Posted by Amanda Toney

Stage 32 is honored to acknowledge our talented animation community as a partner for the first ever "Best of Fest" by Animation Nights New York, put together by Stage 32 animator Yvonne Grzenkowicz. If you live in or around the New York area, this week there is an action-packed 2 days of animation screenings, VR animation experiences and art installations at the Seaport District.

Animation Nights New York began as a screening and networking event in September of last year, set up in the Stage 32 Meetup section. Since that time they have had 2500 short animated films submitted internationally and have well over 500 attendees at their monthly screening events. People of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds are coming together at 180 Maiden Lane in the Seaport District for the love of ANIMATION.



This September marks the one-year anniversary of Animation Nights New York. We have put together a two-day festival in celebration on Thurs-Fri, Sept 29-30, 2016, all day. Our panel judges – Emily Hubley, Anthony Haden-Guest and Leah Shore have selected 20 films from the 200 beautiful shorts screened at our curated monthly events. We are featuring Animation Screenings, VR Animation Experiences (Revrie Immersive Works), Professional Panels, Art Installation (Anderson Contemporary), Artist Booths, and Industry Events at 180 Maiden Lane and other locations around the South Street Seaport area of NYC. Our Best of Fest filmmakers will receive one year subscriptions to both Craft and Stash. Our Animation for Adults award winner will receive an Intuos Pro from Wacom.

Professional Panels include:

  • Technology and Story in Animation (Framestore, Aardman Nathan Love, Mark Osborne, Michael Ferraro, Tom Snyder, Flickerlab), Animation in Reporting (TED-Ed, New York Times Op-Docs)
  • Animation as Outreach (Metropolitan Museum of Art #METKids, Hey Mister!, Mythic Bridge, The Animation Project),
  • VR Panel (Revrie Immersive Works, Framestore, Aardman Nathan Love)
  • Animation Distribution (John Andrucci, InDemand, batteryPOP, Vuier, BidSlate, ViviCast),
  • Crowdfunding to Build Independence Workshop (Seed & Spark)
  • Voiceover Acting in Animation and Games (IGDA)
  • Storyboarding (Blue Sky Studios, Outlander)
  • The Little Prince (Mark Osborne), Aardman Nathan Love (Joe Burrascano), and more!


We have a Virtual Reality Animation Showcase presented by REVRIE Immersive Works including The Unknown Photographer (Turbulent), Old Friend (Tyler Hurd), Invasion (Baobab Studios) with additional VR experiences by Framestore and Aardman Nathan Love.

Secondary screening content includes The New York Times Op-Docs: Animated Life Series, shorts by TED-Ed, The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead by Elliot Cowan, The Little Prince by Mark Osborne, a Loop-de-Loop collection, Bike Portraits by Sashko Danylenko, and from GKIDS, A Town Called Panic and A Letter to Momo.

Anderson Contemporary has curated ART IN MOTION, an exhibit of animation drawings, cells, video, painting, and sculpture (September 14 - October 7, 2016). Featured artists/filmmakers include: Nin Brudermann, Anthony Haden-Guest, Emily Hubley, Jeff Scher, Jaime Ekkens, Dustin Grella, Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton, Cagil Harmandar, Cem Kurtulus, Fluidtoons, Jake Nelson, M. Henry Jones, Marco Brambilla.

In addition to Founder / Executive Director / Curator Yvonne Grzenkowicz, the ANNY team is comprised of Technical Director, Jon Robles, A&E Networks; VR Director, Mark Sternberg, REVRIE Immersive Works; Artistic Director / Curator, Michael Collin, Hayburn Studios (Glasgow); Social Media Director, Ellen Willis; VR Assistant Director, Katelyn Thomas; Advisor, John Andrucci; Fine Art Curator, Ronni Anderson, Anderson Contemporary; Additional Film Curators Andy London, London Squared Productions; Brett Thompson, Fluidtoons; Tristian Goik, ASIFA East; and other icons from the world of Art, Animation, and Film.


Festival schedule of events

Photos from our last event

Advance tickets via Eventbrite

2016 ANNY Best of Fest Eventbase Schedule website


Thank you to our filmmakers, attendees, sponsors, media partners, and friends. The 2016 ANNY Best of Fest is sponsored, in part, by MHP Real Estate Services, Clarion Partners, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Craft, Stash, and Maiden Lane Hospitality, in association with Anderson Contemporary, REVRIE Immersive Works and Hayburn Studios, powered by eyesnare inc. Our media partners are Animation for Adults, IGDA NYC, and Seaport District NYC. Special thanks to Wacom and Stage 32.

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