Best of Fest filmmakers are up for our Grand Prize Award (selected by Andrew Gordon (Pixar)), our Animation for Adults Award (selected by Chris Perkins (AFA)), and our Art in Motion Award (selected by Ronni Anderson (Anderson Contemporary)). The results of the final portion of the competition will be announced closer to the festival date. Grand Prize and Animation for Adults Winners each receive a prize from Wacom!

Our 2017 ANNY Best of Fest Filmmakers receive an industry pass to our 2017 annual festival,  a free one year subscription to Toon Boom (, as well as a free one year subscription to It’s on Craft ( 2017 ANNY Best of Fest filmmakers may also be eligible for distribution via Shorts HD, if applicable.

2017 ANNY Best of Fest Filmmakers:

  • YÙL AND THE SNAKE. Gabriel Harel. France, 2015. 13:00

  • SISTERS. David Chontos. United States, 2016. 3:58

  • PUB CRAWL. Hayden Browne. Australia, 2016. 1:37

  • OSSA. Dario Imbrogno. Italy, 2016. 3:55

  • GINGER BEER. Macchia Ornella, Medard Simon. Belgium, 2016. 2:39

  • RADIO WAVE. Ryotaro Miyajima. Japan, 2016. 3:09

  • MOVING OUT. SeoHee Choi, John Han. United States, 2016. 2:56

  • HANGING. Nick LeDonne. United States, 2016. 5:37

  • PACKAGE OF MOVIE TRICKS. Nemjóova. Czech Republic, 2015. 2:00

  • ALL THEIR SHADES. Chloé Alliez. France, 2015. 5:46

  • SCAPEGOAT. Gal Haklay, Shulamit Tager. Israel, 2015. 8:28

  • ORCA. Shulamit Tager. Israel, 2014. 2:36

  • OUR WONDERFUL NATURE - THE COMMON CHAMELEON. Tomer Eshed. Germany, 2016. 3:32

  • ONCE UPON A LINE. Alicja Jasina. United States, 2016. 7:05

  • TICKING AWAY. Michael Sewnarain. Netherlands, 2015. 9:25

  • AS A LITTLE BIRD I… Yyhely Hälvin. Estonia, 2016. 7:05

  • IN THE DISTANCE. Florian Grolig. Germany, 2015. 8:00

  • IT’S A DOG LIFE. Julie Rembauville. Canada, 2012. 7:47

  • BEER BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI. Nerdo. Italy, 2016. 2:15

  • CHANGES. Bob Los. Netherlands, 2016. 3:41


FINE ART INSTALLATION                                                                                                                     (Friday & Saturday, Sept 29-30, 12pm)                                                                                   

Anderson Contemporary is curating the second installment of Art in Motion II  featuring installation celebrating animation!                                                                                           

Opening Reception: Wed, Sept 13, 6pm-8pm

VIRTUAL REALITY SHOWCASE                                                                                                           (Friday, Sept 29, 12pm - 8pm & Saturday, Sept 30, 12 - 6pm)                                                      

Our showcase is happening on the 29th Floor Showroom at 180 Maiden Lane. It’s a 26,000 sq ft space with 360-degree views from 500 ft above Manhattan. We will be presenting work from a number of amazing creators including Chris Milk, Penrose Studios, Jakob Steensen, Pirahna / Hey Mister!, Midas Touch, Artella / Sketchfab, Third Wish Media, High Fidelity, and NYU MAGNET among others!

PROFESSIONAL PANELS                                                                                                                

(Friday & Saturday, Sept 29-30, 12pm - 9pm)                                                                             

Panel, presentation, and industry participants scheduled include Kickstarter, ASIFA East, Penrose Studios, The Mill, Sesame Studios, Artella, SketchFab, SVA, VR Voice, Children’s Media Association, Tommy Stathes, John Dilworth, Stash Media, Max Rothman, John Dilworth, Augenblick Studios, Abelana, Children’s Media Association, High Fidelity, and Framestore are just a few of the organizations on board.


  • Pitching Animation (Sept 29, 12pm) - Featuring: Elise McCave (Kickstarter) and LaToye Adams (Children’s Media Association).

