A summer celebration of the art of animation, against the backdrop of the Cypriot countryside, has reached its closing, leaving behind fond memories and excellent impressions among Cypriot audiences and international guests. The 13th International Countryside Animafest Cyprus — “Views of the World” ended last week, having accomplished its mission of bringing some of the greatest independent animated films from around the world to the Cypriot audience, and of promoting the work of Cypriot filmmakers, in the context of a fruitful artistic and personal interplay. In other words, in four days we saw amazing films, we met world-renowned artists, we made new friends and we enjoyed the beauty of the Cypriot countryside.
The award ceremony took place on closing night. The jury members, Chris Robinson, artistic director of Ottawa International Animation Festival, Gerben Schermer, co-founder of the Holland Animation Film Festival, and Cypriot director Lea Maleni, awarded the Grand Prix in the International Competition Program to the Polish film Hippopotamy by Piotr Dumala, and the first prize in the National Competition Program to the film Dance of a Mass by Marinos Savva. Special mentions were given to the films Baths by Tomek Duck (Poland), Love Games by Yumi Joung (South Korea) and Wonder by Mirai Mizue (Japan/France).
The first prize in the International Competition Program was 1000 euros and was sponsored by the Hellenic Bank. The prize in the Cypriot Program was 500 euros and was sponsored by the Law Firm Markides and Markides LLC. The closing ceremony took place at the Medieval Manor House at Palaepaphos-Kouklia, after three days of screenings, workshops, exhibitions, concerts and other sidebar events.