The Animasyros International Animation Festival and Forum is held annually in Greece. This year there were more than 100 animated films competing in two competitions as well as a special tribute to contemporary French animation production.
Maria Anestopoulou, the festival’s director, told euronews: “Our festival aims to showcase the art of animation, the cinema of cartoons, not only as we know it, as a form of entertainment and animation for children. We host films by young directors, using various techniques, developing their art. Another goal is to highlight international animation in Greece by taking this art out of the capital. That’s why this festival takes place in Syros.”
‘From the Earth to the Moon’ is based on the Jules Verne novel and explores the relationship people have with the moon.
Aggelos Spartalis, the film’s director, lamented: “Unfortunately, Jules Verne is not in fashion nowadays. I found, by chance, a red leather edition from 1957. I began reading and was amazed. He is brilliant. He is not only a science fiction story teller. He is an acclaimed author. I was moved and I decided to make this book into an animated film.”
‘Knight’, by director Thanasis Radoglou, is a story about a chess piece making a break for freedom. Radoglou explained his love of the medium: “For me, animation is the adult version of what we were doing when we were children and used to play with toys, giving them life. Now, with animated films, I give life, with the time that I spend in a different world, with characters that don’t exist, and are lifeless without my help.”
‘Last Minute’ by Spela Cadez was also shown at the festival.
Jury member Igor Prassel told euronews the standard of all the films was so high, that the jury had a hard time choosing the winners: “The jury discussed it. We had a short list of eight films, which is a very good average. So it means that the competition wasn’t so bad. We are always surprised, and often say that student films are sometimes actually better than films by their professional colleagues. It proved to be that way. The standards very very high in the student competition.”
‘Unicorn Blood’ won the International Competition with its tale of teddy bears hunting unicorns for their tender meat and blueberry-flavoured blood which keeps the bears looking cute.
The special mention in International Competition award went to ‘Apodemy’ for the artistic use of 3D animation.
Animasyros International Animation Festival and Forum