The international short animated film festival ‘The Animattikon Project’, a production of Kimonos Art Center, returns for its second year, with an even richer and more complete programme. As last year, the festival will be opening up the festivities with the celebration of the International Animation Day, on the 28th of October 2018 and will continue with a series of screenings and workshops in different venues in Paphos.
The Animattikon Project is happy to invite Michael Kalopedis for a presentation of Zedem Animations. Michael will speak about the studio, how it begun and how it grew through the years. He will also speak about the exciting projects that are now on the making. The presentation will take place at Technopolis 20, on Sunday, 4th of November 2018, at 6:30pm, before the screening of the third part of the Animattikon Project's official selection of 2018.
Within the context of the official selection screenings programme of the festival, a selection of 54 films from 31 countries will be screened throughout the weekend 2-4 of November 2018. The third evening of screenings of the films of the official selection for 2018 will take place at Technopolis 20, on Sunday, 4th of November 2018, at 8pm. Screenings will precede on Friday, 2nd of November 2018 at Kimonos Art Center and on Saturday, 3rd of November 2018 at ANANAs 8bit Coffee. Don’t miss them!
Below find the analytical programme of The Animattikon Project 2018
Sunday, 28th of October 2018, 19:00, Kimonos Art Center
Celebrating the International animation Day and opening of ‘The Animattikon Project’ 2018
19:00, Exhibition ‘The History of Animation’
21:00, Screening of films in collaboration with the festival’s partners World Film Fair and the Firenze FilmCorti Festival
Wednesday, 31st of October 2018, 20:00, ANANAs 8Bit Coffee
Special Halloween Screening
Special screenings of a program of animated short horror animated films on the occasion of Halloween. The screenings are organized in collaboration with the World Film Fair and the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. During the evening, delicious cocktails will be served. The screening will be followed by a Halloween party.
Wednesday – Thursday, 31st of October – 1st of November 2018, 16:00, Kimonos Art Center
Animation Workshop for Children
Italian director and animator Thomas Kunstler, official guest of the Animattikon Project 2018, organizes a two-day animation workshop for children at the Kimonos Art Center. The workshop is addressed to children aged from 7 to 13 and its theme is the animals. During the workshop, the children will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of the art of animation and, under the guidance of Thomas Kunstler, create a short animated film which will be screened on Saturday, 3rd of November, before the screening of the films of the official selection of the Animattikon Project 2018 at ANANAs 8bit Coffee. Thomas is visiting the Animattikon Project thanks to our collaboration with Animasyros International Animation Festival + Agora. There is a limited number of participants, so those interested in participating should sign up by contacting the Kimonos Art Center through email at [email protected], by message on the Center's Facebook page or by phone at 99578003.
Thursday, 1st of November 2018, 20:00 Kimonos Art Center
Presentation by Thomas Kunstler
Italian director and animator Thomas Kunstler, official guest of the Animattikon Project 2018, will present his work in film and animation. He will also talk about his exciting ongoing project, “Markos”, a full length stop motion film about the life of the legendary rebetiko composer, Markos Vamvakaris. Thomas Kunstler is visiting the Animattikon Project thanks to our collaboration with Animasyros International Animation Festival.
Friday – Sunday, 2nd – 4th of November 2018, 20:00
The Animattikon Project: Official Selection Screenings
The Animattikon Project invites you to the evenings of screenings of the films of the official selection for 2018, a selection of 54 films from 31 countries:
Part 1, Friday, 2nd of November 2018, Kimonos Art Center
Part 2, Saturday, 3rd of November 2018, ANANAs 8Bit Coffee
Part 3, Sunday, 4th of November 2018, Technopolis 20
Saturday, 3rd of November 2018, 10:00, Almyra Hotel
Screening of Animated Films for children
The Animattikon Project invites you at Almyra Hotel for the screening of a program of animated films for children from the archive of the Animasyros International Animation Festival + Agora, an official partner of The Animattikon Project. The children will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 15 animation film from different countries around the world.
Sunday, 4th of November, 18:00, Technopolis 20
Animations made in Cyprus: The story of Zedem Media
The Animattikon Project is happy to invite Michael Kalopedis for a presentation of Zedem Animations. Michael will speak about the studio, how it begun, how it grew through the years and also about the exciting projects that are now on the making.
