The United States has surprisingly few animation festivals for a country of its size, but increasingly we are seeing smaller local events that serve as a substitute for the traditional festival experience. Animation Breakdown is an ongoing series in Los Angeles, and Chicago animation fans, who already enjoy the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, will see the arrival of Animation Torrent next month.
Animation Torrent is a one-night event that focuses on narrative shorts. The inaugural edition will take place on Thursday, April 17th, at the historic Pickwick Theate in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. It will be comprised of two 90-minute blocks of independent and alternative animated shorts, with the first program being appropriate for a general audience, and the second one featuring mature content.