  • History of Animation (Sept 29, 2pm) - Featuring: Tommy Stathes (Cartoons on Film), David Kay (The Winthrop Group), and “Surprise Guest.”

  • Film Festival Strategy (Sept 29, 3pm) - Featuring: Susan Godfrey (The Productive) and Katie Cropper Klein (ASIFA East) with Faiyaz Jafri as moderator.

  • Cinematic Campfire Poetry (Sept 29, 4pm) - Featuring: Max Rothman (Monticello Park Productions).

  • Artella Virtual Studio: Sketchfab, Lily & Snout, and the Future of WebVR (Sept 29, 5pm) - Featuring: Bobby Beck (Artella Virtual Studio) and Sketchfab.

  • VR Voice Panel: Storytelling in Virtual Reality (Sept 29, 6pm) - Featuring: Tom Westerlin (Nice Shoes) and Charlie Fink with Bob Fine (VR Voice) as moderator.

  • Surviving and Thriving as a Freelancer (Sept 29, 7pm) - Featuring: Kalika Sharma (Antidote), Stephen Brooks (Rubber Onion), Pilar Newton (Pilar Toons), and John Schnall (Quality Schnallity, Inc.) with Dayna Gonzalez (Jumping Tadpole Productions) as moderator.

  • The Philosophy of Animation Style (Sept 29, 8pm) - Featuring: Stephen Price (Stash Media), Penrose Studios, Max Rothman (Monticello Park Productions), and Amid Amidi (Cartoon Brew) with Faiyaz Jafri as moderator.

  • NYFL The New Disruptors: New Pathways to Storytelling (Sept 30, 12pm) - Featuring: Devin Dixon (BingeWave), Valerie Lisyansky (SWARM), and Brandon Henriquez (Pretend Labs) with Daron Jenkins (NYFL) as moderator.  

  • Animation in VR: Pipelines and Workflow (Sept 30, 1pm) - Featuring: Penrose Studios, Tyler Hopf (SVA), Cat Gulácsy (The Mill), and Tom Westerlin (Nice Shoes) with Kiira Benzing (Double Eye Productions) as moderator.

  • Puppetry and Motion Capture in Animation (Sept 30, 2pm) - Featuring: Jordan Geary (Sesame Studios), Sam Koji Hale (Handmade Puppet Dreams), Paul Andrejco (Puppet Heap), and Matt Witham with Tristian Goik (ASIFA East) as moderator.

  • Animation: New Models for Business (Sept 30, 3pm) - Featuring: Dave Jesteadt (GKIDS), Nate Olson (Frederator), and Kim Diaz (Sesame Studios).

  • Pre-Production and Planning: The Importance of Developing an Idea (Sept 30, 4pm) - John Dilworth (Stretch Films), David Pagano (Paganomation), Aaron Augenblick (Augenblick Studios), and Jimbo Matison with Nina Balton as moderator.

  • Animation Tech: Multi-User Experiences in Virtual Reality - (Sept 30, 5pm) - Featuring: Mikita Labanok (Abelana VR Productions), High Fidelity, Rob Sabatini (Pirahna / Hey Mister!), and Javier Molina (NYC Magnet) with Mark Sternberg (REVRIE Immersive Works) as moderator.

(Friday, Sept 29, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & Saturday, Sept 30, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm)                        

One-on-one Speed Pitching Blocks (Invite only. We will be putting out a call for artists, soon!)
Animators/directors will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with Industry reps!

2017 ANNY Best of Fest Wrap Party (Saturday, Sept 30, 10pm. (Venue, TBA))



What is ANNY?

Animation Nights New York (ANNY) is a monthly screening and networking event held in the Seaport District of NYC. We show short animated films and virtual reality animation experiences from all around the world.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The isn't a specific age requirement but the content is geared toward adults.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available. Take the J,Z,2,3,A,C to Fulton

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Have questions about ANNY Best of Fest | Sept 29-30, 2017 (12pm-10pm, Two Days of Events!)? Contact Animation Nights New York

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180 Maiden Lane
180 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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