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From the Earth to the Moon, Angelos Spartalis (GREECE, 2013), 87'

from-the-earth-to-the-moon1-webCut-out animation, Collage

The creation of the first Greek long animated film made for the cinema, began in the summer of 2008 and was completed in March 2013. Its duration is 96 minutes. Based on the homonymous book by Jules Verne ("De la Terre à la Lune", 1865), this film focuses mostly on the author's humorous yet scathing criticism of the bellicose worldwide, not failing to stress out their unparalleled bravery. It is a "handmade" film that winks to high aesthetics and vulgar laugh.


Director: Angelos Spartalis
Producer: Wish You Luck Films
Storyboard, Animation: Angelos Spartalis
Artistic Direction: Angela Svoronou
Music: Zinovia Arvanitidi
Editing: Yorgos Paterakis


Holland Animation Film Festival, International Competition; cinanima, Portugal, official participation; animasyros, Syros, opening ceremony movie; Athens International Film Festival, Nihtes Premieras, official participation


Angelos Spartalis (1973) is a painter. He grew up in Crete-Greece and in Düsseldorf-Germany. He is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens (Mech.Engineering-Aeronautics). He lives in Athens and in Aghios Nikolaos, Crete.

Maya the Bee – Movie, Alexs Stadermann (GERMANY/AUSTRALIA, 2013), 80'

maya-the-bee1-web2D computer animation

Curious little bee Maya and her friend Willy save their hive from the greedy queen's advisor and end the long-term hostility between bees and hornets.

Freshly hatched bee Maya is a little whirlwind and won't follow the rules of the hive. One of these rules is not to trust the hornets that live beyond the meadow. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected and Maya is thought to be their accomplice. No one believes that she's the innocent victim and no one will stand by her except for her good natured and best friend Willy.

After a long and eventful journey to the hornets hive Maya and Willy soon discover the true culprit and the two friends finally bond with the other residents of the opulent meadow.


Director: Alexs Stadermann
Producer: Thorsten Wegener
Storyboard: Andy Collins
Artistic Direction: Ralph Niemeyer
Animation: Flying Bark Productions
Music: Ute Engelhardt
Editing:Adam Smith


Πανελλήνια πρεμιέρα | Greek Premiere; Buster Film Festival 2014


Alexs Stadermann
2012 – present
Maya the Bee – Feature Film
Buzz Studios, Sydney
Australian -German Co-Production

Series Director
The Woodlies – 26 x 22 minute television series
Flying Bark Productions, Sydney
Australian-German Co-Production

Head of Story
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole – Feature Film
Animal Logic, sydney

Senior Story Artist
The Wild Bunch – Feature Film
Animation Lab, Jerusalem
Visual Development, Pitch Development, Character Design and Storyboard Artist
Various Development Projects
Aardman Animations, Bristol

Series Director
Planet Sketch – television series 2 & 3
Aardman Animations, Bristol
Senior Animator
Cinderella 3
Walt Disney Animation, Sydney

SFX Designer
MP4ORCE – television series
Berlin Film Company, Berlin

2003 - 2005
Unit Director
Bambi II
Tarzan 2
Walt Disney Animation, Sydney
Directing team of 250 artists

Supervising Animator
Lion King 1 ½ - Direct to Video film
Walt Disney animation, Sydney
Supervising team of 17 animators
WINNER - DVDX- Award for 'Best Animation in a DVD Premiere Movie' (Character – Timon)
Supervising Animator
Jungle Book 2
Walt Disney animation, Sydney

Senior Character Animator
Jungle Book 2 – Direct to Video film
Walt Disney Animation
Senior Character Animator
Lady and the Tramp 2 – Direct to Video film
Walt Disney Animation
Senior Character Animator
Return to Neverland – Direct to Video film
Walt Disney Animation

1995 – 2002
Special Effects Supervisor
A Goofy Movie – feature film
Aladdin – television series
Timon and Pumbaa – television series
Winnie the Pooh – television series
Walt Disney Animation, Sydney
Walt Disney Animation, Sydney
Special Effects Animator
Amblimation/Universal Pictures, London
Linda Film, Munich
Special Effects Assistant Animator
MS-Film, Munich

The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead, Elliot Cowan (USA/ ROMANIA, 2013), 71'

the-stressful-adventures-of-boxhead-and-roundhead1-web2D computer animation

When their home is destroyed, Boxhead & Roundhead must head to the big city to battle red tape, rent, rats and the rat race to get it back.

