Butter the popcorn, grab a seat on your couch, Sweaty Eyeballs returns for the 2nd Annual festival of animated short films! This year the festival will be fully online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2nd Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival will go live for online streaming October 23–30, 2020, in collaboration with the SNF Parkway Virtual Theatre in Baltimore. The festival will focus on independently produced short animations from across the globe, with a lean towards the quirky and boundary-pushing.

Tickets and Passes can be purchased online: https://sweatyeyeballs2020.eventive.org/passes/buy

“Think 90’s MTV animation or modern-day Adult Swim content, more than classic Walt Disney features,” says Phil Davis, the festival’s founder and creative director, who is also a professor of animation at Towson University. “Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is the only one of its kind in the region, and a rarity on the east coast.”

Since 2012, Davis and his “Sweaty Eyeballs” moniker have been carrying the torch of the animation scene in the Mid-Atlantic with original, one-night-only, animation programming and live performances in Baltimore. Many of the series’ veteran artists have gone on to earn critical acclaim at large festivals like Sundance, and nominations at the Academy Awards. Now in its 9th year, the beloved series will partner with the Maryland Film Festival again to launch the seven-day festival of animation in an online platform, supported by area universities, arts organizations and businesses.

The list of films in the international competition at the Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival includes 80 animated shorts in total from 28 countries. The festival’s opening night Animated Music event will showcase six brand new music videos featuring the best of the Baltimore music scene and animation created by Baltimore artists and students. The festival’s signal film (trailer) was created “exquisite corpse” style by 15 Baltimore animators. In addition to the international juried programming, there will be a dedicated screening of 18 Baltimore-made animations. Due to the restrictions of in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic the festival has invited seven animators from around the world to create behind the scenes Remote Animator Studio Tour Videos, followed by a screening of short films from the participants.

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is generously supported by Towson University, Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County along.

For more information on Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival, visit: www.sweatyeyeballs.com

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