The fourth edition of the international animation festival the Animattikon Project will bring Paphos to life next week with a series of activities and events dedicated to the art of animation.
The physical events of the festival launch on September 8 yet from September 6 onwards, a part of the festival will be available only digitally. The in-person events begin with a presentation by Dr Doros Polydorou, who will talk about the interactive VR installation The Last Play at Kimonos Art Centre. The installation is a project created by a team of students of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of Tepak. On September 9 The Last Play will be displayed at the House of Arts and Literature of Paphos and the installation will be on until September 12.
On the first day of the festival a selection of animated short films from the original Superman animated series of 1941, by the Fleischer studios, will take place. This was the first adaptation of the popular comic book in film and this year marks the 80th anniversary of the release of the first film of the series. The screening will be accompanied by live improvisational music performed by George Bizios on guitar and Omiros Miltiadous on the drums.
On the evening of September 9, Cesar-awarded French producer Olivier Catherin will present a lecture on animated film production, followed by a presentation by American journalist and animated film historian Nancy Denney-Phelps and her husband, composer Nik Phelps, with the title Toons and Tunes, on the history of the use of music in animated films.
On September 10, 11 and 12 the official selection of films of this year’s edition of the festival will be presented at Kimonos Art Centre with more than 80 short animated films from more than 25 countries. The films are competing for the Golden Hats, the awards inaugurated by the festival during its previous edition.
The screenings on Sunday 12 will be followed by the award ceremony at Kimonos Art Centre before the festival closes with a party at CRAFT Bar, a long-lasting official supporter of the Animattikon Project.
Also on during the final day of the festival is a parallel special screening programme, The Wandering Festival, which will take place at Rialto Theatre in Limassol with animated films for children and films from the Animattikon Project’s archive.
All films presented will be put on the group’s website until the end of September.
Animattikon Project 2021
Film screenings, talks and installations. September 6-12. Kimonos Art Centre, Paphos. www.animattikon.com