George Sifianos

George Sifianos was born in Greece in 1952. He studied Painting, Stage-Design, and then moved in Paris to study Animation and Philosophy. (His PhD thesis in Sorbonne, on ”Language and Aesthetics of Animation Cinema” was presented in 1988).

He worked as animator and film director. His filmography includes the animated films ”Smile”(1974), ”Scent of City”(1994), ”Tutu”(2001), "C'est M?a”(2007), and the feature documentary film "Petrochemicals, the Cathedrals of the Desert”(1981). This last film won the first price in the Thessaloniki festival, and all the films have been screened in festivals around the world, from Annecy to Melbourne and China and from Montreal to Korea, Stuttgart, Zagreb or the Mostra of Venice.
He has also been involved in the Visual Arts with several exhibitions mainly during 1990 to 2000.

He teaches animation cinema since 1992 ; In the beginning at the University of Paris VIII, the FEMIS Cinema School and the CFT Gobelins. In 1995 he founded the animation department in ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Sup?rieure des Arts D?coratifs) in Paris, where he teaches since then.

G.S. is active member of the international animation community, participating in animation juries in many countries: France, Croatia, China, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic Japan, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, Korea, Romania, Maroc...
Founding member of CARTOON (European Association of Animated film), he was member of the board of the 10/10 International Animation Festival, and the International Animation Film Festival of Annecy.
He is also founding member of the group “Esth?tique, Complexit?, Exp?rimentation & Mod?lisation“, in the Institute of Complex Systems in Paris (ECEM -ISC-PIF), and member of the patronage committee of LIAA (Lucerne International Animation Academy).

Since 1980, he writes on the Animation Cinema, and works on Research Projects like: "Looking for a Cinema close to the mental representations”. Actually he is working on “The symphony of the Parthenon frieze”.

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