Art and industry, friendship and foul play are all in the mix in this, the most stressful adventure of all.


Director: Elliot Cowan
Producer: Richard O'Connor
Storyboard, Editing: Elliot Cowan
Artistic Direction: Neil Ross, Elliot Cowan
Animation: Elliot Cowan, Lyla Ribot, Katie Kirschner, Amanda Bautista, Shannon Connor, Annelise Williams, Kara Sankus, Annelise Williams, Michael J. Ruocco, Julie Verlarde, John Lustig, Melissa Chilkotowsky, Taisiya Zaretskaya
Music: The Gadflys


Πανελλήνια πρεμιέρα | Greek Premiere; The Melbourne International Animation Festival.


Elliot Cowan was born in Melbourne, Australia then moved to the wilds of Tasmania where he directed thousands of television commercials for regional television. In 2006 he left for London where he mostly worked with UIi Meyer animation. While in London he began animating the award winning Boxhead and Roundhead shorts. Now he lives in New York with all kinds of grown up stuff like a wife and child and a green card. He teaches at The Pratt Institute, Mercy College, The University of the Arts and anywhere else that welcomes grumpy animation professors. The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead is his first feature and he did almost all of it himself in between teaching, freelance animation gigs and his family.

Tito On Ice, Max Andersson & Helena Ahonen (SWEDEN/ GERMANY, 2013), 73' 30''

tito-on-ice1-webLive action, Puppet

To promote their book Bosnian Flat Dog, comics creators Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson decide to tour the former Yugoslavia with a mummified Marshal Tito in a fridge.

They encounter a number of artists, musicians, publishers and other characters populating the post-Yugoslav indie cultural scene. As the journey continues through increasingly improbable surroundings, the protagonists begin to question themselves and the reality they find themselves in.

Watching as border control checks turn into improvised snapshot sessions, admiring mutant iron-curtain Disney toys, buying souvenir grenade shell handicrafts and discovering sniper art in blown-out apartments, they find that truth may indeed be stranger than fiction.

A combination of stop-motion animation and documentary scenes, the film turns into a roller coaster ride through a parallel universe where all borders are crazily disintegrating, simultaneously tragic, poetic and bleakly funny.


Director: Max Andersson, Helena Ahonen
Producer: Max Andersson
Storyboard, Artistic Direction, Animation, Editing, Graphics: Max Andersson
Music: Laibach, Dubioza Kolektiv, Idoli, Termiti, Gnjevni Crv, Vuneny, Luna, Električni Orgazam, Parketi, Delfini, Klopka za Pionira, Mono-ton, Tito's bojs, Obojeni Program, Crveni Koralji
Set Design: Max Andersson, Lars Sjunnesson


Ottawa International Animation Festival (Grand Prize) 2013; Holland Animation Film Festival 2013; Jeonju IFF 2013; Seattle IFF 2013; Animafest Zagreb 2013; Annecy 2013; Film Festival Palić 2013; Filmfest Hamburg 2013; Vancouver IFF 2013; Sao Paulo IFF 2013; London International Animation Festival 2013; International Film Festival of India 2013; Portland IFF 2014; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2014; Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival 2014.


Max Andersson was born 1962 in Karesuando, Sweden. Studied graphic design in Stockholm and film production at New York University. After directing a series of short films, he published his first graphic novel PIXY in 1992. His stories of tractor children, intoxicated fetuses, homeless houses, meat trees and pet guns have been translated into twenty languages and his images, objects and installations have been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Max Andersson currently lives and works in Berlin.

A professional hat designer, Helena Ahonen maintains her own studio and shop in Berlin. TITO ON ICE marks her debut as a cinematographer and director. She has collaborated with Max Andersson on several art projects between 1995 and the present.

