Yiorgos Tsangaris is a graphic artist, film curator, animation lecturer and founder of the Countryside Animafest Cyprus – Views of the World, the official animation festival of Cyprus.
As a graphic artist and creative collaborator he has worked extensively with theater companies, film festivals, publishing houses, contributing to the development of several projects, some of which by now are established institutions. He is a prominent member of the film community in Cyprus, with an important contribution to the development of film festivals and the promotion of local animation filmmakers. In May 2013 the ASIFA board approved the foundation of the chapter of ASIFA Cyprus, after the application by Yiorgos. He is a founding member and president of the Hambis Printmaking Museum. Both Animafest Cyprus and the Hambis Printmaking Museum are active cultural organizations with extensive international and national collaborations in the areas of printmaking, animation and education.
Mini interview with Yiorgos Tsangaris, member of the international jury
What are the special features of Animafest Cyprus compared to other international animation film festivals? How do you usually describe it to foreigners?
The Festival, since its inception as a high-quality cultural activity taking place not in an urban center but in the countryside, has been bringing together people from all walks of life for 13 years. It will always remain a Countryside Film Festival, and its defining quality is that it opens up the world of independent, artistic animated film to non-experts and experts in equal measure.
Next to being the curator and organizer of Animafest Cyprus, you are a practicing artist, graphic designer. How does this background affect your curatorial work?
The main ideological context is the same. Both graphic arts and animated cinema as art forms have the power to communicate with a wide audience, disseminating ideas concerning our humanity. When I am programming, I am always looking for films that push aesthetic boundaries while exploring major concerns of our times.
What do you expect from today’s young animation film makers, the directors competing at Primanima?
Poetics that can move the world!