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From the 18th - 21st July 2013, Prasteio Avdimou & Columbia Beach Resort, Pissouri Bay
Renowned as a staunch supporter of the arts, the Columbia Hotels & Resorts LTD, whose own Chapel walls are adorned by the fresco paintings of the late John Corbidge, have chosen to sponsor this years International Countryside Animafest Cyprus,to support one of Cyprus’ most exciting film festivals, an international event focusing on animation, organized by local artists.
For the 12th consecutive year, Animafest will showcase some of the choicest animated films from all over the world, in a magical setting by the sea and under the stars, Prastio Avdimou and Columbia Beach Resort, on the lawns of the Columbia Beach Resort.
Animafest Cyprus - Views of the World, the main platform for animated films in Cyprus, will, for the first time this summer, be introducing a new category giving local artists the opportunity promote their work internationally. One of the main objectives of the International Animation Festival of Cyprus is the development of awareness for animated filmmaking and to cultivate this field, by providing a platform for young artists whilst simultaneously educating the public. To achieve these goals they organize screenings and sidebar events throughout the year, such as workshops, seminars and lectures for adults, students and children, as well as participating in other international animation festivals.
Columbia Hotel & Resorts LTD is supporting this year’s event alongside the Hellenic Bank. In their capacity as sponsor, the Columbia Hotels & Resorts LTD will support parallel and new screenings at their Beach Resort on Pissouri Bay, along with screenings in the village of Prasteio Avdimou. Columbia will also be hosting a series of master classes and screenings of children’s animated films, as well as the closing event and award ceremony for the International and Cypriot Competitions of the 12th International Animafest Cyprus.
Hellenic Bank will award the International and Cypriot participants. The Bank also sponsors a series of children’s animation workshops and supports a series of children’s animation film screenings.
The Festival was conceived of in 2002 in the picturesque village of Platanistia; beginning as a small documentary festival, the first of its kind in Cyprus. Eleven years later, it remains loyal to decentralization, creating a unique interaction between people from the city and the villages hosting the event, revealing the beauty of the countryside and the magic of viewing films under the stars and in rural surroundings. This makes the festival’s character and cultural contribution, unique. Throughout the years, the Festival has evolved and expanded its international character. The small Cyprus Festival has been warmly embraced by the international arena and has created important friendships and allies within the Animation community worldwide.
The Cyprus International Animation Festival states their mission is to offer the Cypriot audience a selection of the best animated film productions from around the world, thus cultivating within them an appreciation for the genre. C.I.A.F. see themselves as the vehicle to inspire and promote Cypriot artists wishing to expose their work to an international audience by using the potential and strength offered to them by the festival.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Festival is jointly organized by NGOs Hambis Printmaking Museum (www.hambisprintmakingcenter.org.cy) and Views of the World Festival and for the first time it also has the official support of ASIFA Cyprus (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation - asifa.net).
More about the Festival and this year’s program as well as information of other important activities will be announced shortly. For any additional information please visit their website at: www.animafest.com.cy
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