Images and Views of Alternative Cinema

The Festival entitled ‘Images and Views of Alternative Cinema’, is an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Theatro Ena, in cooperation with the Cultural Organisation Brave New Culture and Point Centre for Contemporary Art. Through its programmes, it aims to highlight experimental and alternative cinematographic expression.

Since its very first year, organisers and their associates have sought to showcase experimental cinema, through a truly diverse programme, giving audiences an opportunity to come into contact with the work of different film makers, artistic movements and cinema trends. Their common denominator is the exploration of the aesthetic and formalistic possibilities of audiovisual art, experimentation, social and existential concerns and the questioning of academic film writing. Often, the festival combines film language with other forms of audiovisual expression, such as video-art and animations.

The Festival, usually held in the month of June, includes screenings by important representatives from the fields of experimental and alternative cinema, animation and video-art. Moreover, it seeks to create a forum for discussion and lectures while attempting to bring together film professionals, critics and theoreticians, artists, art lovers and friends of alternative cinema.

In cooperation with leading organisations such as Canyon Cinema and the Film Makers Cooperative, this small-scale Festival has presented films from the American Underground Cinema, giving Cypriot audiences the opportunity to become acquainted with a different, entirely unknown aspect of American cinematography. There was great interest from the Cypriot public in the tribute to Italian Neorealist Documentaries, organised in cooperation with the Luce Institute, as well as the tributes to film pioneers with films from the Greek Film Archive, to the Lettrist movement, New Algerian Cinema, the Free Cinema British Documentary Movement, the great film feminist M. Longinotto, etc.

Cooperation with the Goethe Institute of Greece was also a success, with programmes from the German Modernist movement and the Dresden International Festival. More recent screenings include works by the great French situationist artist and philosopher Guy Debord, the exceptional documentaries of the Armenian Artavan Pelechian, who honoured us by his presence in Cyprus, the films of the pioneer documentary maker Joris Evens, presented in Cyprus by his wife, Marceline Evens, widely known for her life and work, those of Klaus Wyborny and many more.