S2: Our animal friends

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Aurelia, Christos Bourantas, Kreon Krionas (GREECE 2015, 15' 40")

aurelia still-web2D computer animation, 3D computer animation

A young girl drifts through the dark, empty city on a lonely journey. Fragments of her past unfold the story of an unusual phenomenon to which her life is bound: a worldwide jellyfish outbreak.


Director: Christos Bourantas, Kreon Krionas
Producer: Phaedra Vokali
Storyboard: Kreon Krionas
Animation: Kreon Krionas, Christos Bourantas, George Farazis
Music: Christos Bourantas
Editing: Christos Bourantas


Christos Bourantas was born and raised in Arta, Greece. He has a degree in Architecture from the NTU Athens and has been awarded as an architect in the past, while retaining a pure passion for storytelling. He has broad experience in publishing (comics, illustrations) and music/sound design. In the recent years he has been working in the field of digital media as a 3D designer, artist, animator and filmmaker. "Aurelia" (2015) is his first animated short film. He lives in Athens.

Rabbit Tales, Lisa Fukaya (JAPAN 2016, 3' 14")

rabbit-tales-web2D computer animation

Livestock were lovingly raised. Even though we know that life repeats itself, and, in the end, she will just just a delicious meal. [edited by festival team]


Director: Lisa Fukaya
Producer: Lisa Fukaya
Storyboard-animation-editing: Lisa Fukaya
Music: Yuki Hirasedo


LISA FUKAYA (1989/07/25) TOKYO Japan Education Musashino Art Univercity - Design Course

Ferdinand, A Country Rat in the Trenches, Jean-Jacques Prunes (FRANCE 2016, 9' 04")

Ferdinand-a-country-rat-webDrawing on paper

Unwittingly promoted to whistleblower in case of toxic gas attacks, a country rat tells about his daily life in the trenches during the Great War. The point of view is original, critical and humorous, and at the same time compassionate with the «poilu» (the WWI French soldier), portrayed as a rat trapped in a cage in the midst of this monstrously absurd conflict.


Director: Jean-Jacques Prunes
Producer: Dora Benousilio
Storyboard-animation: Jean-Jacques Prunes
Music: Ronan Maillard
Editing: Hélène Younous


Born on 3rd April 1956 at Mortain (France)
FERDINAND A COUNTRY RAT Short film 9mn 2016 (Les Films de l'Arlequin),
IN THE TRENCHES JUIFS ET MUSULMANS, TV Series 4 X 52 mn Live + animation (direction of animation 55 mn), ArteAZAD TV Special live + animation (Direction of animated Sequences 11 mn) 2009 Kien Productions France 2
MENDELSSOHN EST SUR LE TOIT, Short film (14 mn)–2011–France 2, Les Films de l'Arlequin
JUST SO STORIES TV Series (12 x 10 mn)–2007, Based upon « Just so stories » by Rudyard KIPLING, Les Films de l'Arlequin

Dead Horses, Marc Riba & Anna Solanas (SPAIN 2016, 6' 15")


In an isolated and unknown place during a war a child is forced to flee. On his way, horse corpses everywhere. Only dead horses. Why? Why horses have decided to kill themselves?


Director: Marc Riba & Anna Solanas
Producer: Marc Riba & Anna Solanas
Storyboard: Nuria Riba
Artistic Direction: Marc Riba
Animation: Nuria Riba, Claudi Sorribas
Music: Xavi Lloses
Editing: Sergi Martí


Marc Riba and Anna Solanas have been working in the world of puppet animation for 15 years. They have made 10 short films which have been selected in more than 1000 festivals around the world. "El negre és el color dels déus" (10', 35mm, 2002) "La Lupe i en Bruno" (5', 35mm, 2005) "Violeta, la pescadora del mar negro" (9', 35mm, 2006) "Cabaret Kadne" (5', 35mm, 2008) "Les bessones del Carrer de Ponent" (13', 35mm, 2010) "Grand Prix" (8', 35mm, 2011) "Canis" (17', DCP, 2013) "Bloquejats Apilats" (5', DCP, 2014) "El Nen i l'Eriçó" (3', DCP, 2016) "Cavalls Morts" (6', DCP, 2016)

Travelling Country, Ivan Bogdanov & Vessela Dantcheva (BULGARIA / CROATIA 2016, 13' 38")

travelling-country-web2D computer animation

Once upon a time, there was a country on the back of a giant horse, but it was ruined by stupidity and greed. Now, only the horse's tail remains of its former glory, while the people live in the shadow of what used to be a happy world. Travelling Country is a film about the collision of past, present and future [edited by festival team].


Directors: Ivan Bogdanov, Vessela Dantcheva
Producer: Vessela Dantcheva
Storyboard: Ivan Bogdanov, Vessela Dantcheva
Artistic Direction: Rositsa Raleva
Animation: Ivan Kosutic, Jelena Oroz, Petra Zlonoga, Darko Vidackovic, Adam Butcher, Diana Monova
Music: Petar Dundakov
Editing: Ivan Bogdanov


Ivan Bogdanov (1973) and Vessela Dantcheva (1975) are a director duo who have been working together for 15 years. In 2002, they graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. In 2004, they co-founded FinFilm animation studio and in 2008 they founded Compote Collective production company in Sofia, Bulgaria. They made several films together, including the internationally acclaimed Father (2012) and Anna Blume (2009), which screened at numerous film festivals around the world.

