The Animation Show of Shows, the annual showcase of global animated shorts curated by Acme Filmwork’s topper Ron Diamond, has become a non-profit, in the hope of widening the audience for animated shorts through new distribution channels and also to help restore classic animated short films.

Currently, the Animation Show of Shows travels to schools and studios throughout the animation industry to provide inspiration and to showcase the work of emerging animators worldwide.

“Each year I travel to animation festivals around the world in search of new directors making significant, visually compelling, highly entertaining animated short films that are rich in aesthetic,” says Diamond, president of the Animation Show of Shows. “Now with our new non-profit banner, we’re excited to not only share new films that reflect trends in narrative and showcase experimental animation styles, but we’re also able to restore classic shorts so they can be seen by audiences everywhere as well.”

Animation Show of Shows has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the 17th annual Animation Show of Shows as well as for film restoration projects, to create documentaries about the filmmakers and, possibly, secure theatrical distribution for the showcase. The Kickstarter campaign runs through July 2.

The first film set to be restored will be the 1964 short “Hangman” by Les Goldman and Paul Julian.

The Animation Show of Shows will kick off on the fall. The first film confirmed for the showcase is “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos,” by Konstantin Bronzit (pictured).