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.
2021 Call for entries
Animafest Cyprus, the International Animation Festival of Cyprus, announces the call for film submissions and invites you to enter your films to the following competition categories at the 20th Countryside Animafest Cyprus - Views of the World.
Short films must not exceed 40 minutes in length. Short films must be completed after January 1st, 2020. The right to participate is reserved to films being screened for the first time in Cyprus.
1. International short film Competition. Deadline for submitting International films: February 28th, 2021.
2. Cyprus National short film Competition
Deadline for submitting Cyprus films: June 30st, 2021.
There is no entry fee.
Founded 20 years ago, the official Animation Festival of Cyprus, showcases a selection of the world’s latest productions, focusing on independent, non-commercial films. Featuring competitions, expert seminars & masterclasses, workshops, exhibitions, artists in residence (Animation and Contemporary Art) and special screenings.
The 20th Edition of the festival will take place between 11 - 14 of August 2021 at the village of Salamiou. Supported by: Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth - Cultural Services.
2020 Festival Coverage
Rationale: In telling a universal story of misunderstanding, regret and forgiveness, the artist revitalises a classic form of Papier-mâché puppet animation. The jury were impressed with the artist’s command of the details of facial expression and body language to convey subtle and convincing displays of emotion, and her unexpected use of fluid camera techniques such as handheld movement and shifting depth of field to convey tension between and within her characters, and to bring their conflicting, non-linear, perspectives to life.
Rationale: A powerful cry of anxiety about national and personal identity wrapped in a dense narrative packed with visual gags touching on social, environmental and humanitarian issues whose repetition and subtle subversiveness borders on the poetic.
Special Mentions by the jury members:
Alexis Vasiliou - “Pulsión”, by Pedro Casavecchia, Argentina, France
Elena Alonefti - “Bathhouse of Whales” by Mizuki Kiyama, Japan
Stavros Pamballis - “Signs” by Dustin Rees, Switzerland
Rationale: The National competition was a showcase of the early, encouraging steps of a new generation of Cypriot animators who are finding their voice and creative identity within a demanding and competitive international space. In this spirit, the Jury noted “In Between” by Eleni Chandriotou for its precise aesthetic choices and characteristic style, deployed in the service of a clear narrative that convincingly reflected the time and place of its creation.
The members of this year’s jury were Elena Alonefti, film director and president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus, Stavros Pamballis, film director and screenwriter, and Alexis Vassiliou, artistic director of Dance House Lemesos.
In the International Competition: Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev. Canada.
In the National Competition: Ena tzi ena by Michalis Papanikolaou.
In the childrens’ program: The Kite by Martin Smatana. Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland.
The Grand Prix awards 1000 euros to the winner. The Best Film award for the National competition gives 500 euros to the winner (awards are sponsored by the Bank of Cyprus)
As the festival organizers state, 'during these terrible times for all humanity, international festivals around the world were dealt a huge blow. Animafest Cyprus managed to escape this wave of cancellations because screenings take place outdoors. We count ourselves extremely lucky to have been able to honour the selected films by showing them on the big screen. While it is wonderful that digital platforms have provided so much accessibility in the last few months, making possible the realization of film festivals online, the collective viewing experience that we were able to share these last few days is priceless and must never be taken for granted".
2019 Festival Coverage
Awards for the 18th edition of Countryside Animafest Cyprus Views of the World:
International Jury committee (International & National competition): Pierre Hébert (Canada), Liu Yi (China) , Petros Charalambous (Cyprus).
2018 Festival Coverage