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The 12th International Countryside Animafest Cyprus - Views of the World , which took place at Prastio Avdimou Village and Columbia Hotel & Resort in Pissouri, from the 18th to the 21st of July, came to a successful close. During these four days, filled with screenings, concerts, masterclasses, exhibitions and other sidebar activities, the audience experienced the magic of animation. The background of the Cypriot countryside lent a ritual quality to the events! This year’s films showed exceptional artistic skill and were made in a variety of techniques. Lyrical or satirical, revolutionary or nostalgic, they all shared a strong social and political content and a deep concern for the crisis in society and human relationships in our era. This year’s selection showed how the art of animation, while extremely poetic and subversive, can also have a strong socio-political message and can express the complex issues faced by our generation.
The Festival closing night took place at the Columbia Hotel & Resort, with the award ceremony for the winners of the International and Cypriot competition programs. This year’s jury members were leading artists and producers in the field of animation world-wide: animation film maker, graphic designer and teacher of animation Tamas Patrovits from Hungary, Maria Anestopoulou, programme director of the Greek Animation Festival Animasyros, and renowned Swedish comic artist and filmmaker Max Andersson. The prizes were sponsored by the Hellenic Bank.
Best Animation Film, in the international competition program: Boles by Špela Čadež (Slovenia-Germany).
Special Mentions by the jury members were given to:
from Max Anderssson to the film Recycled by Lei Lei & Thomas Sauvin (France-China)
from Maria Anestopoulou to the film Hollow Land by Michelle & Uri Kranot (Israel)
from Tamas Patrovits to the film Boogodobiegodongo by Peter Millard (United Kingdom)
Best Animation Film in the Cyprus competition program: Pasty Child by George Tymvios.
Special mention by the jury members was given unanimously to the film Mind War by Marinos Savva.
First we would to thank the organizers of the Countryside Animafest Cyprus and especially Yiorgos Tsangaris for this opportunity and the wonderful hospitality. It was a very fruitful and exciting experience all around. We are honored to be the first jury members of the first ever Cypriot animation competition that was introduced by the festival. We have seen very promising and challenging animation in whole and we are confident that the establishment of the national Cypriot competition section will encourage creativity and animation production in the country with an international presence and reach. We would also like to note that the International Competition selection was very interesting, covering all forms and techniques of contemporary animation production worldwide and we hope that the audience enjoyed it as much as we did. Regarding our deliberations we have awarded one prize in each competition category, namely Cypriot and international, while we have also selected one unanimous special mention to a Cypriot film and three distinctive special mentions from each jury member to the international competition.
Special Mention for a Cypriot film goes to Mind War by Marinos Savvas because the creative and experimental use of expressive graphic design forms, which perfectly fits its serious topic of war, makes it a promising start for the artist.
Grand Prize for a Cypriot film goes to Pasty Child by George Tymvios for a phenomenically innocent animation that develops into a sinister yet humorous and unexpected storytelling.
Special mention by Maria Anestopoulou goes to Hollow Land for the unique and exceptional use of the animation technique, the complete storytelling and the deep and critical approach to a sensitive Israeli topic.
Special Mention by Max Andersson goes to Recycled for its unsentimental and effective use of animation to prove that waste recycling can be a profoundly existential experience.
Special Mention by Tamas Patrovits goes to Boogodobiegodongo by Peter Millard because it was the craziest and at the same time the loveliest the most lights one and yet the most spirited animation piece that I have seen in a long time.
Grand Prize of the International competition goes to Boles by Spela Cadez because the way that the storytelling reveals a love story or a love challenge adds to the artistic perfection of the film, where all elements well equally well crafted from the first to the last frame.