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Katerina Athanasopoulou


  • Katerina Athanasopoulou is an artist working with animation, within short films and installations. At the Royal College of Art, Katerina is a Tutor on the Animation programme in the School of Communication. 

  • Biography

  • Katerina Athanasopoulou is a Greek-born artist living in London who creates animated films for screen and gallery space. She studied Fine Art at Aristotle University in Greece and completed an MA Animation at the RCA in 2002. Her films have been screened and awarded internationally in film festivals and galleries, including Clermont-Ferrand short film festival, Holland Animation film festival, European Media Arts festival and Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Katerina works as an independent filmmaker, and also collaborates with other artists for short films, documentaries and installations. She has been commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for The Art of Saving a Life (Rupture, 2015), as well as by the London College of Fashion for a brief which was set by the Venice Architecture Biennale, within 2014 Now (The Violet Hour, 2014). In 2012 she was commissioned by the Onassis Foundation to make Apodemy, a short film on Emigration and the Economic Crisis. She has also been commissioned by Channel 4 and Animate Projects, for the short film Sweet Salt (2005) and again by AP for Engine Angelic (2010).

    Katerina also lectures at London College of Communication, and has previously taught Animation at Central Saint Martins, Goldsmiths and Camberwell College of Arts. She’s External Examiner for BA Animation at Middlesex University and has delivered Masterclasses at Tate Britain, the Phoenix Leicester and the NFTS.

    She has been a jury member at the British Animation Awards (2012), Platforma Video Festival (2007) and Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (2006).

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  • Practice

  • Katerina is particularly interested in the place where animation and architecture meet: through the use of 3D animation, she builds digital spaces, which she traverses as imagined documentaries. Combining live action and digital media, she creates richly layered worlds within experimental short films.

    Katerina is currently part of DRIVE, a development project supported by Animate Projects and Jerwood Foundation, where she’s researching interactive animation installations. She’s also directing animation for Body of Songs, a Wellcome Trust project supported by Arts Council England, which will premiere in early 2016.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Shows


    • The Architecture of Melancholy: Ruins, (Solo Show), Sea Foundation, Tilburg, December
    • Ident-alter-ity, Thessaloniki Biennale 5, curators: Dimitris Michalaros, Anthi Argyriou
    • The Engine Room, Centre des Arts Actuels Skol, curator: Stephanie Bertrand, Montreal
    • Echoes of Eco, VIII International Winter Arts Festival, curator: Antonio Geusa, Sotchi


    • The Lumen Prize Exhibition, The Onassis Foundation, curator: Marilena Karra, Athens
    • 2014 Now, Spazio Punch, curator: Alison Moloney, Venice
    • Topography Disarranged: Landscape, Dislocation & Space, Queen of Hungary, Norfolk


    • The Lumen Prize World Tour, New York, Hong Kong, London, Cardiff


    • Visual Dialogues, The Onassis Foundation, curator: Marilena Karra, Athens
    • A Rock & A Hard Place, Thessaloniki Biennale 3, curator: Paolo Colombo
    • Art on the Underground, Canary Wharf Screen, London, June to August


    • Paradise Lost, Istanbul Modern, curator: Paolo Colombo

    Selected Screenings (2013-2015)


    • London Short Film Festival, December  (The Violet Hour)
    • ASVOFF, Centre Pompidou, December (The Violet Hour)
    • 70 Years of Greek Animation, ASIFA Greece, November 
    • SIX, Strangloscope Festival, Florianopolis, Brazil (Apodemy)
    • RIBA, 2014 Now, Screening and Panel Discussion (The Violet Hour)


    • British Animation Awards, London/Manchester/Edinburgh/Bradford/Bristol/Glasgow
    • London Short Film Festival, January (Apodemy)
    • Festival Miden, Greece (Apodemy)


    • Winter Shuffle, London, December (Apodemy)
    • Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, November (Apodemy)
    • Underwire Festival, London, November (Apodemy)
    • KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Holland, November (Apodemy)
    • Shnit International Short Film festival, Switzerland, October (Apodemy)
    • Belo Horizonte International Film Festival, Brazil, September (Apodemy)
    • Animasyros Festival, Greece, September (Apodemy)
    • Femina Film Festival, Brazil, July (Apodemy)
    • Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, June (Apodemy)
    • MAshRome Film Fest, Rome, May (Apodemy)
    • 60th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, Serbia, April (Apodemy)
    • Skepto International Film Festival, Sardinia, April (Apodemy)
    • Holland Animation Festival, Utrecht, March (Apodemy)
    • Flatpack Festival, Birmingham Museum & Gallery, UK, March (Apodemy)
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  • Awards and Grants

    • Winner of the Daylight Group Animation Competition 2015 (The Violet Hour)
    • Winner of Lumen Prize 2013 (Apodemy)
    • Shortlisted for the British Animation Awards -Best Short Film, UK 2013 (Apodemy)
    • Nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne, 2013 (Apodemy)
    • Best Animation, London Greek Film Festival, 2013 (Apodemy)
    • Special Mention, Animasyros International Festival, 2013 (Apodemy)
    • HAFF: Best Education Film, Holland 2009 (My Blood is my Tears). The film was part of Animated Minds that also won, as a series, a BAFTA Children’s Award, and was winner in Young People’s Media for the Mental Health Awards.
    • The Red Stick Professional Experimental Award 2006 (Sweet Salt)
    • Shortlisted for the Lattice (British Gas) Award, RCA, 2002 (I Sing the Body Electric)

Selected work