Saturday, 10th of November 2018, 20:00, ANANAs 8Bit Coffee
Exclusive screening of the awarded documentary ‘Persistence of Vision’ by Kevin Schreck
“Striving to make the greatest animated film of all time, visionary animator Richard Williams ('Who Framed Roger Rabbit') toiled for more than a quarter century on his masterpiece - only to have it torn from his hands. Filmmaker Kevin Schreck has woven together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with key animators and artists who worked with Williams on his ill-fated magnum opus to bring this legendary story to the screen.
A tale of creative genius gone horribly awry, ‘Persistence of Vision’ is the untold story of the greatest animated film never made.” The screening is organized in collaboration and thanks to the generosity of director Kevin Schreck and his company Kevin Schreck Productions.
Sunday, 11th of November 2018, 20:00, Kimonos Art Center
Exclusive screening of ‘The Ox’ by Giorgos Nikopoulos
The aged inhabitants of an imaginary land are going through a tough test: they are forced to transform their earth into a golden kingdom by adding a magic fertilizer to their crops. As they are subjected, they can do nothing but accept this command. Yet, a fearless girl shows that an overturn is about to happen. After the screening, we will have the occasion to discuss with the director who will be present, as he is visiting Cyprus as a guest of the Animattikon Project.
Free entrance to all the events
Find the full programme of the Animattikon Project here
A few words about The Animattikon Project
The Animattikon Project is a short animated film festival that takes place in the town of Pafos, Cyprus, organized by the Kimonos Art Center.
It is an event that embraces a wide range of activities revolving around the subject of animated film: a series of animation workshops open to the wide public, conferences and lectures on the history and theory of animation, cine-concerts where music is accompanied by animation and vice-versa. Several side screenings are organized as parallel events.
All these activities are not merely side events of the festival's screenings but are proposed as a central element, in the same level as the screenings. The actual meaning of the word "festival" is the celebration. Celebration presupposes participation, not simply attendance. To celebrate something means to be together in something and to enjoy doing it. This is the purpose of the Animattikon Project: to make the notions of the creation of animated films accessible to everybody. Through the workshops, conferences and lectures, the public is introduced to the wide range of animated techniques, to the multiple levels of forms the animation film can take and to the plethora of situations it can be applied to.
This way, the screenings of films are offered to a much more instructed and better informed public and are proposed as something to read into. People will have the opportunity to understand the implications of the animated films they are watching in a deeper level. The knowledge they can access through the festivals activities will allow them to appreciate and better understand the work that goes behind what they are watching.
Another of the main aspects of the Animattikon Project is its location. Even though the project takes place in three other places in the town of Paphos (the café Ananas 8bit, the cultural center Technopolis20 and the Kimonos Art Center) the center of its activities is the historical cinema theater Attikon (after which the Project is named).
The Attikon is one of the first cinemas of the town of Paphos. It opened in 1938 by Nicolas Taliotis (also known as Attikos, a name people gave him after his cinema). It was located in an old warehouse owned by the Turkish Cypriot Moustapha Ahmed-Rasheed, a well known benefactor of Paphos at a time where the two communities coexisted without troubles.
The cinema changed owners and name around the end of the eighties. It was renamed Othello (after the Shakespearian character of the story taking place in Cyprus, a name quite popular in the island). Around the begining of the 2000s it closed and remained abandoned for several years, up until Paphos was awarded the title of the European Capital of Culture for the year 2017. The cinema was then renovated and transformed into a cultural space, where screenings, theaters, concerts and exhibitions can be hosted.
The great thing about the Attikon Cinema is that it is one of the few (if not the only) space in Paphos that survives as such, without losing its function in the passing of years. It has always been a cinema, a meeting place for people of all ages, all along the twentieth century. The generational gap separating the memories people of different generations have of the town of Paphos (a town that changed rapidly and without much thought) does not exist when it comes to Attikon. People may remember it as Attikon or as Othellos, the building's arrangement may have been different from time to time, but it is for everyone a place rich in warm memories, a place of enjoyment. It is, in other words, a common place.
The Animattikon Project started as an event hosted by the European Capital of Culture PAFOS2017. It took place from October 28 to November 9 2017. It was the occasion for concerts, conferences, lectures, workshops and screenings revolving around animated film. Now, we are attempting at making an annual event out of it.