International Animated Short Films
Christa Pfafferott works as a writer and director in Germany. In her film THE CORNER (90 min., 2021), screend at
the Dokfilm fest Leipzig, she traces the story of a photo from 1945 with archive, documentary and 3D material.
Her previous film "Another World" (80 min.) about nurses and patients in a clinic for forensic psychiatry was
awarded with the Marlies Hesse Prize and shown repeatedly at festivals, on television and is actually screened on
Netflix. She also wrote her dissertation “The panoptic gaze” on the subject.
Her films such as “Heavy Birth”, “Festival of the Elderly” or “Ms Pabst & Ms Wüst” have received various funding
From 2018-2019 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. She graduated as
an artistic-scientific doctorate as Dr. phil in art at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts.
From 2004-2009 she studied film directing at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. In 2004 she graduated from
the Henri Nannen School of Journalism in Hamburg.
As an author, she writes for German publishers and newspapers and the bi-weekly column “Between People”,
inspired through observations in everyday life. She is a lecturer for experimental film (Filmgestaltung) which
includes animation film, for script writing and content development at the Filmakademy Baden-Württemberg.
British animator Joanna Quinn discovered animation while studying Graphic Design at Middlesex University London. Her graduation film Girls Night Out, introduced audiences to the character of Beryl and kick started Joanna’s animation career by winning 3 awards at Annecy. She is renowned internationally for her drawing skills, wonderful characterisations and her humour. Joanna’s films have won many awards including 4 BAFTA’s, 3 EMMY’s and 3 OSCAR ® nominations. Joanna works collaboratively with writer/producer partner Les Mills and their most recent film Affairs of the Art was nominated at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Dr Eleni Mouri is a professor of animation in the Department of Graphic Design and Visual Communication of the University of West Attica.
She holds a BA in Graphic Design, a MSc in Animation and a PhD on the subject of Animation in Advertising.
She has worked for fifteen years as a freelance animator on TV animated spots such as Kounoupi, Blitz, Artoon and Kuak.
Since 1987, she has been teaching TV Graphics, Storyboarding, Cartoon and Animation.
A selection of student films created under her supervision may be seen here: www.youtube.com/teianima
She has taught History of Animation, Motion Graphics and Audio-visual Content Production in the framework of Master programs.
She is the director of the UNIWA master program ANIMATION (2D and 3D) and teaches Principles of Screenplay and Cinematic Narration and Two-Dimensional Animation.
She has also taught Animation in various European Universities under the ERASMUS + program and summer schools.
FRAME by FRAME, 2004, second edition 2009 and 1960 -2000 Greek Animation, from NEXUS Publications.
Her work has been published in international academic journals and conference proceedings.
Student International Animated Short Films
Les Mills studied Fine Art in Cardiff, london and the USA but gradually became more interested in film, culminating in him becoming Director of the Film School at the University of Wales, Newport. Les first collaborated with Joanna on her graduation film Girls Night Out and since then they have worked together, forming Beryl Productions International in 1988. Les wrote & produced the next 3 award winning Beryl films and produced Wife of Bath for which he won a Bafta and an Emmy. He received the 2022 British Animation Awards Writers Award and was nominated for an Oscar for Affairs of the Art.
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 as well as an Ambassador At Large for the Emile Awards. 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. She is the pitching coach at ANIMARKT in Lodz, Poland as well as a member of their Brain Trust Advisory Board. 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 in 2019 was the recipient of a Life Time Achievement Award from ANIMA KON Animation Festival in Bilbao, Spain.
Georgia Doetzer is a cultural professional with experience in programming and implementing international projects related to arts and culture.
In 2015 she was appointed Director for the Artistic Program of the European Capital of Culture in Pafos2017.
Since the completion of the ECoC Pafos2017, she is Chief Executive by the Rialto Theatre, a major cultural foundation and arts venue based in Limassol.
Christos Panagos studied filmmaking at the European Film College in Denmark and computer communications in Greece.
