GENERAL INFORMATION

1. The festival started in 2002 as the first documentary festival of Cyprus in a small village, and was called the Small Documentary Festival. It was later re-named Countryside Animafest Cyprus – Views of the World focusing exclusively on the art of Animated Film. The festival’s uniqueness is its setting in the countryside, and this continues to this day.

As audiences have grown significantly in recent years the festival has moved to different locations to accommodate the large number of spectators. The festival draw a very diverse audience, from across the social spectrum. 

2. Countryside Animafest Cyprus is the official Cyprus animation Festival. Its aim is to cultivate the art of animation, by raising audience awareness and promoting cultural, financial and social development in the field of independent animation filmmaking. Its various activities throughout the year include the annual Countryside Animafest Cyprus, expert seminars and workshops, academic forums, special screenings, etc. In this way the festival initiates international collaborations and provides opportunities for artistic growth.

3. Countryside Animafest Cyprus, organized NGO Views of the World and the Hambis Printmaking Museum, is the yearly culmination of our activities and takes place every summer. It is the first of it’s kind and the only animation festival in Cyprus. The festival is organized with the official support of the Ministry of Education & Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and ASIFA Cyprus. It showcases a selection of the world’s latest productions, focusing on independent, non-commercial films that show acute artistic sensibility and originality of idea, story and execution.

4. The 16th Countryside Animafest Cyprus will take place at June 24th – July 01, 2017 at the Hambis Printmaking Museum (Platanistia Village), Vassilias Nikoklis guest house (Paphos) and at the Archontiko of Axiothea /mansion (Nicosia). In addition to the screenings, it will include exhibitions, tributes, masterclasses, animation workshop residency and concerts.

 

COMPETITION SECTIONS

International short film Competition

  • Our aim is to present a selection of films distinguished by originality of idea, story, visual design or execution. We welcome all animation techniques.
  • This competition section features a selection of animated short films made by professionals and final year student films.
  • Films must not exceed 40 minutes in length.
  • We monitor current production by attending festivals and industry events, approaching directors and producers accordingly. However, authors and producers also have the opportunity to submit their film to our festival via our online application form.

 

Children International short film Competition

This program is devoted to the promotion of childrens Animation. It includes childrens animation films in both the International Countryside Animafest and in the parallel activities throughout the year. Our aim is to enrich Cypriot childrens perception of animation and cultivate love and respect of the genre. We collaborate with other festivals internationally with the purpose of exchanging childrens programmes as well as for organising educational workshops, thus inviting children and their parents to participate creatively in the Festival.

  • Our aim is to present a selection of films distinguished by originality of idea, story, visual design or execution. We welcome all animation techniques.
  • This competition section features a selection of animated short films made by professionals and final year student films.
  • Films must not exceed 40 minutes in length.
  • We monitor current production by attending festivals and industry events, approaching directors and producers accordingly. However, authors and producers also have the opportunity to submit their film to our festival via our online application form.

 

 

National (Cyprus) Competition

- The Cypriot competition is aimed at supporting homegrown productions, which are currently on the rise.

- Films must not exceed 30 minutes in length.

- All Cypriot directors are entitled to submit their work, whether they live and work in Cyprus or not.

- Their films however should be made in one of the two official languages of the Republic of Cyprus or should contain at least 50% Greek or Turkish dialogue.

- This excludes films whose narrative justifies the existence of a larger percentage of foreign dialogue. In this case, the applicant should provide an explanatory note.

- Only student films are allowed to contain foreign dialogue in their entirety.

- All submissions should include at least three Cypriot contributors in the major credits.

- The Cypriot Competition prize will only be awarded if the number of participating films is two or over.

 

AWARDS & SPECIAL MENTIONS

International short film Competition

Best film in the International short film Competition Section.

Children International short film Competition

Best film in the Children International Short Film Competition Section.

National (Cyprus) short film Competition

Best film in the Cypriot short film Competition Section.

Special mentions

Special mentions from each jury member for the international and Cypriot competition.

 

JURIES

The jury consists of distinguished personalities in the arts, including producers, filmmakers, film theorists and film critics and will be judging both the International and Cypriot competition sections. Members of the jury cannot be linked in any way to the production of the participating films. All members of the jury are bound by secrecy. The artistic director of the festival or his/her deputies may attend the jury sessions, but will not participate in the vote.

 

SIDEBAR PROGRAMMES

The non-competitive program of the Festival includes the following categories:

 

1.Tributes and Retrospectives – Masters of Animation

Every year, we focus on an internationally acclaimed artist/ filmmaker/ animator, with an exhibition of their work and a screening of a selection of their films. The Festival will also be asking this artist to participate in the jury. As a further tribute, we will ask the artist to allow us to use his/her work to form the visual identity of the festival’s poster.

 

2.Features

This program consists of animated feature films, addressing a wide range of subjects.

 

3.Guest Programmers

In this section a distinguished filmmaker, festival programmer or festival director is asked to present a program of their choice, especially curated for local audiences.

 

4. Animation Panorama

The Panorama showcases a wide range of techniques and thematic overviews, occasionally flirting with the experimental side of animation.

 

5. Aspects of the Fantastic (Festival on Tour)

Each year, Animafest Cyprus creates a mobile animation film package with the best of the fest, which will travel throughout the year.

 

6. Animation Conferences

In the context of developing and cultivating the art of Animation in Cyprus, the festival intends to gradually increase its academic events, in collaboration with other institutions in Cyprus and abroad. This series of activities was launched in 2012 with the first Academic forum on Animation, that took place in Cyprus Technological University in collaboration with MEDIA Cyprus, with the participation of distinguished academics from Cyprus and abroad.

 

7. Workshops / Residencies and Μasterclasses

Workshops and masterclasses on different visual arts and filmmaking techniques are led by experienced writers, artists, educators, producers and directors through out the year.

 

8. Workshop films and student projects (Cypriots only)

This is an opportunity for local artists and students to present their developing projects, their artistic process and their existing works to an audience of their peers, other artists and general public. The aim is to create an environment for inter-disciplinary networking with artists from various fields related to animation which would lead to future and international collaborations.