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‘Views of the World’ animation festival returns to Salamiou

Countryside Animafest Cyprus, the island’s official animation event that aims to showcase animation films from around the world has announced its 19th edition that will take place for yet another year at the village of Salamiou despite Covid-19 limitations thanks to its open-air nature.

However, organisers said in an announcement that due to the pandemic a limited version of the festival will be presented this year with no international guests, exhibitions or masterclasses. This year’s edition will instead be a national event with a jury and guests from Cyprus.

The festival will take place from August 9-12 at a stunning location on a hill with a view to Diarizos river and the Troodos mountains.

The competition programme includes 55 films. Apart from the national and international competitions for recent shorts, short films for children from the last two years will also be screened in an international children’s competition programme.

Screenings include films by Theodore Ushev (Canada), Stuart Pound (UK), Elisabeth Hobbs (UK), Kaspar Jancis (Estonia), Steven Subotnic (USA), Atsushi Wada (Japan), Simone Massi (Italy), Konstantin Bronzit (Russia).

The international and national competitions will be judged by three distinguished Cypriot artists, organisers said: filmmaker and president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus Elena Aloneftis, the award-winning filmmaker Stavros Pampalis and the artistic director of the contemporary dance house of Limassol and performer Alexis Vasiliou. In the children’s film competition, children from the audience get the final say by voting for their favourite film.

The Grand Prix includes a cash prize of 1,000 euro and an original silkscreen print of the festival poster, signed by the artist, Croatian illustrator and animation filmmaker Lucija Mrzljak.

The festival will open on August 9 with a concert by award-winning Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani, while on August 10 attendees can enjoy a Jazz Quartet featuring Marios Charalambous (saxophone), Marcos Mavromichalis (guitar), Kyriacos Kestas (double bass) and Nicolas Tsangaris (drums).

Official Selection 2020 (in alphabetical order):


(Curated by Yiorgos Tsangaris)

Adonis and the Lockdown Tactics, Adonis Archodtides, Cyprus 2020

Cambia Tutto, Anastasia Mougis, Cyprus 2019

Crime and Punishment, Daria Burkut, Cyprus, Russia 2020

Enan tzi’ enan, Michalis Papanicolaou, Cyprus 2020

Game Over, Savvas Constantinou, Cyprus 2020

In Between, Eleni Chadriotou, Cyprus 2020

The Loop, Dimitris Kyriakou, Cyprus 2020

Pafsi, Christos Avraam, Ioannis Kyriakides, Cyprus 2020

Pendulum, Totis Raphael, Cyprus 2020

With out wings, Despo Potamou, Cyprus 2020



(Curated by Yiorgos Tsangaris and Gerben Schermer)

All Her Dying Lovers, Anna Benner, Germany, Czech Republic, 2020

Alphabets Heaven – Comte, Natalia Ryss, Israel, 2019

My Exercise, Atsushi Wasa, Japan, 2020

Bath House of Whales, Mizuki Kiyama, Japan, 2019

BOOKANIMA: Andy Warhol, Shon Kim, USA / South Korea, 2019

Care, Riley Brown, USA, 2020

Ciervo, Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma, USA, 2020

Correre, Nicholas Bertini, Italy, 2019

Cosmonaut, Kaspar Jancis, Estonia, 2019

Crab, Shiva Sadegh Asadi, Iran, 2020

Daughter, Alina Titorenko, Czech Republic, 2019

Deep Love, Mykyta Lyskov, Ukraine, 2019

Domus, Delphine Priet-Maheo, France, 2019

Drake, rope and acorn, Alina Titorenko, Russia, 2019

Drive, Pedro Casavecchia, Argentina, France, 2019

Edge, Steven Subotnick, USA, 2019

Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Meredith Binnette, USA, 2020

The Flounder, Elizabeth Hobbs, UK, Austria, 2019

Fortune, Em Jiang, USA, 2020

Freeze Frame, Soetkin Verstegen, Germany, Belgium, 2019

Gerald’s Long Day, Samuel Brumbaugh, USA, 2020

He can’t live without cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 2019

The Infinite, Simone Massi, Italy, 2020

Inside me, Maria Trigo Teixeria, Germany, 2019

Kantentanz, Camille Geiβler, Elisabeth Jakobi, Germany, 2019

Le Songe de Soares, Thibault Cholet, France, 2020

Mate, Chaerin Im, USA, 2020

My Galactic Twin Galaction, Sasha Svirsky, Russia, 2020

The Physics of Sorrow, Theodore Ushev, Canada, 2019

Prelude, Rick Niebe, Italy, 2019

Revolykus, Victor Orozco Ramirez, Germany, Mexico, 2020

Root Shock, Yihan Wang, USA, 2020

Run version vertical, Stuart Pound, UK, 2019

Serial Parallels, Max Hattler, Germany, Hong Kong, 2019

Signs, Dustin Rees, Switzerland, 2020

Washing Machine, Alexandra Májová, Czech Republic, 2019


(Curated by Anet ter Horst, Anna Ida Oroz and Yiorgos Tsangaris)

Beware the Wolf!, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, Julie Rembauville, France, 2019

Duodrom, Basil Vogt, Switzerland, 2019

The Girl-bird, Ekaterina Nevostrueva, Russia, 2019

The Kite, Martin Smatana, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, 2019

The Neighbors, Valentina Arkhipova, Russia, 2019

o28, Otalia Caussé, Fabien Meyran, Geoffroy Collin, Robin Merle, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, France, 2019

The Swamp, Vera Vyugina, Russia, 2020

The Tomten and the Fox, Yaprak Morali, Norway, 2019

Wolfrid’s Wish, Anna Ryzhkova, Canada, 2019

Story photo: Detail from this year’s Animafest Cyprus’ poster designed by Croatian illustrator and animation filmmaker Lucija Mrzljak. 

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