The Organizers

Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth

Acknowledging the power of cinematography and its importance in shaping and moulding contemporary societies, the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth have been actively engaged in various aspects contributing towards the development of filmmaking. A multifaceted policy has therefore been developed, aiming to enhance cinematographic art and education. This is achieved, on the one hand, through grants awarded to Cypriot filmmakers and producers in order to complete and distribute their work in international and local festivals and, on the other hand, by supporting cinema clubs and festivals, thus enabling the Cypriot audience to become acquainted with different film schools, cultivate their aesthetic ability and develop critical thinking.

Rialto Theatre

The Rialto Theatre is a non-profit cultural organisation. Since 1999, it has been organising, producing, promoting and hosting productions from the entire spectrum of performing arts. Its mission is to educate and develop the local audience, while showcasing and promoting the work of Cypriot artists and creators.

Over the years, the Organisation has developed and established an excellent network of collaborations and partnerships with other like-minded cultural organisations and theatres across the world. In addition to its state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Rialto Theatre also disposes of highly-skilled personnel, including professionals with know-how, experience and expertise in the field of cultural production and management. During these past 21 years, the Rialto Theatre has hosted almost two million spectators and thousands of events, thus establishing itself as one of the most important and reliable cultural actors in Cyprus and abroad.

For many years now, the Rialto Theatre has been organising and producing the following annual events and festivals in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth: Cyprus Film Days International Festival, International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival, Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform, Drama Short Film Festival travels to Cyprus, Cyprus Jazz and World Music Showcase, and since March 2020, the Cyprus Choreography Showcase aiming to present the work of Cypriot choreographers internationally. Most of the festivals organised by the Rialto Theatre have received the EFFE Label – Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable art festivals.