EKOME supported for the third consecutive year the International Animation Festival AnimaSyros+Agora, held with great success in Syros and online (23-27 September 2020).
In his greeting at the opening ceremony of the Festival, the President and CEO of EKOME, Panos Kouanis underlined that “the existing cooperation between EKOME and Animasyros Festival has already proved fruitful and we are proud for the international distinctions, the synergies and extroversion as well as the educational work of the Festival, which has become a reference point for educators, professionals and animation audience all over the world. Thanks to the updated and more competitive cash rebate (40%) and tax relief (30%) schemes, in addition to a more flexible legal framework for investments in audiovisual production implemented with the latest legislation passed by the Ministry of Digital Governance, we anticipate even more impressive results in the field of audiovisual productions and a real rebirth of creativity and productivity in the Greek animation world”.
Within the framework of the Agora, the core of creative networking and synergies among professionals from around the globe, Vassiliki Diagouma, Head of Communication and International Relations of EKOME, gave a detailed video presentation on the financial incentives of EKOME, namely the Cash Rebate and Tax Relief schemes, as well as on the National Film Offices Network and the National Audiovisual Archive, the infrastructure that EKOME establishes in Greece, towards the facilitation of audiovisual productions, and also, about the actions for audiovisual literacy and education.
The actions of Animasyros13
Despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, the Festival carried out all its actions safely, while attracting more than 5,000 unique visitors to its live digital platform. Animasyros13 actions included a rich program of films from around the world, retrospectives, films for children and a series of educational workshops. The awards and winners of the Pitching Forum of the Agora, which this year was co-organized with MIFA, the Market of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, were announced at the online closing ceremony.
The two projects that will travel to the Annecy Festival in 2021, participated in MIFA pitches in front of an audience of 200 or more animation professionals, are “Mesut”, a short film by Alexia Roider, produced by Michalis Kalopaidis and “Oscar”, a short film by Polixeni Katsari & Matina Fikari. The special mention went to “Travel Bugs” by Fokion Xenos produced by Neda Films.
EKOME wishes the best of luck to all creators and renews its date with the fans of animation and digital arts for 2021!
You may find the extended text in Greek here.