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20 years Views of the World: 20th edition Countryside Animafest Cyprus

Official Selection

We are thrilled to announce the official selection of the 20th edition of Countryside Animafest Cyprus. 

The selection was made by Yiorgos Tsangaris, artistic director of Animafest Cyprus, and Gerben Schermer (NL), curator of Animation and Contemporary Art.

33 films were selected from a great number of submissions. Thank you to everyone who submitted their film, the choice was very hard! 

The list of films in International competition: 

Affairs of the Art, Joanna Quinn, United Kingdom/Canada, 2021

Alexander Mosolov. Three Pieces, Natalia Ryss, Russia, 2020

All Those Sensations in My Belly, Marko Djeska, Croatia/Portugal, 2020

Altötting, Andreas Hykade, Germany/Canada/Portugal, 2020

Anonymous, Steven Subotnick, USA, 2020

Beseder (Good and Better), Gil Alkabets, Germany/Israel, 2020

Black Snot & Golden Squares, Irina Rubina, Luis Schoeffend, Germany, 2020

Clinamen, Simon Gerbaud, Mexico/France, 2021

Comeback, Vladimir Leschiov, Latvia/Lithuania, 2021

Cradle, Paul Muresan, Romania, 2020

Empty Places, Geoffroy de Crécy, Nicolas Schmerkin, France, 2020

Events Meant to Be Forgotten, Marko Tadic, Croatia, 2020

Fast Rotations, Stuard Pound, United Kingdom, 2020

Folie douce, folie dure (Mild Madness, Lasting Lunacy), Marine Laclotte, France, 2020

The Hangman at Home, Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot, France/Denmark/Canada, 2021

Have a Nice Dog!, Jalal Maghout, Germany/Syria, 2020

Hide, Daniel Gray, France/Hungary/Canada, 2020

I'm Here, Julia Orlik, Poland, 2020

Leaders, Faiyaz Jafri, Canada/USA, 2020

A Little Too Much, Martina Scarpelli, Denmark, 2020

Liza, Bastien Dupriez, France, 2020

Maalbeek, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, France, 2020

La marche (The Walk), Yoakim Bélanger, Canada, 2020

The Mistress of the Copper Mountain, Dmitry Geller, Russia, 2020

The Moon, Tomek Popakul, Poland, 2020

Night Bus, Joe Hsieh, Taiwan, 2020

Polka-Dot Boy, Sarina Nihei, France, 2020

The Raft, Marko Mestrovic, Croatia, 2021

Der Schornsteinsegler (The Chimney Swift), Frédéric Schuld, Germany, 2020

Seja como for (Anyhow, Anyway), Catarina Romano, Portugal, 2020

Sogni al campo, Magda Guidi, Mara Cerri, France/Italy, 2020

The Stork, Lucija Mrzljak , Morten Tšinakov, Estonia, 2020

Tamgù, Isabel Loyer, Luis Paris, France/Argentina, 2021

The festival will take place at the village of Salamiou, which has been the home of Animafest for the last four years. Salamiou is a rural community well hidden in the mountainous inland, thus maintaining its authentic beauty, but it has become known around the world for hosting and supporting an acclaimed international artistic event. 

This year’s poster was created by the acclaimed animation filmmaker Lizzy Hobbs

Animafest Cyprus 2021 full colour

For our 20th edition, the program is enriched. The exhibition spaces will be functioning again, and the program Animation and Contemporary Art returns with two artists in residency: Gerco De Ruijter (Netherlands) and Ana Mouyis (Cyprus, USA). 

In recent years, the festival’s direction has been moving towards the cusp between cinema and contemporary art. The competition program aims to find a balance between experimental and narrative film. 

In addition to the competition program, screenings will include the jury program, which consists of films made by the three members of the jury, Gerco de Ruijter (Netherlands), Otto Alder (Germany) and Ana Mouyis (Cyprus – USA).

A special place in this anniversary edition is given to the tribute to Cypriot animation, which will include Cypriot films that have stood out in recent years, as well as films by the pioneers of Cypriot animation. 

This year marks the beginning of a collaboration with Sicily’s Animaphix and Chaniartoon – International Comic and Animation Festival of Crete, under the title Animed. It will include films from Mediterranean Countries. 

The festival is supported by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus. 

Our times demand a new collectivity that transcends borders and all kinds of barriers. Groups of people who share the vision that art can light the way for a world we do not yet see but hope to build, overcome their differences and join forces. Twenty years after our first screening, we realize that Animafest Cyprus evolved out of such collective efforts and creative encounters. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the festival over the last two decades. We’d especially like to welcome the amazing team of ABR, who are share our vision and who are contributing this year to the organizational aspect of the festival.  

Views of the World will be waiting for you at Salamiou, from the 11th to the 14th of August.