Τhis innovative non-formal educational action is organised every year by the A.E.I. AUDIOVISUAL FORUM non profit organisation, in collaboration with the UNESCO Associate Schools Network, Cyprus (Aspnet). Through Aspnet, the approval of the Director of Secondary Education is obtained for the participation of high school students from public and private schools at the documentary film production workshops, the A.E.I Short Film Festival and the student conference where the schools are being informed about the next round of these workshops.
The short documentary production workshops are an action that is strengthened year by year and encourage young people to research, record and present issues that are related to the cultural heritage and history of Cyprus, through the documentary genre.
The four phases of this Educational Action are:
1st phase: TWO MEETINGS WITH THE STUDENT GROUPS IN TWO MONTHS
2nd phase: PRODUCTION OF TEN MINUTES DOCUMENTARY
3rd phase: SCREENING OF THE COMPETITIVE DOCUMENTARIES AT THE A.E.I. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
4th (final) phase: STUDENT DAY AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEXT WORKSHOP
1st cycle – 2018: 60 students and seven teachers from six high schools belonging to the UNESCO Associate Schools Network, Cyprus (Aspnet) participated. The students produced five 10 min. documentaries that were screened at the 1st Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival and later at the student conference day.
2nd cycle – 2019: 160 students and 15 teachers from 13 high schools belonging to the UNESCO Associate Schools Network, Cyprus (Aspnet) participated. An equal number of documentaries were produced and were screened at the 2nd Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival competing for the three cash prizes offered by the Cyprus Radio-television Authority.
3rd cycle – 2020: The action had expanded further. 240 students from 24 schools of Secondary public and private Education participated not nessesarily beloning to the the UNESCO Associate Schools Network, Cyprus (Aspnet) participated. However due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, only five school teams manage to complete the documentaries within 2020 and compete for the three cash prizes offered by the Cyprus Radio-television Authority. The screenings of the five films were online in December.
4th cycle – 2021: The current film workshop cycle includes student teams from those schools that did not complete their documentaries in 2020, along with additional school teams from new schools and from University students from the University of Cyprus and Cyprus Institute. The 10 min. films that will be produced within the framework of the film workshop along with other short films that will be produced through other similar actions will be screened at the AEI Film Festival that will take place in September.