MedINA’s animation for Aoos is part of this year’s official selection of the Anima Syros 2022 International Animation Festival, in the category Greek Competition Section, titled “Aoos/Vjosa: Source Of Life For Nature And Anthropos”:
The creators of the video are Thodoris Vakrinos, Dimitris Gazis and Yannis Skouras of Wood Gear Animation.
The star is a purple plane tree leaf which travels all the way from Greece, where the river springs, to Albania, where it discharges. It flows through gorges, forests, plains, bridges, villages, and cities and meets bears, wolves, people, dragonflies, Egyptian vultures and woodpeckers, trouts, eels, otters, roe deers, wild boars, Balkan chamois and foxes! Aoos/Vjosa belongs to the Blue Heart of Europe and it is considered one of the last free-flowing rivers in Europe, since except for its hydroelectric dam at its springs, it flows for almost 270km without any artificial obstacles.
The video was created in the framework of the project ‘Saving Europe’s last free-flowing river: Aoos/Vjosa’, produced by MedINA and funded by the MAVA Foundation.