“Red Lion” by Oh. Official Selection in the 7th Insomnia International Open-Air Animation Film Festival 2019 (Russia)
by on July 6, 2019 in Film Festivals Metallia
Insomnia Open-air Animation Festival in Russia
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I received some great news today that “Red Lion” is an Official Selection in the 7th Insomnia International Open-Air Animation Film Festival 2019 as part of the “Animated Dreams – Music of the Night” program. The festival takes place in the Russian countryside in a fantastic meadow surrounded by a forest, near the small river Ugra (200 km from Moscow) in the Kaluga region. Last year approximately 8,000 visitors attended the festival with brilliant animation from around the world.

Insomnia believes that for the correct perception of animation, an open sky and darkness, formed by the natural rotation of the Earth, are necessary. Only such darkness can bring us back to ourselves, tearing ourselves from the illusions and bustle of civilization. They also want to help animation lovers meet and spend time in a friendly atmosphere.

It looks like an amazing experience and the organizers are very welcoming.

Insomnia Open-air Animation Festival in Russia
Insomnia Open-air Animation Festival in Russia

Insomnia Open-air Animation Festival in RussiaThe The International Insomnia Animation Film Festival is an independent animation festival which takes place in the Russian countryside. it is the first Russian festival to be held outdoors and outside the city limits under the stars and in nature. In 2019, the Insomnia Festival will be held in the Kaluga Region from July 18 to July 22. For four nights in a row on a big and nice meadow surrounded by the forest they screen the best short animated films from all over the world. During the day guests can enjoy other festival activities — lectures, live music concerts, performances, a craft market and art-installations. There is also a children playground with attractions and an its own animation program. Insomnia believes that for the correct perception of animation, an open sky and darkness, formed by the natural rotation of the Earth, are necessary. Only such darkness can bring us back to ourselves, tearing ourselves from the illusions and bustle of civilization. They also want to help animation lovers meet and spend time in a friendly atmosphere.

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Music Scene

Insomnia Open-air Animation Festival in Russia
Photo credit: Alexey Volkov www.aVolkov.su

There are two Music Scenes during the festival, some of the bands that will play there:

69 FM, Выдра, Где-то там, Дальний свет, Дети неонового солнца,Лосось мудрости, Мосбрас, Небослов, Оргия, Праведников, Площадь Гагарина, Позитива, Приятели Покойного, Пустиграют, Радиоточка, Ростислав Чебыкин, Теуникова & КоMПОзит, Уровень моря, Усэ Гаразд, Хельга Патаки, Ascorbic Acid, Bugaboo Band, Dead Monk, Feliz, Heavy Lime, Jambattista, Kill the Barber!, Lubava, Moonloom, My Baby’s Blues Band, Nina Garnet, PsycheDELTA Blues Band, Punky Lama, Rarka, Severnee, Sweet PAD, The Dartz, The Order of Things, tinq

Kids & Postcards

Insomnia also has a competition for children under 16 years old “Insomnia Kids” and a postcard competition.
Winners of the “Insomnia-2019” postcards competition, Lucy Sibirtseva,
Polina Gromova, Belle Shaova and Polina Andreeva, Anna Yarotskaya made these awesome designs below.

If you can’t go into the wilderness in Moscow they will screen a few of the main films in the competition.

If you are in Moscow, you can by tickets here

Poster "Red Lion" Music Video Oh. Olivia HadjiioannouThe numinous Red Lion illuminates the road of the warrior goddess Metallia to restore the ever-present multidimensional vision long lost to humanity.

Red Lion has the inner Fire but only in potential. He eats matter when given his freedom and does the work of Nature. He inspires intelligence, imagination and life but he can not escape the prison of the Earth plane and can not free himself though his own power. A special key is necessary to dissolve the chains of the Earth.

Director/composer Olivia Hadjiioannou (aka Oh.) presents a consciousness-expanding visual and acoustic odyssey within a multidimensional psychedelic landscape.

Inspired by scenes from Federico Fellini’s, “8 1/2”, Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice in Wonderland”, Maurice Sendak’s, “Where the Wild Things Are”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s, “The Little Prince” and ancient Greek myth.

“Red Lion” is the first in a six-part series of animated music videos by the multi-instrumentalist, Oh. for the progressive metal album “Metallia“.

Directors Statement

We all want to have answers to the ultimate meaning of why we are here.

There’s a time when you need to set aside everything you already know. We collect experiences and impressions with our minds and this increases the presence of our soul.There is a duality not only without but within because the mind receives information from both the body and the spirit. If the connection is weak between the spirit and the mind – there is no possibility to see the whole or our state and place in existence. Our minds – our everyday consciousness is cluttered with judgements, repetition, echoes of apprehension and fear, debates and doubts. If left on its own without the guidance of spirit; we exist in a negative world, alienated, in conflict with reality.

This missing connection is at the core of all our physical, emotional and mental health issues.

There is a way to recover our initial state so we can truly begin our journey here as we were meant to.

We must isolate the thoughts, feelings and emotions produced by the physical body first. Then it will be possible to isolate the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are given by our spirits. Once both are recognized, a vision of an ever-present state of awareness awakens on its own.

Metallia acoustically and visually narrates this very intimate personal spiritual and psychic journey. – Olivia Hadjiioannou aka Oh.

“If you put Kate Bush, Auf Der Maur, Ayreon, Chiasmata, Igorrr, old White Zombie and Amogh Symphony in a blender with several metronomes running different time signatures, add a healthy dash of thrash riffs to the proggy mix and baked the resulting mixture for several hours you probably wouldn’t even come close to the sound.” – Lee Davidson – Prog Metal Madness

Olivia Hadjiioannou, Ολίβια Χατζηιωάννου, Oh., Press photos, Official Photos, Music, News, Greece, metal, RockMulti-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.

The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK

The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.

CD Metallia - Oh. aka Olivia Hadjiioannou

“Metallia” by Oh. is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.

This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

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Weird and Wonderful World of Oh.

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