Filmography (Ivan Bogdanov) Travelling Country (2016), Milkmaid (2015), Father (2012, co-director), Stupid Boy (2008), Easy (2004), 24h (2003), War (2002), The Man with the Spread Hands (2002), Piss off (2001), De Ceremonie (2000)

Filmography (Vessela Dantcheva) Travelling Country (2016), Anna Blume (2009), Sometimes (2008), Easy (2004), Wish (2004), Wake up (2002), Pull Over (2001)

Au revoir Balthazar, Rafael Sommerhalder (SWITZERLAND 2016, 9' 30")

au revoir balthazar 300dpi rgb-webCut-out animation, Puppets

A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.


Director: Rafael Sommerhalder
Producer: Stella Händler
Storyboard: Thomas Ott
Artistic Direction: Zita Bernet, Rafael Sommerhalder
Animation: Rafael Sommerhalder
Music: Hansueli Tischhauser, Tobias Preisig
Editing: Rosa Albrecht, Marina Rosset, Rafael Sommerhalder
Sound Mix: Zhe Wu


Born in Switzerland in 1974, Rafael Sommerhalder studied Film Direction at ECAL in Lausanne and Animation at the Royal College of Art in London. He lives and works as an animator/filmmaker in Zurich, Switzerland.

2013 Ping Pong
2009 Wolves
2008 Flowerpots
2004 Mr Wurfel
2000 Ely & Nepomuk
*All animated short films

Three Fitted Flies, Maria Álvarez & Elisa Morais (SPAIN / LITHUANIA 2015, 7' 47")

three-fitted-flies-web2D computer animation, Drawing on paper

Summer in a small village in a plain and arid region of central Spain. Prying neighbours, mourning rituals, tediousness, extreme heat and undertones of guilt make a perfect soil for madness. The old woman will try to bring her late husband back by means of twisted rituals.


Directors: Maria Álvarez, Elisa Morais
Producer: Sois de Traca
Storyboard- artitstic direction- animation-graphics-editing: Sois de Traca
Music: Sois de Traca


Sois de Traca is the collaborative duo formed by animation filmmakers María Álvarez and Elisa Morais. They met while studying engineering and together gradually turned to hand-drawn animation and storytelling. In their films they strive to combine traditional disciplines and media with new technologies producing also media art, interactive and projection mapping installations. Always drawn to life's small details and to explore the fine line between drama and comedy. Influenced by surrealism, absurdism and rhythmic structures they try to capture daily inconsistencies, glimpses of human nature and oneiric landscapes. They also incorporate sound as part of the visual world. FILMOGRAPHY THREE FITTED FLIES. Animated short film. Supported by CreArt, AIR program. Kaunas, Lithuania. May-Jul 2015.

Nighthawk, Špela Čadež (SLOVENIA / CROATIA 2016, 8' 50")

nighthawk-webCut-out animation

A badger lies motionless on a local road. A police patrol approaches the body in the dark. They soon realise that the animal is not dead; the badger is dead drunk! When the police attempt to drag the creature off the road, he wakes up and things take a strange turn.


Director: Špela Čadež
Producer: Tina Smrekar
Storyboard: Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Animation: Zarja Menart, Matej Lavrencic, Špela Čadež
Music: Tomaz Grom
Editing: Iva Kraljevic


Špela Čadež was born in Slovenia 1977. After graduating in Graphic Design in 2002 she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. During her studies she made two puppet animations that gained international recognition: Mate to Measure (2004) and Lovesick (2007). Since 2008 Spela Cadez has been working as an independent animation director and producer. Her latest film Boles has been screened worldwide, receiving 50 awards, distinctions and nominations.

Nighthawk (2016), Boles (2013), Lovesick (2007, student film), Mate to Measure (2004, student film)

Signum, Witold Giersz (POLAND 2015, 14')

signum-webPuppets, Object animation, Painting

Impression on the topic of the cave painting - art based on simple, now highly sophisticated means of expression. In this painting one observe artists striving to break the static drawings. Now thanks to the possibilities offered by the animation, one could fulfill their dream and give characters motion. Prehistoric artists painting suggest a plot of each film episode.


Director: Witold Giersz
Producer: Witold Giersz
Storyboard-animation: Witold Giersz
Music: Krzesimir Debski
Edting: Robert Rzaca


Witold Giersz was born in Poraj, Poland; he is animator, scriptwriter, designer, director. He has made about 60 animated films such as "Little Western"1960, "Awaiting" 1962, "Red and Black" 1963, "The Horse" 1967, "Marvelous March" 1970, "Fire" 1975, "The Star" 1984, "Rondo alla Turca"1993, "In the Cave of Mountain King" 1996, "Signum" 2013. He apply his technique of animation – painting on the board under the camera. His films won about 80 festival prizes in Oberhausen, Cannes, Turin, London, Paris, Cracow, Cork, Edinburgh, Mamaia, San Francisco, Melbourne, Moscow, Adelaide, Auckland, Honolulu, Teheran, Alexandria, Santa Barbara, Necochea, La Ferguere, among others.



Festival Production: ANIMATE CORFU

Event Organization: Great Events



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