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Countryside Animafest Cyprus-Views of the World celebrates its 19th edition with a world-class program, featuring a national, international and Children competition for recent short independent animation films.  

Countryside Animafest Cyprus is Cyprus’ official animation event. It was founded to showcase animation films from around the world, presenting the finest productions and focusing on non-commercial author films. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the artist in residency, as part of the animation and contemporary art program is postponed. However, a focus on animation and contemporary art will still be part of the festival as a film program.

The competition program includes 55 films. Besides the national and international competitions for recent shorts, short films for children from the last two years will be screened in an international children’s competition program. 

Among others,  films by Theodore Ushev (Canada), Stuart Pound (UK), Elisabeth Hobbs (UK), Kaspar Jancis (Estonia), Steven Subotnic (USA), Atsushi Wada (Japan), Simone Massi (Italy), Konstantin Bronzit (Russia).

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the festival will present a limited version of the festival with no international guests, exhibitions and masterclasses. This year’s edition will be a national event, with a jury and guests from Cyprus.

The international and national competitions will be judged by three distinguished Cypriot artists: filmmaker and president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus Elena Aloneftis, the award-winning filmmaker Stavros Pampalis and the artistic director of the contemporary dance house of Limassol and performer Alexis Vasiliou. In the children's film competition, children from the audience get the final say by voting for their favorite film

Official Selection 2020 (in alphabetical order):


  • Adonis and the Lockdown Tactics, Adonis Archodtides, Cyprus 2020
  • Cambia Tutto, Anastasia Mougis, Cyprus 2019
  • Crime and Punishment, Daria Burkut, Cyprus, Russia 2020
  • Enan tzi’ enan, Michalis Papanicolaou, Cyprus 2020
  • Game Over, Savvas Constantinou, Cyprus 2020
  • In Between, Eleni Chadriotou, Cyprus 2020
  • The Loop, Dimitris Kyriakou, Cyprus 2020
  • Pafsi, Christos Avraam, Ioannis Kyriakides, Cyprus 2020
  • Pendulum, Totis Raphael, Cyprus 2020
  • With out wings, Despo Potamou, Cyprus 2020

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FILM PROGRAM (Curated by Yiorgos Tsangaris and Gerben Schermer)

  • All Her Dying Lovers, Anna Benner, Germany, Czech Republic, 2020
  • Alphabets Heaven - Comte, Natalia Ryss, Israel, 2019
  • My Exercise, Atsushi Wasa, Japan, 2020
  • Bath House of Whales, Mizuki Kiyama, Japan, 2019
  • BOOKANIMA: Andy Warhol, Shon Kim, USA / South Korea, 2019
  • Care, Riley Brown, USA, 2020
  • Ciervo, Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma, USA, 2020
  • Correre, Nicholas Bertini, Italy, 2019
  • Cosmonaut, Kaspar Jancis, Estonia, 2019
  • Crab, Shiva Sadegh Asadi, Iran, 2020
  • Daughter, Alina Titorenko, Czech Republic, 2019
  • Deep Love, Mykyta Lyskov, Ukraine, 2019
  • Domus, Delphine Priet-Maheo, France, 2019
  • Drake, rope and acorn, Alina Titorenko, Russia, 2019
  • Drive, Pedro Casavecchia, Argentina, France, 2019
  • Edge, Steven Subotnick, USA, 2019
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Meredith Binnette, USA, 2020
  • The Flounder, Elizabeth Hobbs, UK, Austria, 2019
  • Fortune, Em Jiang, USA, 2020
  • Freeze Frame, Soetkin Verstegen, Germany, Belgium, 2019
  • Gerald's Long Day, Samuel Brumbaugh, USA, 2020
  • He can’t live without cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 2019
  • The Infinite, Simone Massi, Italy, 2020
  • Inside me, Maria Trigo Teixeria, Germany, 2019
  • Kantentanz, Camille Geiβler, Elisabeth Jakobi, Germany, 2019
  • Le Songe de Soares, Thibault Cholet, France, 2020
  • Mate, Chaerin Im, USA, 2020
  • My Galactic Twin Galaction, Sasha Svirsky, Russia, 2020
  • The Physics of Sorrow, Theodore Ushev, Canada, 2019
  • Prelude, Rick Niebe, Italy, 2019
  • Revolykus, Victor Orozco Ramirez, Germany, Mexico, 2020
  • Root Shock, Yihan Wang, USA, 2020
  • Run version vertical, Stuart Pound, UK, 2019
  • Serial Parallels, Max Hattler, Germany, Hong Kong, 2019
  • Signs, Dustin Rees, Switzerland, 2020
  • Washing Machine, Alexandra Májová, Czech Republic, 2019

CHILDREN’S FILM COMPETITION & PROGRAM (Curated by Anet ter Horst, Anna Ida Oroz and Yiorgos Tsangaris)

  • Beware the Wolf!, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, Julie Rembauville, France, 2019
  • Duodrom, Basil Vogt, Switzerland, 2019
  • The Girl-bird, Ekaterina Nevostrueva, Russia, 2019
  • The Kite, Martin Smatana, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, 2019
  • The Neighbors, Valentina Arkhipova, Russia, 2019
  • o28, Otalia Caussé, Fabien Meyran, Geoffroy Collin, Robin Merle, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, France, 2019
  • The Swamp, Vera Vyugina, Russia, 2020
  • The Tomten and the Fox, Yaprak Morali, Norway, 2019
  • Wolfrid's Wish, Anna Ryzhkova, Canada, 2019

The Grand Prix includes a cash price of 1,000 euro and an original silkscreen print of the festival poster, signed by the artist, Croatian illustrator and animation filmmaker Lucija Mrzljak.

The 19th Countryside Animafest Cyprus – Views of the World, The International Animation Festival of Cyprus will take place, 09-12 August 2020, live at Salamiou, the festival’s main venue. 

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