International Animation Festival 26.09-1.10.2023
Media Literacy Programmes Schedule

ANIMASYROS 2023 Media Literacy Activities & Screenings for Schools

Application deadline: September 20, 2023

A key pillar of ANIMASYROS are the educational workshops aimed at children, teenagers, young professionals, the elderly and people with disabilities. This year, the workshops are inspired by Animation and Ancient Greece and participants are invited to bring Cycladic figurines into life, become archaeologists, deconstruct and tell ancient myths their own way.

**Participation in workshops is free but application is mandatory. 

The Educational Workshops detailed programme:

  • "Cutting up the Myths"

Workshop for adults and young professionals

Participants are going to revise some Ancient Greek myths in cut-out animation, they could play around with them, cut them up,  re-tell them, queerify them, de-patriarchize them, modernize them. Three mornings of hard work and fun, open to persons with and without animation experience. 

Instructors: Remco Polman & Jantiene de Kroon 
When: September 27 - 29, 10.00 - 13.00
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  • “Unearthing antiquities”

Workshop for children

Children will become little archaeologists and by getting to know the techniques of stop-motion and sand animation, they will create a short animation film that will present important discoveries of ancient Greece.

Instructor: Agisilaos Robolas
When: September 27 - 29, 16.00 - 19.00
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  • “Sands of Time”

Workshop for teenagers

An animation workshop will embark on a visual Odyssey through Ancient Greece. Inspired by the epic story of the Odyssey, participants will learn the magical art of sand animation creating their own interpretation of Odysseus’ heroic journey in a lightbox. Through this hands-on experience, they will explore Greek mythology, unleash their creativity and bring the ancient world to light through the magical medium of sand.

Instructor: Nicolas Fattouh 
When: September 27 - 29, 16.00 - 19.00
Applications for participation and more information at

  • “Exploring the mysteries of Cycladic frying-pan vessels"

Workshop for families and children
In collaboration with Chimera art & craft workshop

A special ceramics workshop where participants will have the opportunity to make their own vessel and decorate it with original motifs or with representations of their own inspiration.

Instructor: Manos Mastorakis
When: September 27, 17.00 - 20.00
Applications for participation and more information at

At the same time, an educational workshop for people with disabilities will take place under the guidance of Elena Pavlaki, in collaboration with K.D.A.P.-M.E.A. Syros - Ermoupolis and the support of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, while elderly people of the Open Care Centre for the Elderly (KAPI) of Syros - Ermoupolis will tell their own story at the “Cycladic Traces” workshop by Margarita Simopoulou.

In addition, as part of the educational activities of National Centre of Audiovisual Media & Communication and in collaboration with the Education Center for the Environment & Sustainability of Syros – Ermoupolis, an educational workshop for children based on a film of the Takorama International Film Festival will be held under the guidance of Dimitris Papacharalambous and Matoula Papadimitriou at the emblematic Villa Tsiropina in Poseidonia.

**The workshops above are not open to participation applications.


Screenings for schools at Apollo Theatre

ANIMASYROS 2023 invites students and teachers to follow the journey on the animated world in a screening programme specially designed for children and teenagers.

The Screenings for schools detailed programme:

Tuesday, September 26

Mironins (Mikel Mas Bilbao & Txesco Montalt, Spain, 60', 2022) 
Three droplets of paint come to life in Joan Miró's paintings to live fun and surreal adventures in the fascinating universe of art and imagination.

Student films:  
Elizabethan Theatre (Greece, 2023, 7') 
The Sirens still singing (Greece, 2022, 12’) 

Wednesday, September 27

Valentina (Chelo Loureiro, Spain, 2021, 66')
Valentina dreams of being a trapeze artist and believes that because she is Down she will not be able to achieve it, but her grandmother assures her that, if the caterpillars manage to turn into butterflies, nothing is impossible.

*The screening will take place within the framework of the Cinematherapy 2023 programme of the Drama International Short Film Festival under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture by Denise Nikolakou - Mental Health Counselor.

Student films: 
Santa’s forgotten gifts (Greece, 2022, 3') 
Fish It! (Greece, 2022, 3') 
The Speech of Txai Surui (Brazil, 2022, 4')

Thursday, September 28

Hercules (Ron Clements, John Musker , USA, 1997, 99') 
The son of Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it at the 35th Disney animated feature film.

*The screening will take place in the presence of the directors.

Student films: 
Space Debris (Greece, 2022, 3') 
Moon Mole (Portugal, 2022, 3')
No, you! - Animating Guernica (Greece, 2022, 2')

The school screenings are taking place at Apollon Theatre in Ermoupolis, Syros. They are free but application at is mandatory.
If your school is located outside Ermoupolis, ANIMASYROS can arrange transportation.

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