Contemporary Animation Horizons – Open Call

Cut out the horizons with us! Open call for young visual arts, photography, animation and film students and emerging artists. Check out the Countryside Animafest Cyprus and the Primanima festival joint workshop opportunity. Apply by 15 May!

The Contemporary Animaton Horizons is a multiple round international workshop & animation camp. The entire programme is a talent development initiative followed by a series of creative events (screenings, masterclasses, concerts and exhibitions) in Cyprus and Hungary which aim to highlight the ability to expressive potential artistic and experimental animation cinema. 

5 Cypriot and 5 Hungarian selected applicants can participate in a multiple round one-of-a-kind practice oriented experimental workshops in Salamiou, Cyprus and in Budaörs, Hungary. In 2023, the first edition of the programme will be open to Hungarian and Cypriot applicants. We look forward to welcoming applicants from all over the world in the coming years! The participants could come from various backgrounds and be active in other fields of art outside animation. We believe that the diversity of approaches of all participants will create a fertile ground for creative collaborations. Our aim through these events is to encourage them to experiment and extend the boundaries of their practice.

Experimental Animation
Collective Creation
10 participants
Professional tutors

The focus of the workshops would be on collage. Collage itself works great as a collection of different cultures, and art forms (music, animation, fine arts, photography, moving pictures etc.) Throughout, the direction of experimental filmmaking has been very important in the conceptualisation and realisation. We are building on this to support the empowerment of young talent and to provide a new approach to replace a commercialised film industry.

You will have a chance to work on audiovisual pieces with professional tutors such as Yiorgos Tsangaris and Tamás Patrovits. An important guideline will be that, based on the collective reflections on the collage, the participants boldly explore the free possibilities offered by the form. We would also like to aim at providing as many different common platforms as possible for participants to think, experiment and share knowledge. Therefore, participants will be offered the opportunity to stay for both festivals. We believe that the festival's programmes and the experience of experimenting together will be inspiring and will have a positive synergy effect on the creators.

How can I apply?

Send us in English the following materials!
- for Hungarian applicants:
- for Cypriot applicants:

  • portfolio
  • curriculum vitae
  • previous works and/or projects that you consider are relevant
  • fill in our questionnaire (link!)
  • tell us about your motivation
Deadline: 15th of May, 2023!

Dates of the Animation Film Camps in 2023

22nd Countryside Animafest Cyprus – 6-9th of August in Salamiou, Cyprus

11th World Festival of First Animations Primanima – 9-13rd of October Budaörs, Hungary

The two Festivals will provide the hospitality costs (i.e accommodation and meals), equipment, materials, technical training and assistance to the participants to complete their project. Hopefully we can partly support their travel costs too, but we cannot guarantee this at the time of publishing this call.

Initiative by Countryside Animafest Cyprus and Primanima Festival.


Countryside Animafest Cyprus

Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum

Primanima Festival


Supported by

The Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Culture

the Municipal of Budaörs

Greek Institute Hungary

Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus Budapest

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