about the OPTICAL TOYS project

We use quite often some optical toys (thaumatropes, phenakistiscopes, zoetropes and flipbooks) as “starters” when doing animation workshops. It is an easy way to introduce kids on the animation concepts, but most of the times these animations, are not taken “seriously” and have no further development.

Today we can see many artists coming back to the origins of Animation and revisiting many of the pre-cinema staff on their creative approaches. Some examples of this can be: Eric Dyer’s Copenhagen Cycles, Theodore Ushev’s  Demoni, Maya Yonesho’s Wiener Wuast (and her many workshops), Alexandre Dubosc’s Caketrope, Peter Udson’s Charon, William Kentridge’s What Will Come, and many other fine examples that we can find on the YouTube, like Carp-Pet.

So, this project could be a challenge for us to find ways to include any optical toy on the animation process and create films out of a chosen Optical Toy.

Looking forward to an imaginative participation in our next AWG Project 2015 !!!


The deadline is December 20, 2014

You must send your application before 31 August 2014.

Please make sure that your ASIFA membership and annual fee is up-dated, before apply.


Anastasia Dimitra, AWG President     tel.:/fax.: +30210 6715 402

Images of Colours

Please enjoy some pictures and images of our latest project, Colours.

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about the theme ‘COLOUR

each participant should focus on ONE chosen colour in the animation.

It doesn’t matter if one colour is used by more than one participant, the point of view will be different

The theme can be approached in different ways. The purpose is that the viewer connects each film with a colour, and one can tell after seeing the project; “the participants from country A used blue, the participants from country B used red,…”

for instance;

– One could make a film using especially one certain colour; f.i. object animation

with all objects in the same colour…

– abstract animation with dots, stripes, curves and curls in the same one colour

– a film could tell the story of a coloured character

AWG Project ‘Colours’ to Premiere at VAFI 2014

Premiere of AWG film, ‘Colours’, will be shown during Opening ceremony 24th April at 6 PM and AWG meeting will be held on Saturday at 2 PM. 


VAFI is international children and youth animation festival which is held in Varaždin, Croatia in April. This year besides competitive category for animated films made by children and your (JUNIOR) we have also competitive category for films made for children and youth (SENIOR).

That is why VAFI is “divided” in to parts – SENIOR and JUNIOR part. Official JUNIOR part starts on 24th with opening ceremony and ends on Sunday with closing and award ceremony which starts at 12 PM. Our Jury President for JUNIORS is Anastasia Dimitra.

Find out more about VAFI 2014 at


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