The 5th International Motion Festival (IMF) is announced and is organized by the Department of Arts of the European University Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus, and will take place in May 2019. It is the first of its kind both in Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean and Middle East region. It aims to bring together film-makers, video artists, computer animators, graphic designers and their audience and to familiarize the public with what has traditionally remained as the “invisible art”: motion graphics.

Even though motion graphics has been around for decades as a discipline, it is only recently that it has taken leaps forward and been acknowledged as another art form. The IMF aims to open a forum for the presentation of the most contemporary and most creative work in the field of motion graphics and thus to be established as a pioneering event for the future, that will promote innovative and cutting-edge work.

The 5th International Motion Festival (IMF) will take place on 6 - 9 May 2019!

It is organized by the Department of Arts of the European University Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The IMF aims to open a forum for the presentation of the most contemporary and most creative work in the world of motion and thus to be established as the Pioneering Festival that promotes innovative and cutting-edge work.

The IMF, now in its 5th edition, is the platform for showcasing innovative motion art videos, spanning from motion graphics, to 2D and 3D animation, video art, and shorts.

Prizes will be awarded to the best entry in each of the 4 competition categories:

Go with the Flow, (Motion Graphics, Music Videos, Commercials, Opening Titles, 3D Mapping, virtual museums and archives, Computer Generated Imagery, Broadcast Design)

Animatropics & Animesh, (2D & 3D Animation, manual or computer aided, ranging from hand drawn, sand and glass animation, digital, retro, etc)

Short & Sweet, (New and awarded short films, ranging from drama, comedy, social commentary and experimental film)

The Single Channel Show (Video Art presented with single channel works. Experiments pushing the limits of the moving image)


Submission of works Deadline – Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Announcement of Selected Works / Films – Tuesday, 23 October 2018
IMF 2019 Festival Dates – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6 – 9 May 2019 (inclusive)


Prizes will be awarded to the best entry in each of the 4 competition categories:
Go with the Flow
Animatropics & Animesh
Short & Sweet
The Single Challenge Show


There is an indicative administrative fee of €15 per work submitted.
Students pay €10 per work submitted.
Special fees apply to companies and academic institutions.
Please contact us at for more information.


Payment can be made via JCC Smart. If you do not have a JCC Smart account signing up is easy and you can do so here.
For a Submission to be valid, payment must be received and confirmed through JCC Smart.
Make sure to include the Reference number of your payment in the appropriate field of the Submission form.


Pay the appropriate administrative fee (more details on point 4)
Fill in the submission form on the Call for Entries page
Send your work in an acceptable format (see point 6) via a file sharing website (such as to


To be considered for competition/ selection, your entry must arrive in a format that can be viewed by the pre-selectors and the jury members. Please provide a video file that has been tested.
Video Format – Most major codecs are accepted, but H.264 video with AAC audio is recommended for best streaming results
HD Resolution: 1280×720 (720p, 16:9 aspect ratio) or 1920×1080 (1080p, 16:9 aspect ratio)
.mov or .avi
There are no limits to how many works can be entered but each work needs:
a completed separate entry form
the appropriate administration fee paid as explained at point 4

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Video capture of video games or T.V. Adverts cannot be submitted.

The IMF Committee is not obligated to screen all the videos submitted.

The IMF Cyprus accepts no responsibility in case of damage during the transportation and / or installation of the works.

To be eligible for participation, the work must have been produced AFTER January 2017.

The artists, whose work will be selected, will be notified via e-mail by the production team of IMF Cyprus.

The IMF production team can cancel the IMF 2019 Festival at any time, provided that the circumstances render its realization unfeasible.

The IMF 2019 Festival will be documented / filmed. Parts or all of it (the festival) may be shown / screened / presented at other international festivals. Public and artists whose work is included in the IMF 2019 agree to this unconditionally.

With the submission of an entry form, participants unconditionally accept these terms and agree to the use of excerpts (up to 60 secs) by the organisers for publicity and archive purposes.

When you submit your work to IMF 2019, it is automatically considered part of the IMF 2019 Festival and may be included if and when the IMF 2019 is presented or participates in other international festivals.

The IMF endeavours to compile a database with contact information of all IMF participants, past and present (and updated with every IMF edition) to be offered complimentary to all IMF participants with the simple use of a password to be provided at a later time.

Overall Rating
  • Delighted to be a part of this festival, firstly by then doing me the honour of letting me do a speech at the festival on Robots vs Humans and then getting to see my film play in Cyprus. I hugely recommend this festival.

    August 2019
  • Michelantony Dunston

    Although I was unable to attend, the festival was very open, kind, and communicative. Thank you, IMF!

    June 2019
  • Danielle Rabinovitz

    Great small festival, Very hospitable.
    I attended the opening cermony, that was very surprising and well organized. Their was a live performance from a dancer, a flute player, and the team itself made a brodway sing a long - super entertaining!
    I went to see my movie that was projected in one of the classrooms in the university. The other movies I saw were really great and intresting films with big variety, so I was proud to be one of the films that participated in the festival.
    Overall, it was a really fun experience, and if you are intrested in going to a small community festival - this one was definitely awesome!

    June 2017
  • It's always a great pleasure when our clients screen at this festival - a great line-up and strong communication.

    May 2017