ASIFA-HELLAS, is a group of 50 active professional members (as of December, 2014)
Our members consist of talented animation artists and professors, all working in the front line of the animation field. Since our foundation in 2008, we have dedicated our time and efforts for the development of animation art as well as fostering the young generation, through various ways. One of those main activities is organizing the International Animation Festival in Greece— at Ermoupolis, Syros Island, animasyros (http://www.animasyros.gr/)—held annually since 2007, under the endorsement of ASIFA -Hellas, and co-organized by Cycladian Prefecture as well the Greek Ministry of Culture. Since the first festival, Ermoupolis City and ASIFA have always shared the same goal to achieve everlasting friendship through the development of animation art.
In 2015, the Greek animation sector celebrated 70 years of existence. It was in early 1945, when Stamatis Polenakis, from Sifnos island, presented for the first time to an amazed Athenian audience the anti-fascist satire short film titled Duce Narrates.
From the first Greek animation to date, we have come a long way. Especially in the past few years, the Greek animation sector is experiencing an unprecedented growth. During the years of the crisis, a new dynamic generation of artists has produced films
which were screened and awarded internationally recognized prizes for the emergence of new aesthetic paths, but also for their often sharp themes. The sectors that have played the most crucial role during said growth are the country’s higher education and art education communities, the pioneering artists of previous generations, but also many artists from within the Greek Diaspora.
A publication was realized with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, seeks to capture a segment of this exciting journey on the occasion of the 70-year celebration.
In the new era of ASIFA HELLAS, our goal is for Greek animation to increasingly become the center of attention of the audience and the forefront of artistic development internationally.
please visit www.greekanimation.com
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