Be there! Corfu Animation Festival hosts the acclaimed and multi-awarded Greek animator and director, Panagiotis Rappas, director of the animated shorts “The little mouse who wanted to touch a star” (2007), and “The boy and the tree” (2009), with a talk on literature and animation, and screening of his latest film, The Fountain of Youth.
Panagiotis Rappas was among the first who was enlisted to staff Steven Spielberg's Amblin animation studio in London. He founded (1995) the production company Stardust Pictures, and participated (1999) in the Oscar-nominated short animated film “The Periwig Maker”. At the same time, he co-founded Time Lapse Pictures (L.A.), while working as a director and layout supervisor in the films “Rugrats the Movie” and “Rugrats in Paris” (Paramount/Nickelodeon). He is a voting member of the A.M.P.A.S. Academy of Arts and Sciences (US).
The festival will screen his latest animated short film, The Fountain of Youth, based on a short story by Koizumi Yakumo aka Lafcadio Hearn. P. Rappas will also talk on the relationships of literature and animation in the Open Discussion event "Animation in the 21st century: It's everywhere!" (6 April).
The fountain of youth, Panagiotis Rappas (GREECE, 2011), 15' 45''
2D computer animation, 3D computer animation.
LONG, LONG ago there lived somewhere among the mountains of Japan a poor woodcutter and his wife. They were very old, and had no children. Every day the husband went, alone to the forest to cut wood, while the wife sat weaving at home.
Director: Panagiotis Rappas
Producer: Panagiotis Rappas, Greek Film Center, Elliniko Sxedio
Screenplay: (Based on the Short Story by Lafcadio Hearn - Yakumo Koizumi) Panagiotis Rappas
Animation: Flora Chagimichali, Mariza Litina, Panagiotis Rappas, Nikos Spathis
Music: Dimitris Papadimitriou
«τThe Little Mouse that Wanted to Touch a Star" Greece 2007
1. Martha’s Vineyard / USA: Best in fest
2. Cyprus International Film Festival / CYPRUS: Best Animation
3. London Greek Film Festival / UK: Best Animation
4. Athens AnimFest 2008 / GREECE: Ειδικό Βραβείο Επιτροπής
5. Patras International Film Festival GREECE: Best Animation
«The Boy and the Tree» / Greece 2009
1. Athens AnimFest 2009 / GREECE: Best Animation
2. Voted by the EUROPEAN BROADCASTERS UNION (EBU) / GENEVA: Second Best TV
Production in Europe for Children and Juniors 2009
3. 12th Patras International Film Festival 2009 / GREECE: Best Animation