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Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival

October 4 - October 6, 2019

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is a three-day celebration of the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky, and boundary-pushing animation. The inaugural festival will premiere October 4-6, 2019, hosted by the SNF Parkway.



The festival premieres Friday, October 4, with an opening night show of silent animated short films, accompanied by live music from over 15 local artists, followed by an exclusive after party in the SNF Parkway Lounge. Saturday, October 5, is packed with juried independent animated short film blocks all day; a retrospective and masterclass by special guest Joanna Priestley, a collection of films exclusively by Baltimore animators, and a late-night feature. The festival concludes Sunday, October 6, with an awards brunch for competition winners, FREE hands-on animation workshops at the JHU-MICA Film Centre, and—you guessed it—more animated films!


Ticket Prices for the Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival:

Opening Night: $42
Regular Admission: $13
Students/Military/Seniors: $11 (at the Parkway box office – valid ID required)
MdFF Members: $10

Past Films

An unforgettable opening night show: Six silent animated shorts accompanied by live, original music by local musicians. Followed by an exclusive after-party.
Magical kites; money; a funny head; hypnotherapy; lego robots; trippy space totems; a hip-hop western; a lost cat and more. All made in Baltimore.
Introspective, satirical, whimsical and beautiful: Joanna Priestley’s prolific body of work speaks personal truths. She’s been called “queen of independent animation.” The artist presents her work in person.
A boy is a cat; adults are toddlers; smartphones fear losing control; visions of the future; psychedelic music videos; a morphing god of chaos; the love story of a girl and her boat. Ages 12+
Artificial intelligence; instructional film satire; table etiquette; menstruation; musical therapy; sound exploration; a ghost trying to pay his electric bill. Not appropriate for children.
Large ears; bike zoetropes; existential crisis; patterns; pee on electric fences; lost love; little men in drawers; digital narcissism; an unhealthy relationship with mom. Not appropriate for children
Cosmic degeneration; pimples; slug lovers; coping with loss; naked morning dancing; intense strangers; eating disorders; crowd behaviors; other people’s bedrooms. Not appropriate for children.
A dazzling white mare goddess gives birth to 3 heroes who embark on an epic journey to combat seventy-seven dragons and save the universe. Not appropriate for children.
FREE animation workshop exploring hand-made animation techniques using iPads to capture frame-by-frame imagery with a variety of materials. No experience required. All Ages! (Advanced registration required for all, including pass holders.)
Visiting guest animator, Joanna Priestley, will talk about her creative process and experience as an award winning independent animator and show samples of her films. (Advanced registration required for all, including pass holders.)
FREE animation workshop exploring hand-made animation techniques using iPads to capture frame-by-frame imagery with a variety of materials. No experience required. Ages 14+ (Advanced registration required for all, including pass holders.)

Ticket Prices for the Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival:

Opening Night: $42
Regular Admission: $13
Students/Military/Seniors: $11 (Valid ID Required)
Advance tickets for discounted options may be purchased onsite at the SNF Parkway during operating hours.

MdFF Members: $10


Volunteer at Sweaty Eyeballs 2019


MISSION + HISTORY

The mission of Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is to showcase unique, experimental and diverse voices in the field of animated filmmaking with a focus on innovation in craft, storytelling and work that questions preconceived notions of what animation can and should be. Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival will foster a community of animation lovers and creators in the Mid-Atlantic region and create a significant presence and space for peer discussion on the artform, encouraging a substantial community for animation beyond academia in Baltimore.

Since 2012, Sweaty Eyeballs has carried the torch of the animation scene in the Mid-Atlantic with independent animation programming & special events. Now in our 8th year, we are partnering with our longtime friends at MDFF to launch this more substantial annual event.


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SPONSORS

Towson University
Grit Fund
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Maryland Institute College of Art