Cyprus Film Days International Festival,the largest international film event in Cyprus dedicated exclusively to contemporary world cinema and fiction feature length films, celebrates its fifteenth edition this year.
Cyprus Film Days is an initiative of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theatre, which launched fifteen years ago, bringing feature films from across the globe to audiences in Cyprus. Since then, it has expanded the cinematic horizons of Cyprus, has suggested new perspectives, has hosted dozens of filmmakers, has honored established directors and new talents, always providing a platform for cinematic expression. It has, of course, majorly supported the local film production, through the screening and promotion of Cypriot films, and through awarding a substantial number of Cypriot directors.
In an atmosphere of celebration, with more than twenty feature films screening for the first time in Cyprus, the Festival will be premiering on the 27th April and concluding on the 6th May, 2017, at Rialto Theatre, in Limassol and at Zena Palace Cinema, in Nicosia.
The selection of films and programming of screenings and parallel events, is undertaken by a three-member Artistic Committee, consisting of Tonia Mishiali (director), Dr Costas Constantinides (film scholar) and director- producer Marios Stylianou.
With a film programming schedule that is packed with the best in new cinema productions from the newest breakthrough independent film creators to established auteurs, the Festival is preparing an exquisite ten days with screenings, parallel events,Q&A sessions, and film workshops for professionals. The Festival will showcase two main programmes of screenings: Viewfinder –which includesawarded filmsthat have been celebrated internationally during the festival year, and Glocal Images, which is the international competition section of the Festival.All films in these two programmes are Cyprus premieres.
A five member International Jury will award the Glocal Images Best Film Award, accompanied by the amount of €6,000, the Glocal Images Special Jury Award, accompanied by the amount of €3,000 and the Glocal Images Best Director Award, accompanied by the amount of €1,000 and technical servicesDCPMastering-Deliverables– Subtitling (worth of €3,500), sponsored by Authorwave. The International Jury will comprise of internationally renowned film professionals, the names of whom will be announced soon.
Continuing its efforts as a developing educational and entertainment platform for film, not only addressing grown ups but also the younger generation of film audiences, the Festival presents Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth, a series of screenings, workshops and parallel events for young audiences (8 to 18 years).The artistic directors of Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth are director - producer Andreas Kyriacou, and director - producerDavid Hands.
The Festival aims to internationally expand its reputation as a dynamic space for film screenings, production of ideasandnarratives from the continents surrounding Cyprus,offering a true chance for both international and domestic films to shine. It also aims to honor Cypriot directors, as it is through their own work that Cyprusbecomes more widely known abroad, establishing connections with international professionals and organisations. It is also the Festival's utter goal to promote Cyprus as a hub for film production anda spectacular location filled with an engaged audience.
The young generation of viewers and potential filmmakers is present at the Festival, through the constant development of workshops that promote critical thought and trigger creativity.
A full, detailed programme will soon be available on the Festival’s website at www.cyprusfilmdays.com and on its official facebook page.
-All films will be screened in their original language, and will be subtitled both in Greek and in English.
- €6 Day pass
- €25 Festival Pass (for all festival screenings)
- Free entrance for students upon display of student card and AmeA card holders
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