Until Sbornia Do Us Part, Otto Guerra & Ennio Torresan Jr (BRAZIL, 2013), 85'

until-sbornia-do-us-part-web2D computer animation, 3D computer animation

What happens when the wall dividing a small country from the rest of the world falls accidentally? Quiet and stuck in time, the people of Sbornia is now hit by winds of modernity coming from the big city. Conflicts caused by a violent cultural clash mess the protagonists Pletskaya and Kraunu's lives - two well known Sbornians musicians. As result of a continental interference in the habits of Sbornia, some natives wake dormant old beliefs and start rescuing their own identity. The film is based on the musical play spectacle Tangos & Tragedies, created by Nico Gomez and Hique Nicolaiewsky which was presented on stages worldwide very successfully for the past 25 years.


Director: Otto Guerra, Ennio Torresan Jr
Producer: Marta Machado
Storyboard: Ennio Torresan Jr
Animation: Fabiano Pandolfi, Alisson Ricardo Costa, Bruno Carias Fogaça, Cláudio Vieira de Oliveira, Débora Grahl Saucedo, Diego Oliveira Cassel, Diego José Lima Silva, Eduardo Medeiros, Flávio Reis, Gui Klein, Hermes de Lima, Luiz Henrique Lopes Pellizzari, Paulo Muppet,Tadao Miaqui, Wesley Rodrigues
Music: André Abujamra, Nico Nicolaiewsky e Hique Gomez
Editing: Pedro Harres


Πανελλήνια πρεμιέρα | Greek Premiere; (Best Feature Film Award, Audience Choice), 41ht Film Festival of Gramado, Brazil, 2013; (Best Feature Film Art Direction – Jury Award), 41th Film Festival of Gramado, Brazil, 2013; (Best Brazilian Fiction Feature Film – Audience Choice), 37th International Film Festival of São Paulo, 2013; Youth Jury Mention , 17th International Festival Del Cine of Punta Del Este, 2014; Waterloo Festival Animated Cinema (WFAC), Waterloo, Canada, 2013; 35th International Festival Del Nuevo Cine Latin-American, Havana, Cuba, 2013; HAF, Holland Animation Film Festival, 2014; Anifilm 05, Czech Republic, 2014; Annecy 2014, Hors Concours Screening, 2014.


Otto Guerra created in 1978 his own company Otto Desenhos Animados aiming producing animated films. Before of this date Otto worked in production for propaganda. After 5 years of work the necessary structure was established and in 1983 Otto Guerra produces his first animated fil , which premiered at the 1984 Festival de Gramado , being very well received by the public and by jury. From there he gradually moves from advertising production to production of fiction, and in recent years this has focused the attention of the company . During over 30 years dedicated to animation in Rio Grande do Sul, Otto Guerra became a very important person in the creation of the RS Core Animation, linked to the Department of Culture and the State Institute of Cinema ( Iecine ) paving the way for the emergence of a real ' school ' gauchos animators . The trajectory of Otto Desenhos Aniamdos, which coincides with the trajectory of Otto Guerra himself, resulted in the realization of 10 short films and three feature films. These films have received numerous awards in national festivals and abroad and have been selected in various international events.
Otto Guerra also participated in co -productions in Brazil , Portugal , Sao Tome and Principe and Germany . Establishing partnerships with UNICEF , World Bank , UN , Maurício de Sousa , Renato Aragão , Ministry of Health (Ze Gotinha for film) , among others . Besides screenwriter, animator, producer and director of several films , Otto Guerra also taught various animation workshops throughout Brazil and has participated as a juror in several film festivals in the country.

Ennio Torresan Jr was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For more than 19 years he lives and works in Los Angeles, EUA. He has graduated in Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1996. Yet in college was heavily influenced by the French comic books and the Italian cinema. Already in the 1980s begin to exhibit paintings in galleries, publishing cartoons and illustrating for various local magazines.
At his 20 years old, in Brazil, Ennio begins experimenting with animation which led him to create his animated short El Macho, rewarded in several festivals worldwide and launching him unexpected to an international career
El Macho opened the doors to a position of directing in the HBO production of Ralph Bakshi called Spicy City, and then as a writer and director of storyboards for television series SpongeBob for Nickelodeon channel. As director of Disney's series Teacher's Pet was awarded with an Emmy in 2003 then Ennio begins to develop and create storyboards for various cartoon feature film for DreamWorks, like Madagascar 1, 2 and 3, Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, Megamind among others.
Recently Ennio has published by Dark Horse editor a story compilation titled Scrambled Ink which is adventures of a comic character based on himself, a Guy From Ipanema.



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