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CONTEMPORARY GREEK ANIMATION 01 02 03 04 05 06
Date: Friday, September 8th
Venue: Grand Hall
Time: 7:30 pm
Animation in Greece in both its auteurist (Georges Sifianos, Stratos Stasinos, Jordan Ananiadis among the pioneers) and broadcast/commissioned forms (Artoon, Magicon, TimeLapse Pictures, Kounoupi companies) tended to be a fine but mainly a home-grown affair. Blame it to the Greek State funding, which never allowed for a scheduled and safe animation production timeline. Still, the Greek Crisis (2009-present) brought forward a renewed vitality of Greek independent animation. Greek artists –mostly outside Greece – moved beyond Balkan satire to create complex, third-person, but informed and engaged, varied portraits of a country torn apart. After many years of Greek absence, the stop-motion elegy The Village by Stelios Polychronakis competed at the 2010 Annecy festival (official competition). Nassos Vakalis created shock waves with his political horror Dinner for few (2014), while Effie Pappa offered a bittersweet Athenian satire in My Stuffed Granny. New talents (I. Vianelli, A. Roditakis) now present along with established professionals (P. Rappas, K. Athanassopoulou, J. Zhonga). Animation festivals after 2005 (Animfest Athens, Animasyros, Be there! Corfu, Thessaloniki Animation Festival), and a renewed ASIFA Hellas iniatitive to celebrate the 70 years of Greek animation (2015) made the Greek animation scene suddenly happier. A new law regarding international co-productions is currently under negotiation, and more portraits of a country are now being independently prepared. Cross your fingers.

Vassilis Kroustallis,
Head Editor, Zippy Frames
artistic director, Be there! Corfu Animation Festival,
European Animation Awards Ambassador for Greece


  • 01 CIEL
    Faidra Derizioti, 2015, 5:16

    This film is about an inner exploration in relation to the soul, the conscious and unconscious, ultimately to life.

  • 02 SAFE PLACE
    Angelos Roditakis, 2014, 1:54

    A little child is playing with his toys in his room, when his dad arrives clearly intoxicated. The child, knowing full well what would follow, is trying to hide in the closet in a hopeless attempt to avoid abuse. His dad inevitably finds him.

  • 03 ETHNOPHOBIA
    Joan Zhonga, 2016, 14:21

    Survival, clash and symbiosis go side by side; all accompanied by bursts of joy and pain as a result of man's internal need to find and exaggerate differences despite the fact that similarities are obviously great.

  • 04 THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
    Panagiotis Rappas, 2011, 15:45

    Long, long ago there lived somewhere among the mountains of Japan a poor woodcutter and his wife. They were very old, and had no children. Every day the husband went, alone to the forest to cut wood, while the wife sat weaving at home.

  • 05 APODEMY
    Katerina Athanasopoulou, 2012, 5:03

    The film uses the term Apodemy (Migration) referring to immigration, confinement and stagnation of a force that leads to motion, creation and to migration as a salvation but not as an escape. This film took the Lumen 2013 award, one of the highest international distinctions in the world of digital art.

  • 06 THE LEAF OF THE POPLAR
    Irini Vianelli, 2015, 3:48

    A leaf surrenders to the wind; a man yields to the waves, while Greek soundness quivers in the air. A short animation inspired by the poem with the same title by Giorgos Seferis.

  • 07 THE VILLAGE
    Stelios Polychronakis, 2010, 14:24

    A doctor mysteriously discovers that he is required urgently at the village. He arrives there after a long and difficult journey, only to find that the village is deserted.

  • 08 MY STUFFED GRANNY
    Effie Pappa, 2014, 9:34

    Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny: even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Granny’s pension is the only thing keeping Sofía and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more?

 
 
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