The Animasyros International Festival + Animation Market powered by Onassis Culture, one of the 20 most important animation festivals in the world, launches 1st Athens Animation Agora  (3A) from 22 to 24 September 2018 at the Onassis Cultural Center.

It is a three-day event filled with discussions, presentations and lectures for professionals and students in the animation industry and aims at creating opportunities for co-productions.

The program also offers a two-week intensive pitching workshop titled “How to pitch” to seven selected projects under the direction of Tunde Volleonbroek, known for her multifaceted work as a creator, co-founder of Studio Pupil, a key member of the Program KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, cartoon editor and member of the European Animation Awards – Emile Awards. This workshop trains participants to present their work-in-progress in an effectively and timely way to distributors and other representatives of the cinema industry. The three best projects will travel to Syros and will be presented at the Pitching Forum of the Agora in this year’s Festival.

3A will also feature the special tribute Onasseas –The Salty Stories (24.09), in collaboration with Onassis Culture. Inspired by the power the sea has to spawn real-life or fictional stories—its salty waters also marking the starting point of the Onassis Foundation, since Aristotle Onassis became synonymous, more than anyone else, with life at sea and Greek shipping—this tribute focuses on the role played by the sea during important moments in our lives, through 11 quite special short films.

The program of the Animasyros 11 festival which will be held from September 26 to 30, 2018, on the island of Syros, will be presented on Monday September 24, in the afternoon.

Talks & Seminars

Due to a limited number of places, those interested in attending the (3A) events can send an email to: athensoffice@animasyros.gr, by Monday 17th September, stating the day they are interested and by completing the necessary information. Interested parties will be notified by email.

Screenings

The entrance to the screenings is free with an entrance ticket. Tickets will be distributed daily, at the entrance of the Onassis Foundation, one hour before the start of the show on a first come first served basis.

The event is an initiative of the General Secretariat for Media and Communication of the Ministry of Digital Policy.