The non-profit organization A.E.I AUDIOVISUAL FORUM, through its actions, focuses on the three pillars: ARCHEOLOGY – NATIONALITY – HISTORY and aspires, through the education on the documentary field ,to be a conduit for the promotion and dissemination of the cultural heritage, the heritage of our homeland. At the same time, it functions as a platform of collecting, recording and screening of documentaries with stories of people, places, cultures from all over the world.
Perhaps the most important function of the organization is the Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Festival, through which its educational dimension is shown, emphasizing the participation of students of all levels, not only as spectators but also as creators. This action that is strengthened year by year and actuates the young to research, record and present issues related to the cultural heritage and history of our place, through documentaries.
In 2018, Tetraktys Films in collaboration with the Unesco Cyprus Schools Partnership Network, organized on a pilot basis the first cycle of student documentaries on short documentary film production, with the participation of 60 students and 7 teachers from 6 high schools. As part of this workshop, the students made five 10-minute documentaries, which were presented at the 1st International Festival of Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentaries and later on, during a student seminar, where the 2nd cycle of workshops for 2019 was announced.
In 2019, the second series of the same workshop was implemented, with the participation of 160 middle school and high school students, as well as 15 teachers from 13 schools which belonged to the Unesco Cyprus Schools Company Network. The organizers of the workshops assigned a group of 4 directors to train them, aiming to create thirteen 10-minute documentaries that were screened at the 2nd International Festival of Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary. The student groups that participated in the second cycle of the workshops, claimed three cash prizes established by the Cyprus Radio-television Authority, for the three best documentaries.
Educational activities that, also, took place in AEI 2019 festival were:
In addition, a student symposium was held in October 2019, where students and teachers who participated in the second cycle of workshops, had the opportunity to exchange their experience with students and school teachers who were interested in participating in the upcoming cycle of workshops, in 2020.
In 2020, the third cycle of student workshops was implemented, with the participation of 24 secondary schools, both public and private. As a result, of the particular situation we have been facing the last few months and a thorough evaluation of all the parameters and developments due to the pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19), it was decided that the screening of this year’s student documentaries will be postponed to November, on a date to be announced later. 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 and the competition for the awards of the Cyprus Broadcasting Authority. The awards ceremony will take place on the last day of the students documentaries screening, when the fourth cycle of the workshops, that will take place in 2021, will be announced.
Ektor Papageorghiou, Costas Chrysanthou,
Sophia Tsaggaridou, Andreas Shieittanis,
Andreas Kyriakou, Leda Ayiomamitis
The second series of students’ workshops on short documentary film production with the participation of 160 students and 13 teachers from High Schools and Lyceums belonging to the Cyprus UNESCO Associated Schools Network, became reality due to the support of the following organisations.