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Τhe nonprofit NGO Α.Ε.Ι. AUDIOVISUAL FORUM in association with Tetraktys Films production Company and the Municipality of Aglatzia, co-organize the 3rd Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Film Festival (AEI 2020 Film Festival).
AEI Festival 2020 this year will be screening a notable selection of Cypriot and international documentaries, dealing with Archaeology, Ethnography and History, hosting interesting discussions, specialized workshops and lectures on cinema and educational activities, and featuring the fascinating present and the dynamic future of the Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical documentary.

Worths to mention that our festival is internationally recognized this year, since it has acquired the quality certification EFFE Label 2019 – 2020, for promoting the history and culture of Cyprus through innovative actions, addressed to Cypriots and non-Cypriots, with special emphasis on the youth. For the same reason, AEI 2020 Film Festival is supported by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth.

The AEI2020 Film Festival will take place at Environmental Information Center Athalassa National Forest Park from the 10th until the 13th of September 2020. In addition, the AEI2020 Film Festival will be the very first Cypriot Film Festival that will be hybrid. So through our virtual film festival platform, audience from every corner of the planet will be able to watch the films online. More details will be announced very soon.

Within three days it will host 18 movies, short and feature-length documentaries, and a number of parallel educational and recreational activities will also take place.
The national screening program will host new and older work by Cypriot directors, including the first official screening of the documentary AKAMAS: LAND OF MYTH, NATURE, TRADITION.

The international screening section will host remarkable ethnographical and archaeological documentaries from Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, England, France, Czech Republic, Portugal, Iran, Australia and Japan.

The student section of this year’s festival will be postponed to November, on a date to be announced later, due to the pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the restrictive measures announced by the Cyprus Government, in order to limit its spread and to protect the citizens. The completion of the 3rd cycle of the documentary workshops, organized by the AEI Film Festival in collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network was compulsorily postponed.

As a result, the 24 student teams, that took part in the workshops, were given an extension to complete their documentaries until October, so that they would be ready for their screening, on the date to be announced. The student documentaries, this year, will be competing for the three awards, sponsored by the Cyprus Radio-Television Authority. The awards ceremony will take place on the last day of the student documentaries screening, when the fourth cycle of the workshops, that will take place in 2021, will be announced.

Regarding the parallel activities of this year’s festival, the following cultural activities will be conducted:

  • An interactive Music-Theatrical Workshop with the musician Leoni Hatzithoma.
  • An environmental workshop in coordination with the Department of Forests.
  • A ceramics workshop with Suzana Petri, where children will be taught how to craft a figurine inspired by the Bronze Age, as well as a small pottery using the original techniques of the artists of the past.
  • An archeological workshop with archaeologist Elisavet Stefani entitled “Let me introduce myself: archaeologist”, in order to acquaint students with the science of archeology.

Along with the screenings and educational programs, the festival will be enriched with the photography exhibition of our compatriot Mustafa Ongun.

The parallel activities, also, include three specialized workshops, given by cinema professionals from abroad, openly to the public with themes that revolve around the development and production of documentaries.

Finally, we will organize two entertainment and educational excursions, accompanied by tour guides. The first excursion, concerns a tour of geological sites and of the Troodos Geopark museum and the second, will take place in the archeological sites of Amathus and Palaipafos, located in Kouklia, where, amongst other monuments, very important sanctuaries and temples in honor of the goddess Aphrodite, will also be seen.

What is the EFFE Label ?

The EFFE Label is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness.

The ΕFFE Label was awarded to the Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic Hisyorical Film Festival (AEI Film Festival) and after being evaluated by international experts in the festival world. https://www.festivalfinder.eu/effe-label https://www.festivalfinder.eu/effe-label

AEI 2019 Film Festival is embedded in the European artistic, cultural and social reality as well as fulfills all of the 10 quality standards set by the evaluators:

1. presenting a coherent and curated artistic programme;

2. supporting on-going artistic development (some examples of this are: offering residencies to artists, contributing to new creations, and supporting artistic research);

3. providing opportunities for upcoming or innovative artists to create or to be presented in your programme;

4. being rooted in its’ local community fostering local connections in the programme and among the performers/ performances. The festival involves local artists as well as local audiences in its projects;

5. helping to increase access to culture and attract diverse audiences. (some examples include different socio-economic backgrounds, age groups, genders, and cultures);

6. taking measures to be more sustainable. This can refer to environment, economics, business models, and social impacts;

7. helping to shape, encourage and promote intercultural experiences for your audiences and artists;

8. embracing inclusivity as a core principle and practice;

9. investing in innovation and capacity building;

10. engaging with audiences, for example through educational programmes.

More Details Coming Soon

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Festival Supporters

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Festival Supporters

Warm gratitudes to the following organisations for their substantial support they offered to the 3nd Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival

Student Workshop Supporters

Group of Directors / Cinematographers

Ektor Papageorghiou, Costas Chrysanthou,
Sophia Tsaggaridou, Andreas Shieittanis,
Andreas Kyriakou, Lyda Agiomamiti
George Chrysanthou, Nicolas Loizou,
Stavros Papageorgiou, Linos Panagi

Student Workshop Sponsors