“Red Lion” by Oh. Official Selection in the 5th Animation 2019 Athens
by on November 8, 2019 in Film Festival Metallia Film Festivals

“Red Lion” is an Official Selection in the 5th ANIMATION MARATHON 2019 Athens, 20th-24th November 2019.  An international annual event in Athens, Greece.

“Red Lion” is an Official Selection in the 5th ANIMATION MARATHON 2019 Athens, 20th-24th November 2019. “Red Lion” is in Competition 1 which will take place on Wednesday 20/11/2019 at 15:00  – 17:00 at the Department of Early Childhood Education at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Education in Preschool Age, 13Α, Navarinou Str. in Athens.

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The EUROPEAN ANIMATION CENTER is a non-profit and a non-governmental organization that aims to bring the younger generation closer to the secrets and fascination of the art of animation and their diverse applications on the small and big screen, the multimedia, the Internet and education in general.

Special emphasis is given to European animation films, regardless of techniques, style and aesthetic trends thus demonstrating the common cultural heritage of the European people.

Attention has also been given in supporting the professional creativity of young people, through special audiovisual programs, thus enriching the limited production of animation films in Greece.

Finally, through this website, an attempt is being made to create a reliable database so that new professional filmmakers will have direct access to all the information they need, covering the animation sector on a European level.

From August 2004, when the European Animation Center was established, more than 80.000 viewers attended our projections, workshops, meetings, expositions and other activities in Athens and the greater area.

Activities that were established by the European Animation Center are the following:

Animart Greece
Athens Animfest
Athens Multimation
Animation Marathon

Activities and Programs:

Cartoons go to… School!
Animation and Ecology: The Planet Earth in nervous crisis!
Christmas Films Projections


The 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

“Red Lion” Winner French Riviera Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Winner Independent Talents International Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Winner Cosmocinema Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Winner Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Winner The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Finalist Oniros Film Awards® 2019
“Red Lion” Semi-Finalist Light & Future International Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Semi-Finalist Indie Visions Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Official Selection Athens Marathon International Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Official Selection Solaris Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Official Selection Insomnia International Animation Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Official Selection The Lift-Off Sessions 2019
“Red Lion” Official Selection Music Shorts Film Festival 2019
“Red Lion” Official Selection Aphrodite Film Awards 2019
“Red Lion” Official Selection Los Angeles CineFest 2019

Poster "Red Lion" Music Video Oh. Olivia Hadjiioannou
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