Animafest Cyprus

Submit your films at the 20th Countryside Animafest Cyprus 

11-14 August 2021, Salamiou

Animafest Cyprus, the International Animation Festival of Cyprus, announces the call for film submissions and invites authors who wish to submit their films in the international competition. Deadline is February 28th 2021. There is no entry fee.

Find here the festival Regulations or how to submit your film and the online entry form

Animafest Cyprus is known for showcasing independent non commercial films, featuring competitions, masterclasses, workshops, special screenings and an Artists in Residence program (Animation and Contemporary art) 

We look forward to your submissions and hope to have you with us in Animafest Cyprus 2021!!!

 Supported by: Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth – Cultural Services

Hirshhorn Black Box Installation View

Animation & Contemporary Art
Artist in residence 2021: visual artist Gerco de Ruijter (NL)

Animation is a versatile art form that has various applications. An exciting contemporary application can be found in the visual arts, at the interface with cinema. Countryside Animafest Cyprus presents the second edition of the Animation & Contemporary Art program in 2021, with a residency of the Dutch artist Gerco de Ruijter.

Gerco de Ruijter works with photography and film. The artist has earned his spurs in the field of documentary art films. His work shows a personal style, his landscape films are one of a kind. His art explores how far the presentation of the landscape can be reduced and yet still remain recognisable.

He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the Netherlands and elsewhere and his work is included in several important private and public collections.

In the late 1980s De Ruijter started using kites and balloons to create images of situations far from our point of view. Since 2012 he has been mining Google Earth as a source, resulting in films like Crops (2013) on centre pivot irrigation in the USA, using over 1000 circles, and Playground (2014) on American Football fields, starting from an abstract series of pictures of field lines with identical measurements. These films are abstractly organized around a single theme and a point of view taken vertically from the air. In the installation Dissolve (2017) he tilted the familiar presentation of the shore of a mountain lake in a vertical panorama, from the early morning darkness to nightfall.

The residence of Gerco de Ruijter will take place in July 2021 in the city of Nicosia and the village of Salamiou, where the 20th Countryside Animafest Cyprus will take place from 11-14 August 2021. Gerco de Ruijter will show the result of his work at the festival in Salamiou in August and in Nicosia in October. 
Take a look at Gerco de Ruijter’s site to get an impression of his oeuvre (

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