Best International Animated Short
Vassilis C. Karamitsanis was born in Athens, in 1976. After finishing school at the Athens College, he studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR). Holding postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Rotterdam (NL), Hamburg (D) and Aix-Marseille III (F), he
is an attorney-at-Law licensed by the Athens Bar since 2001. Since 2008 he is president of Animasyros International Animation Festival and since 2015 president of ASIFA HELLAS - Hellenic Animation Association. In 2018 he received the title of the Knight in the Order of Letters & Arts of France. Since November 2018 he chairs the board of the Greek National Opera.
Nancy Denney-Phelps is a journalist writing about European animation and festivals as well as a producer of music for animation. Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting live performances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation from around the world.
Nancy's writings have appeared in such publications as CARTOON and ANIMATOON as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network). She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors.
Nancy has served on numerous International Animation Festival juries and taught time management for animators at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design. Her strong interest in the history of animation has led her to present programs on the history of animation traced through music at many animation festivals and conferences worldwide. She also works as advisor to several animation festivals and is in demand as a pitching coach at numerous pitching events.
Paschalis Paschalis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia.
His research interests include user interface design, project management, animation and visual communication. He has been presenting his research and films at international conferences and animation festivals and has a vast professional experience in the fields of graphic and web design, multimedia and project management.
He has worked on funded research projects, served in academic, reviewing and design and animation curatorial committees, and has been appointed by the Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency (HQA) as a member of the team for the external evaluation of Greek Universities.
He has been teaching in tertiary education since 1998 and he is the founder of the BA program in Applied Multimedia at the University of Nicosia. He currently holds the positions of head of the Department of Design & Multimedia and president of the Cyprus Animation Association and ASIFA chapter.
Best Student International Animated Short
Christos Panagos has been involved with the moving picture since 2002. A passion that came as a natural continuation of his love for cinema. In 2005 he created his first documentary and up until today, although he has worked in other genres, documentary is still his favorite. He studied filmmaking in Denmark and he has participated in many international productions and his works have screened in movie festivals in Greece and abroad.
His latest documentary was produced in collaboration with the National Hellenic Research foundation.
He also has strong bonds with Perama, since the mid 90’s he was part of the music collective of Active Member.
Nicos Synnos is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine Arts, at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology. He holds the MA and PgDip titles in Visual Communication with specializations in Animation and Cartoon Imagery from Birmingham City University (UK) and a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication with specialization in Graphic Communication from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and the California State University in Long Beach (USA).
He has worked for several years on animation, TV and Internet animation productions in New York, London and Cyprus. He participated and earned awards at international animation and film festivals, and video art exhibitions.
He founded the experimental animation workshop “toonachunks” in Limassol, and he is a founding member and member of the organizational and artistic committee of Animafest International, founding member of ASIFA Cyprus, founding member of NeMe and president of the Limassol Film Club. He has been teaching animation, photography and design in Cypriot higher education since 2001.
His research interests focuses on experimental cinema with emphasis on animation, filmic time and space, and frame by frame animation applications, and the production of experimental moving images in virtual spaces and new media.
Best Cypriot Animated Short
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.
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 (Łódź, Poland) and MFII Script 2 Film (Nisyros, Greece).
Best Animated Documentary
Maria Anestopoulou was born in Larissa Greece. She studied Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and pursued postgraduate studies in Intellectual & Industrial Property Law at the University of Kent in the UK. She has been a founding member and programme director of Platforma Video, an international film festival dedicated to the art of digital film that has been taking place in Athens from 2003-2009. In 2008, with Vassilis Karamitsanis she has founded Animasyros International Animation Festival. There, she holds the position of the Festival Director. In her non-animated world she is the administrative & financial director of the Greek National Opera and she collects fridge magnets.
Charalambos Charalambous was born in Paphos, Cyprus, 1980.
When he was a child he liked taking toys apart...
While studying Maths, he somehow got an MA 'n PhD in Film Studies; so he teaches video making.
...the toys remain in pieces, still!
Michael Kalopaidis is the founder of Zedem Media, Cyprus’ leading animation studio. In his 12 years of industry experience, he produced over one hundred animation projects, including 22 TED-Ed and 20 School of Life. He was a Delegate Producer for the short 3D animation film ‘Dragon Receipies’ (2018) and is also the Producer & Director for the 2D short animation film ’The Parrot Lady’ which is currently in the production stage. He holds a BA degree in Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and an MA in Media Management from Middlesex University, London.
Best Animated Music Video
Alexandros Yennaris is one of the leading Cypriot experts in the field of animated film and visual effects. He is specialised in the production of 2D and 3D, Animation, Motion Graphics, Digital VFX, films for cinema, television advertisements and web channels.
Alexandros' experience varies from advertising agencies to television channels. As an ex producer of animated films for one of the top advertising agencies of Cyprus, he is supported by the year-long experience in the field of the industry, having worked in local, national and international campaigns, including the production of independent works for several production companies of advertising film, government services and work renown company brands. In the last years he has been working as responsible for the multimedia production for the University of Nicosia as well as a freelancer.
He is a founding member and a member of the board of the Cyprus Association of Animation Professionals.
Alexandros has a Bachelor of Science in the field of Computer Animation by the London Metropolitan University, as well as a Master of Science in the fields of Computer Animation and Digital VFX from the University of Kent.
Born in Texas, composer/musician Nik Phelps now lives and works in Gent, Belgium. He has played with musical artists as diverse as Eric Johnson and Lou Rawls, Frank Zappa and Jo Lemaire. He recorded for over 10 years with Tom Waits, playing on three soundtracks and five CDs, from The Black Rider, Bunny, and Mule Variations to Alice, Blood Money and Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. Current Belgian groups he performs with include The Sprocket Ensemble, Trio Farfoel, Bop Sh’Bam and The Cabaretti Orchestra.
He began working with film music in 1988 with the seminal San Francisco soundtrack group The Club Foot Orchestra, and has been working in the animation field since 1995, writing for the CBS Television series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. In 1996, he was nominated for an ASIFA Annie Award for his music.
He is now involved in the animation world, creating music for and programming the works of animators such as Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Lei Lei and Ivan Maximov. It is Nik’s great pleasure to work with directors of all ages, both in the creation of soundtracks and sound design, in working with schools and festivals with workshops dealing with the processes of creation and performance, and taking part in the jurying of animation and film festivals.
Yanis Athanasopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He is a Marine Engineer with an MBA from Manchester Business School. He is working for a consulting company with neuroscience applications on re-engineering people & business. He is the Volunteer Coordinator for Animasyros International Festival and is in charge of the production for the Animasyros touring events throughout the year.