3rd Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival

The 3rd Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Film Festival (AEI Festival 2020) will take place from 10 to 13 of September, at the Environmental Information CenterAthalassa National Forest Park, located between the Church of St. Barbara and the University of Cyprus in Aglantzia. 

The AEI Festival 2020 is a cultural activity  organised by the not for profit Organisation A.E.I. AUDIOVISUAL FILM FORUM in collaboration with the Municipality of Aglantzia, the Department of Forests and TETRAKTYS FILMS.

This year’s Festival is supported by the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth through the CULTURE Program, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Department of Forests, the Cyprus Radio-television Authority, the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO, the Creative Europe Desk Cyprus, the French Institute, the Embassy of Greece, the Embassy of Italy, the Australian High Commission in Cyprus and RIK (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation) as the official Media sponsor. 

The four-day programme of the A.E.I. Festival 2020 includes 24 archaeological and ethnographic documentaries from Cyprus, Australia, Chile, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Lebanon, Turkey, Japan, and Greece. This year we will have the pleasure to host six foreign directors, whose films will be screened at the Festival. They come from Lebanon, Greece, Italy, and France. 
The A.E.I. Festival 2020 also presents an innovation. It will be the first hybrid Film Festival in Cyprus. That is, except for the screening of the documentaries at the Athalassa Centre of Environmental Awareness and Education, they will also be screened online, through a special platform that we have leased. In this way, the A.E.I. Festival 2020 obtains an International dimension.
The programme of the A.E.I. Festival 2020 includes:
Documentary screenings between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. From 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. the screenings will take place in the event hall of K.P.E.E. and the screenings from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in the parking lot that we will turn into an open-air cinema. All the necessary protection measures, provided by the decrees of the Ministry of Health, will be taken to protect the public from the COVID 19 pandemic.
The directors will attend the screenings of the films, a short discussion will follow, between the director and the audience. In addition, after the screening of the 20-minute documentary GO, LOOK, LISTEN, by the Greek director Mary Bouli, dealing with the accessibility of people with disabilities in the Greek Museums, there will be a round table discussion about: “Accessibility of people with disabilities in the Cypriot museums and exhibit halls.” Representatives of Associations of people with Disabilities and Museum Curators will be invited to participate in the discussion. The event is open to the public.
During the opening ceremony of the Festival, an honorary award will be presented to the director/ producer of RIK Maro Theodosiou, for her overall contribution to the recording of the archaeology and history of Cyprus through the camera lens. It will be preceded by the screening of a documentary directed by the honoured, produced by RIK.

Except for the screenings, the following cultural activities will take place during the four days of the A.E.I. Festival 2020:

Two thematic excursions, to cultural points of Troodos Geopark and to the Aphrodite Cultural Route, accompanied by licensed guides. The first thematic excursion will take place on Friday 11/9 and includes a tour to important geological points, that belong to Troodos Geopark. This action is done in collaboration with the Geological Survey Department.

The second thematic excursion, will take place on Sunday 13/9, includes a tour to three archaeological sites that belong to the Aphrodite Cultural Route of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities.  Three interesting photo exhibitions will be open to the public during the Festival. The first, belongs to Mustafa Ongun, a Cypriot artist photographer and the two other, to the Department of Forest, with photos by its photographic archive and from Troodos mountain range.

During the weekend 12/9 and 13/9, we will have four interactive workshops aimed to children between 6 to 12 years old and will concern the archaeology, the environment, the arts, and the musical tradition. The workshops are supported by PITK and the Pedagogical Institute.

This year’s Festival will of course include educational activities, aimed to film professionals, as it does every year.

Specifically on Saturday 12/9, there will be a master class, with the veteran, Greek director Dimitris Traggalos, on the subject “documentary editing”, a presentation by Dr. Stelios Stylianou, head of the Creative Europe Desk in Cyprus, of the MEDIA funding programmes of the E.E. CREATIVE EUROPE programme, and a film workshop on the technique of pitching, with the distinguished Slovak screenwriter and producer, Michaela Sabo. As part of the workshop, Ms. Sabo, in addition to her presentation, will have half hour meetings with six directors-producers who have a project in development and which belongs to the categories of the documentary, TV series or fiction, and who are interested in consulting it.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 99694407. Participation in screenings and workshops is free. Price for the participation in the excursions, including food and drinks, is 10 euros per person. Reservations are required. A priority list will be kept.
All the films come with English subtitles.

Environmental Information Center of Athalassa National Forest Park
Postal address: 1 Kerynia avenue, Aglanjia, 2116 (opposite Cyprus University Campus and next to the Santa Barbara church) 
Phone number: +35799694407
Fax: +35722339286
Website: https://aei-filmfestival.org      http://www.athalassapark.eu
Social media: https://www.facebook.com/Cyprus-Archaeological-Ethnographic-Historical-Film-Festival 

Start date/End date: 10 -13 of September, 2020

Screenings start time/Screenings end time: 18:00 – 23:00

Departure time of the buses for the two excursions: 07:45

Entrance tickets: Free Entrance (Pre Booking of seats is required) for the screenings and workshops.
€10 for the thematic excursions.

Organiser Contact Details: 
Telephone: 99694407
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Postal Address: 95 Keryneia Ave., Apt. 201, Aglantzia, 2113, Nicosia


Nicosia / Aglantzia, Cyprus
10/09/2020 - 13/09/2020