Heading back to work after a holiday weekend is always tough, and with the added stress of Member priority ticketing for the 50th NYFF getting under way, it seemed like we could all use a little levity today.

The 24th New York Film Festival continued Film Society's tradition of showcasing the best cinema of the year through the work of auteurs such as Coppola, Jarmusch, and Tarkovsky. A serious mission, but one with plenty of room for fun. Today we look back at a small sample of 1986 lineup through 2012's hottest art form—the animated GIF!

Down by Law, dir. Jim Jarmush. (source: http://fishingwithsteve.tumblr.com/)

The Decline of the American Empire
, dir. Denys Arcand (source: 

Sid and Nancy, dir. Alex Cox

The Wedding March, dir. Erich Von Stroheim (source: 

The Sacrifice, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky (source: http://swintons.tumblr.com/)

Peggy Sue Got Married, dir. Francis Ford Coppola (source: 

A Zed & Two Noughts
, dir. Peter Greenaway (source: 

True Stories, dir. David Byrne (source: