Ars Electronica Animation Festival on Tour 2021

Based on the computer animation category of the Prix Ars Electronica international competition, animated pictorial worlds have been a cornerstone of the Ars Electronica media art Festival and have been discussed and presented in various forms ever since. Since 2005, the Ars Electronica Animation Festival has been bringing together a multifaceted program at the intersections of animation, art and technology. 

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First launched as an open-air show at Ars Electronica in 1987, the Electronic Theatre presents a selection of best works chosen by the jury. It showcases current productions that are characterized by their artistic content along with cultural and technological innovation.

When the Sea Sends Forth a Forest 
Guangli Liu (CN)
21:09 min 
GOLDEN NICA — Prix Ars Electronica 2021 

With “When the sea sends forth a forest”, Guangli Liu addresses the forgotten history of Cambodia’s Chinese community, which was persecuted, expelled and killed by the Khmer Rouge and abandoned by China in all of this. Given the lack of historical footage from the country, which was completely sealed off from the outside world at the time, Guangli Liu uses two very contradictory sources; on the one hand, the regime’s propaganda videos and, on the other, the horror images that were disseminated around the world after its fall. Guangli Liu virtuously interweaves the old footage with 3D representations from a game engine to create a unique visual story.

Veneta Androva (BG)
13:00 min 
AWARD OF DISTINCTION – Prix Ars Electronica 2021

In the animated film AIVA, Bulgarian filmmaker Veneta Androva introduces us to a female AI artist designed by a male engineering team in a fictional documentary on her work. The film addresses the lack of a diversified perspective in the field of artificial intelligence, which, though mostly created by men, portrays women.

Moïse Togo (ML)
14:13 min 
HONORARY MENTION – Prix Ars Electronica 2021 

One other Honorary Mentions with critical positions in the program are $75,000 (2020), a short film by Malian-born artist Moïse Togo. Togo’s 14-minute animation, a collage of drawings, filmed elements and 3D scans, addresses the discrimination, mutilation and ritual crimes experienced by albinos in Africa.

Imge Özbilge, Sine Özbilge (TR)
15:00 min 
HONORARY MENTION – Prix Ars Electronica 2021

In the short film Mosaic (2020), by siblings Imge and Sine Özbilge, we accompany three characters in a colorful Middle Eastern city that is suddenly attacked by a cat-like monster. The sisters, who hail from Turkey, already received an Honorary Mention in 2020 for their work #21xoxo (2019).

curated by Sirikit Amann 
Duration 00:30:37

Young Animations program is a selection put together by Sirikit Amann (OeAD) from the national competition u19-create your world in the Prix Ars Electronica 2021, including short films, computer animations and stop-motion works using Lego or clay.

In Search 

  • Der Mann ohne Gesicht  / Sophia Lindenthal (19 years
    old) | 01:23 min
  • Silence / Felix Zorn-Pauli (16 years old) | 00:59 min 
  • INCERT / Isa Mutevelic, Simon Effenberger, David
    Stummer (18 years old) | 01:37 min 

The Me and the We 

  • Sondafart / Nuria Blum, Johannes Deibl, Leo Jenewein,
    Paula Jenewein, Miles Lewis, Andre Moshammer, Manuel Netto, Liam Wilhelm
    (10 years old) | 01:02 min   
  • Verfuchst noch mal  / Alma Malzer (11 years old) |
    01:00 min   
  • Stranger  / Ida Onzek, Jasmin Schlögl (15 / 17 years
    old) | 01:47 min


  • Floating world  / Ella Bella Guggenbichler (17 years
    old) | 02:23 min
  • H.A.M. / Noah Bujnoch, Dora Ispanovic, Beatrice Lazar
    (18 years old) | 01:07 min
  • Die Zauberkiste  / Jakob, Julian, Mia, Neon, Paul (15
    years) | 02:44 min 


  • Dedicated to Bin Chun / Paul Emprechtinger, Peter
    Gratl, Julian Lutz, Adam Malzer, Alma Malzer, Gabriel Schwarzenauer,
    Madita Zangerl (10 years old) | 01:01 min
  • Echinomorph  / Mirjam Lehner (18 years old) | 01:20
  • Time Machine / Matthias Riegler (12 years old) | 00:52

In the End

  • The Click  / Caroline Bär, Zara Dineva, Julia
    Scheiwein, Anna Zoglauer (18 years old ) | 02:23 min
  • Das Donauweibchen  / Fabio, Jenan, Lara, Laura, Neea,
    Valerie (8 years old) | 04:32 min
  • Das unmögliche Computerspiel   / Ali Kaan, Finn, Milan,
    Valentina, Pascal, Raffaela, Yaara (11 years old) | 03:32 min

Ars Electronica Animation Festival on Tour 2021

February 22, 2022 SIAF Sapporo International Art Festival 2023-24 Pre-event Film ScreeningEncounter World’s Cutting-edge Animation Films!—Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2020 on Tour in NHK Sapporo Japan
January 3 – 7, 2022 BASE Instanbul: Digital Art at the Campus Turkey
March 24, 2022 MONSTRA Festival Protugal
May 25, 2022 Dom kulture Cacak (Cultural center Cacak) Film&Video: Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2021 on Tour Serbia
May 25 – June 26, 2022 Medienfrische Austria
June 11 – July 17, 2022 Paradox Cinema: Animations for Ukraine III, IV Poland
July 13, 2022 Arts Centre NOASS: Festival Water Pieces Latvia
July 22 – August 7, 2022 Legnickie Centrum Kultury im. Henryka Karlińskiego: Kino na Dachu Poland
August 21 – 27, 2022 Hacklab Kimaera – Collaborative Art Lab Romania
September 7 – October 8, 2022 LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Spain
September 17, 2022 European Day of Languages at Institut Francais (Austrian Cultural Forum Sofia) Bulgaria
September 29 + October 10, 2022 Gwangju Media Arts Festival South Korea
September 30, 2022 Mednight (bySciCo Epistimi Epikoinonia) Greece
September 30 – October 2, 2022 Posteducation Pedagogies of Crisis @ MAFA Media Arts Festival Arad Romania
October 6 – 9, 2022 11th Patchlab Digital Art Festival Poland
October 23 – 29, 2022 Kuandu International Animation Festival Taiwan
October 29 – November 13, 2022 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2022 Hong Kong
November 5, 2022 Kino Armata Kosovo
November 13, 2022 Austrian Embassy Nicosia @ Polis Theatre Cyprus
November 16 – 19, 2022 Anination Israel
November 10 – 18, 2022 Dimensions of Animation Switzerland
November 23 – 30, 2022 Padova Digital Sounds Italy

The Prix Ars Electronica, organized by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & CoKG, is made possible by support from the City of Linz; the CyberArts Exhibition of the prize-winning works is supported by OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH. Special Thanks for additional support go to Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, TOMITA information Hub, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and OeAD. The Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2021 on Tour screens a selection of outstanding films submitted to the Computer Animation category Prix Ars Electronica 2021.

This tour was produced in collaboration and with special thanks to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.