Thursday Jul 24, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Drawing Greek animators together

 Angelos Rouvas launches first database of local output
A still from 'The Village,' a stop-motion animation short by Stelios Polychronakis.

By Aimilios Charbis

Talking about Greek animation abroad 20 years ago, people would have just laughed. Now we are making an effort to open up.

Greek director, concept artist and screenwriter Angelos Rouvas recently spoke to Kathimerini about this very distinct genre and his efforts to set up www.greekanimation.com, the first detailed Internet database of Greek animation.

The smart and easy-to-navigate website contains information about most local productions, including the first, Il Duce Narrates, an anti-war short animation film made by Stamatis Polenakis which came out in 1945. The website also hosts the profiles of hundreds of filmmakers and film companies.

We need a place where we can get together. In that sense, creating the site was a call to open up and rally our forces so that we could move forward. After all, given the absence of producers with an interest in animation in Greece, the only way is to forge co-productions and collaborations, Rouvas says.

Unlike most ordinary filmmakers, animation artists tend to work in isolation, a characteristic that does little to help the site's cause. But there was no other way. Our research showed that most creators cannot afford to make more than three movies, Rouvas says. So they either give up, or they seek to work abroad.

At a time when Greek cinema is making waves internationally, local animation films barely register a ripple. Similar to documentaries, animation offers a great platform for projecting the hopes and concerns of modern man in a more direct manner than mainstream feature films. Using color and humor, they are often more successful at touching people emotionally.

And one more thing: Most animated films are made for kids, and it's a pity those that entertain our children are all made by foreigners.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday April 17, 2014 (09:35)  
Tale of Greek woman gone rogue to premiere at Locarno
From the bougatsan to the cronut, hybrid pastries are the word
Handmade Greek fashion history on show in Athens
Greek National Opera encourages love of the genre among youngsters
GREEKS
Greeks Gone West: John Aravosis
Greeks Gone West is a series of video vignettes the US Embassy in Athens made about the world of work in the US. Through the prism of Greeks and Greek-Americans with interesting work lives...
Greek students to carry out experiment at CERN after sharing first place in international competition
Odysseus' Comrades, a team of students from Varvakios Pilot School in Athens, have been invited to travel to CERN in Switzerland to carry out their own experiments after winning first place ...
Inside Community
Inside Gastronomy
Inside Travel
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. No property transactions for tax evaders
2. IOBE warns crisis will return if reforms are not implemented
3. Aegean has expressed an interest in Cyprus Airways
4. Stop tax dodging to lower taxes
5. Index up but some banks take a beating
6. Policeman saves bather in western Greece
more news
Today
This Week
1. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
2. Front-line threats
3. EU praises Greeces progress in departure from troika criticism
4. Testing behavior
5. Parts of Thessaloniki university campus sealed off as police investigate bomb threat
6. Police release new photos of fugitive Roupa
Today
This Week
1. The cost of excellence
2. Ex-Credit Suisse banker taps lesson for Greek rebound
3. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
4. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
5. Greek banks able to tap investors after stress tests, HFSF Says
6. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.