The non profit organisation: Α.Ε.Ι. AUDIOVISUAL FORUM along with TETRAKTYS FILMS Company and the Aglantzia Municipality co-organize the 3rd edition of the Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Film Festival (AEI 2020 Film Festival).

The AEI Film Festival aims to raise awareness about the importance of heritage conservation, promote inter-cultural understanding and encourage sustainable tourism by introducing the public to important examples of archaeological and cultural heritage from Cyprus and around the world through documentary films. It further aims to encourage filmmakers in documenting world heritage . The program includes screenings of documentary films from Cyprus and abroad as well as workshops, master classes and lectures. Our categories include films from Cypriot and International filmmakers, student films up to 10 minutes (both Cypriot and international) and every year we have a special category dealing with a specific issue.

The festival focuses on community, inclusivity and (of course) good times. It aims to travel across borders in order to develop a spirit of friendship and cooperation with filmmakers from Cyprus and from all over the world. Cypriot and foreign filmmakers are invited to engage in discussions with colleagues and conversations with the audience.

The Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival (AEI Film Festival) received in 2019 the EFFE 2019-2020 Label which is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing the Festival's engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness.

The 2nd edition of the AEI Film Festival that took place in September 2019 hosted 31 documentaries, which carried the audience to Russia, India, New Zealand, Italy, Mexico, the U.K., Greece and of course Cyprus. The national screening program included the world premiere of two Cypriot documentaries: The social/historical documentary MENDIL and the archaeological documentary KINYRAS, THE CHERISHED PRIEST OF APHRODITE. Additionally, the audience had the pleasure of meeting many filmmakers, who presented their films and shared their experiences. 

The 3rd edition of AEI Film Festival will take place from the 31th of July until the 2nd of August, 2020 at the Cultural Center at Aglantzia Old Square (K. Karaolis Square). Within the three days of the Festival, 35 documentaries will be hosted divided into three categories: The INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY in which 10 selected films from abroad will be screened, the NATIONAL CATEGORY in which six documentaries produced by Cypriot filmmakers will be screened and the STUDENT CATEGORY in which 24 ten-minute documentaries will be screened, prepared by high school students, who participated in workshops organised by the AEI 2020 Film Festival, in collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network.

For further information about the AEI 2020 Film Festival, go to our web site, our FB page or email us at

Audience Award

- The best documentary film Cypriot of foreign belonging at any of the three main categories will be voted from the audience. The student films are excepted.

Payment Information

- Regular Deadline entry fees for all Film categories are $10 (until April 30, 2020)
- Late entries fees for all Film categories are $13( until May 22, 2020)

The AEI-Film Frstival is accepting submissions of documentary films that introduce to the public important examples of archaeological and cultural heritage from Cyprus and around the world; help raise awareness about the importance of heritage conservation; and encourage sustainable tourism. Professional films should be between 30 to 60 minutes in length and have been completed after 31 December 2017.

Submitted films should be in .mov or .mp4 format.
Entries in languages other than Greek or English must include either:
a) subtitles in English or Greek, or
b) a time-coded transcript in English.

- All submitted films must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images.
- We do NOT accept films that require a screening fee.
- Do not send us links to fully download your film. We do not have the capacity to download thousands of films. Submit your film and we will watch it on the FilmFreeway player, Vimeo, Youtube, etc.
We do not return material you may send us.


Submissions in this category shold focus on documentaries from 30 up to 60 min. about archaeology with the aim of introducing world heritage to a general audience.
Submissions in this category should focus on documentary films from 30 up to 60 min. about general cultural subjects with the aim of promoting cultural exchange and inter-cultural understanding.
Submissions in this category should focus on documentary films up form 30 up to 60 min. about historical subjects.

Selection and Notification
- Selected films should be submitted as HD mov. or MP4 files. There is no need for DVDs (we prefer the paperless, Eco-friendly world)
- Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival before the festival begins.


- To help promote the festival, we reserve the right for the reproduction of stills from submitted films for festival publications, flyers, and programme, online and print press and the Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival website.

- We also reserve the right to broadcast clips of all films submitted to the festival, on the AEI-Film Festival website, Vimeo channel and in the AEI festival trailer.

All decisions by the organisers regarding the program are final. By submitting your film, you agree to these conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Scott

    My film was selected for AEI 2019 and although I could not attend in person I do want to comment on the team behind the festival. The communication from the team was exceptionally efficient, warm and friendly. Honoured to be part of it and I look forward to attending next time in person.

    September 2019