CYFEST Announces Open Call for the VR Program

The curatorial team is now accepting submissions for the CYFEST’s VR program.

The VR ART PROGRAM is a curated selection of 5 to 10 works chosen from international submissions via an open call. Submissions to the CYFEST VR PROGRAM are being accepted until September 25, 2019. The submission is free.


One of the largest international media art festivals, CYFEST was founded in St. Petersburg in 2007 by independent artists and curators. The festival promotes the emergence of new forms of art and high technology interactions, developing professional connections between artists, curators, engineers and programmers around the world and exposing wide audiences to the works in the field of robotics, video art, sound art and net art. Over the years, the festival has invited artists from Russia, USA, Germany, Japan, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Italy, the Philippines and other countries.

During its existence, the festival has earned a reputation as the original and the most significant New Media event in Russia. Making a pivotal leap in 2013 — CYFEST’s 7th edition expanded for the first time outside Russia to Berlin, attracting over 10,000 visitors over 5 days. In 2014/2015, CYLAND & CYFEST reached further by branching to 5 innovative cities (St Petersburg, Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin, New York) on the Art & Tech frontier, strengthening cultural exchange among innovators.

The upcoming CYFEST takes place November 2019 in St. Petersburg. The theme of the 12th CYFEST is ID.

All submitted works must match the curatorial theme of CYFEST 12 and meet the following criteria: this is the original work of the artist; the artist has all the rights to show it; the work was created after 2016.


To apply you need to fill out the form on the website:, where you need to provide for each submission: a link to online viewing of the work (vimeo, ascribe, the artist’s website, etc.); a link to 2 screenshots; general information (name, author, duration, year of creation); project description explaining the work (no more than 150 words) and artist biography, a story about yourself (no more than 150 words).

Applications deadline is September 25, 2019. The results will be published at CYLAND web site.

By submitting your work to CYLAND MediaArtLab you are authorizing screenings of your work and distribution of still images for promotion and production of CYFEST12 Digital Media program in print and online by CYLAND in reference to CYFEST.