Thessaloniki Animation Film Festival
TAF Thessaloniki Animation Festival has been in Thessaloniki since 2015 and brought the best of the art of animation to the city’s audience. With over 1.400 short animation films submitted each year, only the best are selected to be screened at the Festival to compete and be awarded by the jury. TAF last year had over 2.000 visitors, 90% of these young people. They embraced the media with 120 articles in local and national media TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet. TAF is the only Animation Festival in Thessaloniki and the 2nd largest in Greece, with continuous animation screenings from around the world for the audience of Thessaloniki.
TAF’s honorary guest for 2015 was Rony Oren, an expert of animation and dean of the animation department of the Israel’s Fine Arts & Design Jerusalem Academy, who shared his knowledge and experience in a Masterclass on stop motion animation. In 2016, the guests were Ana Grgic, a Visual Effects Producer from London with a PhD in cinema, who has worked on films such as the recent American Assasin with Michael Keaton, and Angelos Rouvas, one of the most important figures in Greek animation with countless productions, who shared their knowledge and experience. In 2017, there are similar internationally acclaimed artists, and names that Thessaloniki will come to soon remember. The invited guests this year are: Giannis Zouganelis, acclaimed animator, Thanos Giovanoudis, character animator of Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle, Gerhard Funk with his award-winning film «Fruit», and Christos Papandreopoulos self-taught and self-made 2D animator. There will also be talks and panels on the subject of animation and its applications, as well as opportunities that exist in the field of animation in Greece.
The competition program will be completed by special screenings, a Serbian panorama animation in cooperation with Balkanima Festival, one of the largest animation festivals in Serbia, a tribute to HUMAN RIGHTS ANIMATED with the support of the foundation Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung GR, featuring selected short films that affect or highlight human rights issues through the art of animation.
The Festival is organized by AddArt, Non-Profit Organization which promotes culture. To achieve its goals, AddArt organizes a variety of cultural and social actions such as events, exhibitions, performances and festivals focusing on the visual, audiovisual and digital arts. Addart also deals with new technologies (augmented reality, etc.), designs educational games, creates comics, animations, films, documentaries and generally adds art to various collaborations with other institutions and organizations. Additionally, AddArt continues to publish presentation of its projects that are completed during its activities in order to disseminate and promote the message of cultural creation.