Love what you do and do what you love.

For Towson University associate professor Phil Davis this means sharing his passion for animation. Not even the COVID-19 pandemic or the social distancing we’re all experiencing could keep Davis from curating the second year of the Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival.

​Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is a seven-day juried festival of the world’s most boundary-pushing, mind-blowing animation. If you went to last year’s festival you’ve probably already bought your ticket. If you missed it and are looking for some new entertainment don’t second guess it—grab a pass!

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Since 2012, Sweaty Eyeballs has carried the torch of the animation scene in the Mid-Atlantic with independent programming and special events. Now in its ninth year, the festival has partnered with the Maryland Film Festival to launch its second international festival of animation.

This year’s festival lineup will take place October 23–30, 2020 and be held virtually.

The opening night kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on October 23 and is full of local talent, including Towson University students. The opening night show features six original animated music videos set to music by six Baltimore area bands and musicians with videos created by Baltimore animators. You can also chat with the musicians and animators in a live chat Q&A following the session.

Continue your weekend and the following week with 80 animated short films (organized in six international competition blocks), a Baltimore showcase, and exclusive animator studio tours. Attendees will have access to all programming from October 23 through October 30.

Passes are a great deal and include a week’s access to opening night animated music videos program, six international competition shorts programs, the Baltimore showcase, and exclusive animator video studio tours.

If you’re looking for me this weekend, you know where to find me. Interested in last year’s event? Check out Phil’s blog with highlights.