2019 Countryside Animafest Cyprus: Selection Results and Highlights

2019 Countryside Animafest Cyprus: Selection Results and Highlights

The International Animation festival of Cyprus announced this year’s (18th Edition) reuslts, in the cusp between animation and avant-garde cinema, according to its artistic director Yiorgos Tsangaris.

The description fits the line-up. The new, Annecy-awarded film by Thomas Renoldner is here (Don't Know What), the eagerly awaited new film by Anu-Laura Tuttelberg Winter in the Rainforest, and, of course, Reka Bucsi's Annie-nominated short, Solar Walk.

Regina Pessoa, Lizzy Hobbs, Jonathan Hodgson, Steven Subotnick, Peter Millard, are always welcome names, along the newcomers and rising starts Francesco Rosso (Destined to be Dead), Natalia Mirzoyan, Martina Scarpelli (Egg) and Fokion Xenos (Heatwave).

Destined to be Dead

Films will be judged by experimental artist Pierre Hébert (Canada), David Carson (USA), a great innovator in graphic design and typography and director  Liu Yi (China).

 A new residency program is inaugurated, under the title “Animation and Contemporary Art”, curated by artistic director of Animafest Cyprus Yiorgos Tsangaris and curator of animation and contemporary art Gerben Schermer (Netherlands). This year’s resident is Liu Yi, a young artist from China whose work moves effortlessly between different art forms, such as animation, live-action film, installation, painting, sculpture. Liu Yi will be in residence for the month of July in the village of Salamiou, situated in the mountainous inland of Paphos district.

Liu Yi

The result of her work will be shown during the festival (24-27 July).

The live performance “Scratch” by experimental filmmaker and contemporary artist Pierre Hébert (Canada) and prolific sound designer Andrea Martignoni (Italy) will be hosted during the festival. scratching directly on film is projected live on the big screen on a 16mm projector. (Friday 26th of July, Open air Cinema of Salamiou)

The festival will be also hosting an exhibition (24-27 July) of renowned comic book artist, filmmaker and graphic designer Max Andersson (Sweden), who also created this year’s poster, as well as a posthumous tribute to the award –winning Dutch animator, musician and director Rosto (Netherlands, 1969-2019) - passed away earlier this year.

A program with selected animated music films made for the popular Cypriot music albums under the title “O Tembelis Drakos” by George Hadjipieris will also be presented. Expect  an illustration exhibition of Annalisa Sallis (Sardinia), plus a tribute to the renowned Scottish storyteller Donald Smith, Director of Edinburgh Storytelling Center and executive director of “Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland”.



  • I ‘m Ok Elisabeth Hobbs, 2018, UK
  • Turbine, Alex Boya, 2018, Canada
  • Ride, Paul Bush, 2018, UK
  • Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days, Regina Pessoa, 2019, Portugal,Canada,France
  • Poetika Anima, Kriss Sagan, 2018, Slovakia
  • Winter in the Rainforest, Anu Laura Tuttelberg, 2019, Estonia, Mexico, Lithuania
  • Don’t Know What, Thomas Renoldner, 2019, Austria
  • Tapir Tape, Benedikt Hummel, 2018, Germany
  • Happy Ending, EunJu Ara Choi, 2018, UK
  • Ceva, Paul Muresan, 2018, Romania
  • Circuit, Delia Hess, 2018, Switzerland
  • When The Silence Comes, Liang-Hsin Huang, 2018, Taiwan & United Kingdom
  • Five minutes to sea, Natalia Mirzoyan, 2018, Russia
  • Flight of Monochrome Feathers, Arash Akhgari, 2019, Canada
  • Per tutta la vita, Roberto Catani, 2018, Italy, France
  • "I alone can fix it…”, Bill Plimpton, 2018, USA
  • The Dawn of Ape, Mirai Mizue, 2019, Japan
  • Pig, Peter Millard, 2019, UK
  • Solar Walk, Réka Bucsi, Denmark, 2018
  • Destined to be dead, Francesco Rosso, Kalev Tamm, 2018, Estonia
  • Roughhouse, Jonathan Hodgson, 2018, UK
  • Ballerina, Steven Subotnick, 2018, USA
  • Selfies, Claudius Gentinetta, 2018, Switzerland
  • Under the Canopy, Bastien Dupriez, 2019, France
  • Mobilis in mobili, Kristina Frank, 2019, Sweden
  • Han Lu (A Fly in the Restaurant) Xi Chen & Xu An, China, 2017
  • Embraced, Justine Vuylsteker, 2018, France
  • Facing it, Sam Gainsborough, 2018, UK
  • Imbued Life, Ivana Bosnjak, Thomas Johnson, 2019, Croatia
  • Lonely monster goes out, Ivan Maximov, 2019, Russia
  • Egg, Martina Scarpelli, 2018, Denmark, France
  • One of Many, Petra Zlonoga, 2018, Croatia
  • Night Walks, Lizete Upite, 2018, Latvia
  • Rhizoma, Santiago Pérez Rodríguez, 2018, Belgium
  • Subconscious Notes, Susann Arnold, 2018, Germany
  • Suggestion of least resistance, Uri & Michelle Kranot, 2019, Denmark, Austria
  • Sister, Siqi Song, 2018, China
  • Love Me, Fear Me, Veronica Solomon, 2018, Germany
  • Heatwave, Fokion Xenos, 2019, Greece, UK
  • A Slower speed of light, Stuart Pound, 2018, UK
  • Duo, Tania Sharavarava, 2018, Czech Republic, Belarus
  • Hedge, Amanda Bonaiuto, 2018, USA
  • A strange Trial, Marcel Barelli, 2018, Switzerland
  • Queen of the Forest, Gabriela Sibilska, 2018, UK


  • A.B… Antony Petrou, 2018, Cyprus
  • Magic Molly, Maria Pavlou, 2019, Cyprus
  • Keep on Dancing, Christiana Ioannou, 2018, Cyprus
  • Can You Eat Plastic?, Christiana Constantinou, 2019, Cyprus
  • Red Rosebush, Elenitsa Georgiou, Constantinos Tterlikkas, 2019, Cyprus
  • Sadako's Wish, Hara Kyprianou, 2019, Cyprus
  • Awaken, Stalo Varnava, 2019, Cyprus
  • Insomnia, Natasa Panayiotou, 2019, Cyprus

2019 Countryside Animafest Cyprus poster by Max Andersson

The 18th Countryside Animafest Cyprus - Views of the World takes place in Cyprus, July 24-27 ( Open Air Cinema, Salamiou, Hambis Printmaking Museum, Platanistia). More info: www.animafest.com.cy

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