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«Transition to EUphoria»

European Animation Competition

The Contest

Eleusis 2021 / European Capital of Culture and Animasyros International Animation Festival organise the European Animation Competition “An animated EUphoria by Eleusis 2021 / European Capital of Culture – powered by Animasyros” to promote the message of Eleusis 2021 / ECoC on a European and global level.

Directors, producers, professional and amateur animators are invited to produce their own animation film in the context of the European Animation Competition programme “An animated EUphoria by Eleusis 2021 / European Capital of Culture – powered by Animasyros”. The theme of the competition is “Transition to EUphoria” and the goal is the use of animation to interpret the core message of Eleusis 2021.
Participants are free to select their own technique, while music must be original and each deliverable can not last more than thirty seconds (30”).
This particular action is an initiative of Eleusis 2021 / ECoC, in cooperation with the Animasyros International Animation Festival + Agora.
The competition aims at the international promotion of the vision and the mission of the artistic programme of Eleusis 2021 / ECoC. The winner will receive €1500, while the second and third place will receive €500 each.


The programme of Eleusis 2021 can be summed up by the phrase “Transition to EUphoria”. Transition refers to the current conjuncture of Europe, an important aspect of which is the Greek crisis of the recent past. It also refers to the redefinition of the content of sustainability, both socially and economically. It becomes the most important common challenge faced today by Eleusis, Greece and Europe.

EUphoria is a word designed to describe the ability of art and culture to become the catalyst for a transition to a sustainable future on a local and European level. The idea of EUphoria was based on the fact that the digraph EU appears in both the words Europe and Eleusis. It is the point where Eleusis meets Europe. On a semantic level now, EU is the acronym of the European Union, that is, the symbol of united Europe, while, transcribed in Greek, it coincides with the “eu”. In Greek, the adverb “eu” denotes the good, not in a moralistic but in a much deeper sense. “Eu” is the good that has the ability to transform and upgrade its environment. But this is also the basic property of art and culture. Thus, “eu” is essentially equivalent to art and culture, and EUphoria – which in Greek means “to bear well” – states the positive impact of the arts and culture, as well as the beneficial influence of Europe should it decide to put art and culture at the foundation of its development.

Although small in size, the historic city of Eleusis resembles Europe to such an extent that we could call it a miniature of the continent. That is why it can be an ideal place to study the major social and economic challenges Europe faces today. At a social level, much like the continent is made up of many different nations, the population of Eleusis consists of people coming from many different places. A common feature in both cases is the fact that these populations are not linked to each other by past ties – because of their origins, common images, customs and traditions – but by the ties of the present and the future, that is by their shared desire to build a community for themselves and their children. At an economic level, Eleusis faces the same challenges as post-industrial Europe. The challenge of a balanced development that ensures work for all while respecting natural resources and the citizens’ quality of life.

These common great challenges facing Eleusis and Europe become the three Main Themes of Eleusis 2021 / ECoC.

The EUrbanisation theme focuses on the social aspects of transition, the challenge to redefine our relationship to the Other, whether he/she is a citizen of the EU or a “foreigner”, an immigrant or a refugee.

The The EU Working Classes theme deals with the financial aspects of transition, especially in regards to work and the labour force of tomorrow.

The EUnvironment theme allows us to study the great challenge of redefining our relationship to the environment and the imperative social demand for sustainability.

Eleusis aspires thus to explore the “eu” in Europe, sustainable development, and the sustainable future of a united Europe.

For more information please visit the official website of Eleusis 2021 and download its artistic programme.

For the history of the city of Eleusis, please visit the website of the Municipality of Eleusis and Pros-Eleusis; the Eleusis Ecomuseum.

About us

In 2016, Eleusis was designated European Capital of Culture for 2021. The main idea of Eleusis 2021 is summarised in the phrase «Transition to EUphoria». The vision for the artistic programme is incited by the challenge of sustainability, and nourished by our belief that art and culture are the “keys” to building a sustainable future. It is inspired by the Eu-Transition-Eleusis triptych, and seeks to answer the question: What would a city be like if art and culture were at the heart of every human activity?

Animasyros is being held every September since 2008 in the island of Syros, Cyclades, and has become one of the most important animated festivals internationally. It includes movie projections, educational programs and professional activities in the field of animation. The Animasyros #tour is a year-long series of regional events featuring award-winning films and applied animation educational workshops at various locations in Greece and abroad. Animasyros # tour18_19 that will last until the next annual hosting of Animasyros 12 (Syros, 18-22.09.2019) has scheduled stops in Attica, Thessaloniki, Delphi, Empoupoli, Chios, Paros, Cyprus, Egypt and Bulgaria.



Effie Pappa // Transition to EUphoria


Babis Alexiadis // Other


Alexandros Simopoulos & Josef Kloos // Transition to EUphoria


Maria Anestopoulou - Director of Animasyros / Financial & Administrative Director at Greek National Opera
Kelly Diapouli - Artistic Director of Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture
nastasia Dimitra - Director of AKTO's Animation & Interactive Media Department / Treasurer of the Greek branch of ASIFA
Panagiotis Gkiokas - CEO of Mentor cultural management company
Marineta Kritikou - Multimedia Director at ERT New Media Department
Ioanna Ntali - Digital Communications & Marketing Manager of Eleusis 2021 / European Capital of Culture
Maria Philippi - CEO of Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture
Dan Richards - Film director and A+C Studios Founder (UK)
Dr. Panagiotis Stamatopoulos - Founder of Athens' Hispanic Film Festival / Animasyros 12 Programme Coordinator


Telephone number:
+30 210 724 7205
[email protected]

Press Kit


Artistic direction / Vassilis Karamitsanis
Art curation / Maria Anestopoulou
Concept/idea, Project management / Panos Gkiokas
Digital communication / Yannis Pappas
Website development / Mentor in Culture & Heritage
Web design / G Design Studio - Stelios Fragkoulakis
Graphics / Stelios Fragkoulakis
Press office / Eleni Temponera
Social Media / Danae Sofia Vardali