He 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 - fiction films, music videos, video art - documentary is still his favorite. He has taken part in many international productions and his works have been screened at film festivals in Greece and abroad.
In 2017 he founded “IndigoFlicks” a production company based in Athens, that specializes in the audiovisual and cultural sector. IndigoFlicks collaborates with international film production professionals and artists and its productions vary from short films to feature documentaries and music videos to museum installations. around the world.
Yiannis Christidis has studied Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean, holds an MSc in Sound Design from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Social Anthropology of Sound from Cyprus University of Technology. His research focuses on the cultural aspect of sound, and its functionality in everyday life and the relationship between the listeners and their place. He has designed sound and music for audiovisual and radio productions, web applications, and theatrical activities. From 2009 to 2020 he belonged to the Special Teaching Staff of the Department of Communication & Internet Studies.
Animated Music Videos and Commissioned Animated Films
Aspasia Papadima is an Associate Professor in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts at Cyprus University of Technology. She is the founder and coordinator of the Language and Graphic Communication Research Lab (lgcrl.com). Formerly, she worked as a graphic designer in creative and advertising agencies in Greece and, as an art director in the field of advertising in Cyprus. She works both as a graphic design consultant and a graphic artist. Her design work has been awarded in global competitions and exhibited locally and abroad. Her research interests include typographic and linguistic landscapes—ephemeral design and vernacular typography, and urban graphic language—semiotics, typographic design and, advertising. She is a member of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS-AIS), member of the Hellenic Semiotic Society (ΕΣΕ) and, member of the Cyprus Association of Graphic Designers and Illustrators (CAGDI).
Born in Texas, Belgium-based composer Nik Phelps has played with musical artists as diverse as Eric Johnson and Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra and They Might Be Giants, and Frank Zappa and Mary Martin, He recorded with Tom Waits, playing on three films and five CDs. He has been scoring film since 1988, starting with the seminal San Francisco soundtrack group The Club Foot Orchestra, and has been working in the animation field since 1995. In 1996 he founded the live film music project The Sprocket Ensemble. Nik creates music for animators such as Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Lei Lei and Ivan Maximov, and gives workshops dealing with the creative process.
Animated Films for Children
Nicos Synnos is an animator, filmmaker.
He has worked on animation productions in the U.S, U.K. and Cyprus. He founded the animation studio Τoonachunks in Limassol, where he produced animation, short experimental films and videos. He participated and earned awards at international animation, film festivals, and video art exhibitions.
He is a founding member of Animafest International Animation Festival, NeMe Arts Center, Cyprus Animation Association, ASIFA Cyprus and the president of Limassol Cinema Club.
His research interests focus on experimental animation and film, filmic time and space, frame by frame motion, and the production of experimental animation images for film, video and new media.
Synnos has been teaching animation and photography in higher education in Cyprus since 2001. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology and the coordinator of the Lab for Animation Research which studies the artistic possibilities of animation.
Yiannis Philiastides is the director at one and a half.
He is an animator and illustrator with ten years of experience in creating content for animation in various fields.
Yiannis is a critical and creative thinker who wants any project to be the outcome of thorough research and thoughtful execution. In order to really understand the needs of a project, he asks questions until there are no more questions to ask—and his favourite question is ‘Why?’.
When Yiannis is out of the studio he can be found in UCLan Cyprus where he is an Associate Lecturer in Multimedia Production.
He has a particular interest in psychology, economics, sociology, parenting and child development. Yiannis is a father to a 3-year-old boy with whom he constantly makes up stories. He likes to occasionally document and share their adventures through illustration and animation.
In his free time, he enjoys supporting his local football team, plays semi-competitive 5-a-side football twice a week and tends to his small garden.
Dr Alexis Chaviaras, born in Antwerp in 1978, teaches Art and Design courses at European Universities since 2009. His research work at Middlesex University concerned Production Design (DProf) and Art Direction for Computer Animated Films (M.A.). Alexis produced and directed the animated shorts Agrinoui (2015), and Struthio (2011).