“My Stuffed Granny” is a multi-awarded short stop motion animated film directed and narrated by Effie Pappa and it’s her graduation film from the National Film & Television School, UK. It is a black surreal comedy based on a story by Nina Kouletakis and produced by Miranda Ballesteros.
Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny: even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Her pension is the only thing keeping her and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more?
Effe Pappa was born and spent her early years in a small town of Greece, Igoumenitsa, where she had her first lessons in Painting, Classic Dance and Music. Her passion for storytelling started when she first joined her town’s theatrical team, where she played several roles mostly in Aristophane’s ancient dramas. She left her town in 2004, when she entered the Technological Educational Institute of Athens where she studied Fine Arts & Design, after succeeding in the panhellenic exams. She specialized in Animation and graduated with her shortfilm “1.2 Million Children” (3’00’’, cut outs), about Human Trafficking of children. After receiving the highest marks for Animation the film went on to be selected in more than 40 Film Festivals worldwide, gained more than 100,000 views with social media and had a theatrical release in Athenian Cinemas. She worked as a freelance Director, Animator and co-found “Geometry Lab”; a collective of designers. Simultaneously, she carried on her studies in Philosophy and Social Sciences. In 2012 she was one of eight students to be selected internationally to attend the MA course in Directing Animation, at the prestigious National Film & Television School in the United Kingdom and received a scholarship from Alexander S. Onassis Foundation. During her studies she directed short films including her graduation short “My Stuffed Granny” (10’00’’, Stop Frame Puppets) which depicts hope during the Greek sociopolitical and economical crisis. Currently she lives in London, animating a 26 episode, educational series called “Learn to Read with Pip”. In the future, she wishes to continue her passion of telling stories through a range of different media.
Nina Kouletakis lives between Athens and Ancient Epidaurus. She is an antifascist, proud mom of twins, former teacher, retired civil servant, active writer, avid reader, wretched poet, avid toy collector, amateur photographer, free-range actor, horrible musician, bearable singer, excellent listener, ingenious liar, eloquent speaker, defiantly rabelaisian, fanatic traveller, activist mistress. She is disgustingly smart, too.