Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival 2021 Debuts November 12

ONLINE and IN-PERSON at the SNF Parkway Theatre, home of the Maryland Film Festival

‘Toon In, Baltimore! Sweaty Eyeballs returns for the 3rd Annual festival of animated short films. This year

festival programming can be viewed in two ways: Virtual -OR- In-Person.

The 3rd Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival will go live for online, on-demand streaming

November 12-19, 2021 with a virtual pass ($50, $30 Student) and will simultaneously open in-person at

the SNF Parkway Theatre in Baltimore, with individual screenings ($12/ea) showing from November

12-14. As always, the festival will focus on independently produced short animations from across the

globe, with a lean towards the quirky and boundary-pushing.

“We were awestruck by last year’s virtual turnout,” says Phil Davis, the festival’s founder and creative

director and professor of animation at Towson University. “We have always had crowds in Baltimore,

because Sweaty Eyeballs’ programming is sort of wacky and unique on the east coast – but adding the

virtual component let us connect students and fans together from across the country last year.”

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 the Academy Awards. Now in its 10th year, the beloved series partners with mentor

organization, the Maryland Film Festival to launch a multi-day festival of animation in hybrid platforms

online and in theater, with programming supported by area universities, arts organizations and


Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival’s 8 Program Blocks include 95 animated short films in total, hailing

from 22 countries and 5 continents. The festival’s opening night, however, will showcase local talent,

with a juried showcase of work created exclusively by Baltimore area artists. A new family-friendly

“Young Audiences” showcase debuts this year, along with 5 blocks of international juried

programming, a screening of 3 international animator retrospectives, a series of behind-the-scenes

Animator Studio Tours, projected art installations by local animation students and more!

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

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