The Animattikon Project is a festival celebrating the art of animated film in all its aspects. Along with projections of animated films, it offers a series of animation workshops, organized by animators from all over the world.
The Animattikon Project takes place in the town of Paphos, Cyprus. It takes its name after the Attikon Cinema, a historical theater, dating from 1938. As the second oldest cinema in Paphos, the Attikon cinema is one of the few points of reference that all generations of people of Paphos share.
Along with the workshops, the Animattikon Project proposes exhibitions, lectures, conferences and performances around the art of animation. It aims at presenting Animation as a true and complete form of art, in all its levels and at giving access to its techniques and secrets to the wide public.
It started as a project of the European Capital of Culture PAFOS2017 and is now an annual event having a double function: a venue for animators to show their work and an opportunity for the public to learn in depth the art of animation.

What's new for the 2021 edition:
The 2020 edition of the festival was cancelled due the restrictions imposed in order to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now planning our return in 2021.
Films selected for the 2020 edition will participate, be screened and considered for the 2021 Golden Hat Awards.
We are opening a call for new films, in order to be able to showcase films produced during this year. The submission deadline is on the 31st of July 2021.
A special category concerning the subject of the pandemic is added, in order to showcase films created during the pandemic and which tackle the issues raised by the pandemic (illness, pandemics, social and psychological issues arising from the long period of uncertainty, fear and confinement etc). These films don't have to necessarily be about the specific pandemic of COVID-19. We are looking for films dealing with the subject of illness, confinement, death, fear and hope.
This category is called "Animation in Times of Plague" and is destined to complement the publication of a volume of articles concerning the same subjects (and which bears the same title).

Selected films are competing for the Golden Hat Awards in all categories of the festival. The prize is a statuette created by the Kimonos Art Center's team. There is no money award. One prize will be awarded per category. The decision is made by a jury of specialists in the field of animation.

Besides the prize, it is Animattikon Project's tradition to offer to all participating directors a collectible print, once the festival is concluded.

For the Animated Short Film, Student Animated Short Film, Animated Music Video, Commissioned Animated Film and the Halloween Special category, any short animated film not exceeding the duration of 20 minutes is eligible. All techniques are accepted.

For the Animated Documentary, Documentary About Animation and Cypriot Animated Film categories any short animated film not exceeding the duration of 120 minutes is eligible. All techniques are accepted.

For the Extra-cinematic animation, all forms of animation are accepted, given that they fit within the budget restrictions.

No premiere status is required for any of the films submitted.
Films submitted should not be available online. The films' production date should not be older than two years before the year of the current edition.

Concerning the new special category of "Animation in Times of Plague", any short animated film not exceeding the duration of 20 minutes is eligible. All techniques are accepted and no premiere status is required. The film may be available online and the date of the film's production is irrelevant. Films submitted in this category may be animated fiction or documentary films that deal with the subject of illness.
For example:
- films depicting the experience of sickness
- films that deal with epidemics or pandemics (not necessarily the current one)
- films produced by directors during periods of pandemic or directors who were going through illnesses during the production of the films
- films that deal with the subject of confinement or were produced in circomstances of confinement
These topics proposed are not exclusive. Other subjects relevant to the wider theme of sickness are welcome and will be equally considered.

Do NOT send us links to fully download your film. We do not have the capacity to download thousands of films, so make sure your film is available for viewing on Vimeo, FilmFreeway or other online platforms. If the link is private please provide the code along with the submission.
We do NOT accept films that require a screening fee.

In case your film is selected:
If your film is selected you will be asked to send a full HD version of it in an .mp4 format (H.264) through Dropbox or WeTransfer, for us to download.
Hard copies are not required nor accepted.

Films containing dialogue are required to send a working .srt file with synchronized English subtitles. This also stands for films containing dialogues in English. The festival is addressed in a mostly English-speaking audience, but the native language for most of them is not English, so the subtitles are very helpful. Dialogue transcripts are not accepted, the subtitles have to be in .srt form and correctly synchronized.

By submitting your film to the Animattikon Project, you are declaring that you own the rights to the material submitted.

For promotional purposes:
Up to three film stills, as well as the film's poster, are required for promotional purposes. By providing them, you accord to the Animattikon Project the right to use them.
You also accord to the Animattikon Project the right to use up to ten seconds of our film for the creation of a trailer for the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Nick Crimmen

    I'm so glad I was able to take part in The Animattikon Project. I love the festivals website as its a great resource for finding out about more about the other films and directors for networking purposes. The Animattikon Project also values keeping directors in the loop via email about how the festival is going. I very much hope to submit to this festival again in the future and only wish I could have been their in person for the 2021 edition :)

    October 2021
  • It's a really lovely festival, thank you so much for showing my film! <3

    October 2021
  • Joe Chang

    I absolutely loved this festival. I would courage anyone to enter and attend this wonderful animated film festival!!

    September 2021
  • James Morehead

    Terrific festival and so unique! The Animattikon Project was the perfect home for our film!

    September 2021
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    What a great animation festival. I am very honored that my short abstract film, LULLABY FOR A PANDEMIC was selected to run in the "Animation in Times of Plague" curated group. This is a highly valuable festival and a great opportunity for experimental and avant-garde animators. Thanks very much.

    September 2021