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The International Animation festival of Cyprus


Open Air Cinema, Salamiou 
Hambis Printmaking Museum, Platanistia
Cyprus, July 24—27

We are thrilled to announce this year’s (18th Edition) the official selection, our exhibitions, our special tributes and our fantastic jury! 

This year a new residency program is inaugurated, under the title “Animation and Contemporary Art”, curated by artistic director of Animafest Cyprus Yiorgos Tsangaris and curator of animation and contemporary art Gerben Schermer (Netherlands). This year’s resident is Liu Yi, a young artist from China whose work moves effortlessly between different art forms, such as animation, live-action film, installation, painting, sculpture. Liu Yi will be in residence for the month of July in the village of Salamiou, which is situated in the beautiful mountainous inland of Paphos district. The result of her work will be shown during the festival (24-27 July). 

Furthermore, we are proud to host the live performance “Scratch” by experimental filmmaker and contemporary artist Pierre Hébert (Canada) and prolific sound designer Andrea Martignoni (Italy): scratching directly on film is projected live on the big screen on a 16mm projector. (Friday 26th of July at the open air Cinema of Salamiou)

During the festival we will be hosting an exhibition of renowned comic book artist, filmmaker and graphic designer Max Anderson (Sweden), who also created this year’s poster as well as a posthumous tribute to the award –winning Dutch animator, musician and director Rosto (Netherlands, 1969-2019) who sadly passed away earlier this year. 

Also we are proud to present a program with selected animated music films made for the popular Cypriot music albums under the title “O Tembelis Drakos” by George Hadjipieris, an illustration exhibition of Annalisa Sallis (Sardinia) and a tribute to the renowned Scottish storyteller Donald Smith, Director of Edinburgh Storytelling Center and executive director of “Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland”.

In our jury this year we have Pierre Hébert (Canada), David Carson (USA), a great innovator in graphic design and typography and Liu Yi (China)

For the international and National competition program artistic director Yiorgos Tsangaris created a selection of author films, many of them on the cusp between animation and avant-garde cinema. 

For more info:
Looking forward to seeing you in the Cypriot Countryside!



I ‘m Ok Elisabeth Hobbs, 2018, UK 
Turbine, Alex Boya, 2018, Canada 
Ride, Paul Bush, 2018, UK 
Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days, Regina Pessoa, 2019, Portugal,Canada,France 
Poetika Anima, Kriss Sagan, 2018, Slovakia 
Winter in the Rainforest, Anu Laura Tuttelberg, 2019, Estonia, Mexico, Lithuania 
Don’t Know What, Thomas Renoldner, 2019, Austria 
TapirTape, Benedikt Hummel, 2018, Germany 
Happy Ending, EunJu Ara Choi, 2018, UK 
Ceva, Paul Muresan, 2018, Romania 
When The Silence Comes, Liang-Hsin Huang, 2018, Taiwan & United Kingdom 
Five minutes to sea, Natalia Mirzoyan, 2018, Russia 
Flight of Monochrome Feathers, Arash Akhgari, 2019, Canada 
Per tutta la vita, Roberto Catani, 2018, Italy, France 
"I alone can fix it…”, Bill Plimpton, 2018, USA 
The Dawn of Ape, Mirai Mizue, 2019, Japan
Pig, Peter Millard, 2019, UK
Solar Walk, Réka Bucsi, Denmark, 2018 
Destined to be dead, Francesco Rosso, Kalev Tamm, 2018, Estonia
Roughhouse, Jonathan Hodgson, 2018, UK 
Ballerina, Steven Subotnick, 2018, USA    
Selfies, Claudius Gentinetta, 2018, Switzerland 
Under the Canopy, Bastien Dupriez, 2019, France 
Mobilis in mobili, Kristina Frank, 2019, Sweden 
Han Lu (A Fly in the Restaurant) Xi Chen & Xu An, China, 2017 
Embraced, Justine Vuylsteker, 2018, France 
Facing it, Sam Gainsborough, 2018, UK 
Imbued Life, Ivana Bosnjak, Thomas Johnson, 2019, Croatia 
Lonely monster goes out, Ivan Maximov, 2019, Russia 
Egg, Martina Scarpelli, 2018, Denmark, France 
One of Many, Petra Zlonoga, 2018, Croatia 
Night Walks, Lizete Upite, 2018, Latvia 
Rhizoma, Santiago Pérez Rodríguez, 2018, Belgium
Subconscious Notes, Susann Arnold, 2018, Germany 
Suggestion of least resistance, Uri & Michelle Kranot, 2019, Denmark, Austria
Sister, Siqi Song, 2018, China
Love Me, Fear Me, Veronica Solomon, 2018, Germany 
Heatwave, Fokion Xenos, 2019, Greece, UK 
A Slower speed of light, Stuart Pound, 2018, UK
Duo, Tania Sharavarava, 2018, Czech Republic, Belarus
Hedge, Amanda Bonaiuto, 2018, USA 
A strange Trial, Marcel Barelli, 2018, Switzerland 
Queen of the Forest, Gabriela Sibilska, 2018, UK


A.B… Antony Petrou, 2018, Cyprus 
Magic Molly, Maria Pavlou, 2019, Cyprus 
Keep on Dancing, Christiana Ioannou, 2018, Cyprus
Can You Eat Plastic?, Christiana Constantinou, 2019, Cyprus 
Red Rosebush, Elenitsa Georgiou, Constantinos Tterlikkas, 2019, Cyprus 
Sadako's Wish, Hara Kyprianou, 2019, Cyprus 
Awaken, Stalo Varnava, 2019, Cyprus 
Insomnia, Natasa Panayiotou, 2019, Cyprus



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