The Tutors

Andreas Aristodimou was born in Paphos, Cyprus. He completed his bachelor in Illustration in Birmingham City University (2015-2018). The last summer before the beginning of his final year he made his first stop motion animation short film which was a personal project while being at Kimonos Art Centre. After that, he fully committed his final year working with stop motion animation in many different roles, ending up completing another two short films in one year’s duration. Later, he continued his studies on stop motion animation specializing in puppet making by studying a one-year master’s degree at Arts University Bournemouth (2018-2019). Through that year he worked as an assistant animator in another stop motion animation short film. At the same time, he worked on his personal projects, learning puppet making techniques used in the stop motion animation industry such as moulding and casting with silicone, resin and foam. After the completion of his degree he moved to Bristol where he started working as a freelancer.

Marios Mattheou was born in Paphos in 1985. He studied graphic arts, with a specialization in animation and multimedia in the Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Greece. He then received a post diploma in interactive media in the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, Cyprus. He is working as a graphic designer in the advertisment and product promotion department of a private company. Since 2008 he has been visiting schools in Cyprus and Greece, organizing animation workshops and teaching animated techniques to children and adults. He has participated in several international animation festivals with his films, receiving awards and distinctions.

Thomas Kunstler (b. 1991 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian filmmaker / stop motion animator who currently lives and works in Athens. He received his degree in Film Production in 2015, specialising on Directing and Documentary Production, from the University for the Creative Arts, (Farnham, United Kingdom). His work has been featured in multiple festivals like the Animasyros Film Festival (Syros, Greece), Herceg Novi Film Festival (Montenegro), the Drama Film Festival (Drama, Greece), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, UK) and the RTS Student Television Awards (London, UK) and more. Today he lives in Athens, Greece. In collaboration with Animasyros and independently, he leads animation workshop for kids all around Greece. His latest work deals with Greek music and culture. He is currently working on Markos: a stop motion animation feature film about the life of the Rembetiko musician Markos Vamvakaris, produced by StudioBauhaus. This animation project has been selected for pitching at the Animasyros film Agora (Athens, Greece), and for development in Albascript, (in the frame of the Balkan Film Market, Tirana), Animarkt Festival (Łód , Poland) and MFII Script 2 Film (Nisyros, Greece).

Panayiota Michael was born in Paphos in 1987 and studied Illustration for Animation in the United Kingdom. She works as a Graphic Designer & Cartoon Illustrator in Paphos where she participated in a variety of art projects and workshops. In 2009 she represented Cyprus in Brussels at the Eurocartoon Exhibition as she was honored with the 1st Prize in the National Cartoon Contest in Cyprus. In 2014 she was invited to visit public schools in order to present the profession of cartoon artist and show to hundreds of kids how to design their own cartoons.

Giorgos Nikopoulos studied in the University of the Arts of Sound and Image of the Ionian University, where he mainly focused on animation and performance arts. He has worked as an actor in theater and as an assistant director of Dimos Avdeliodis from 2010 to 2013. In 2014 he founded Baubo Productions and completed his first short animated film, «Agesilaos’ Cookies» («Τα μουστοκούλουρα του Αγησίλαγου»). From October 2013 he is a PhD candidate in the department of the Arts of Sound and Image, researching on the relations between animation and shadow theater. His first feature-length film, «THEOX» premiered in the International Competition Section of the 58th Thessaloniki Film Festival in November 2017 and participated in several international film festivals receiving various distinctions. In 2018 he was selected by the company ARTWORKS, under the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, as one of the 15 awarded young Greek artists of the audiovisual sector.

The Animattikon Project / The International Animation Festival of Pafos / A Production of Kimonos Art Center

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