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17th Cyprus International Film Festival kicked off in Nicosia

17th Cyprus International Film Festival November 12-19, Nicosia


The Cyprus International Film Festival returns for the 17th consecutive year with screenings and parallel events in selected venues such as the Cine Studio in Nicosia the week of November 12-16.


The Festival collaborates with the Cyprus branch of the international organization "Women in Film  and Television" at the Cultural Center  of Palouriotissa's Old Market in Nicosia from November 17-18, with the presence of film professionals from many countries.


The prestigious Golden Aphrodite Awards ceremony will be held on the 19th of November at the Municipal Theatre of Strovolos in Nicosia.The presenters are Anna Irakleous and Marios Sarpetsas. The 17th Cyprus International Film Festival is under the auspices of the Municipality of Strovolos.


"Visions and Voices for Change" : This program consists of  a discussion panel and a photo exhibition  with photographers from both the free and Turkish occupied communities in Cyprus, in collaboration with the Cyprus Photographic Society, Nicosia Branch.


Τhe Organisation of European Programmes  and Cultural Relations will present various programs for funding and collaboration in the frame of Creative Europe and “CERV” - Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme structure.


Τhe Women in Film and Television - Cyprus will present the discussion panel “Visions and Voices for Change - Peace through the Seventh Art"  with Petra Terzi – President WIFTCY, filmmaker, producer- Greece/Cyprus, the  Indian race car driver, multiaward winner and influencer Ms Garima Avtar, Lia Beltrami (Women of Faith for Peace), filmmaker-Italy, Nuha Farran (Women of Faith for Peace), lawyer – Israel, Nadya Gorshkova – producer-Russia/Cyprus, Julia Vertova – filmmaker-Ukraine/Cyprus, Anna Tsiarta - producer-Cyprus, Mine Balman – filmmaker-Cyprus,  Saia Tsaousidou- President of the Association of European Journalists-Greece and Nikos Galanis – educator-Greece.


The CYIFF - Cyprus International Film Festival will honor the first Festival's Artistic Director, Phedon Papamichael, Production Designer on John Cassavetes' films and his son, Phedon Papamichael Jr, Oscar nominated Director of Photography and establishes the “Phedon Papamichael Technical Award” for Best Production Design and/or Cinematography in a film which participates in the Festival.


The Women in Film and Television - WIFT Cyprus will honor the actress Despina Mpempedeli with a Life Achievement Award and the late Maestro Lena Melanidou  of the Bicommunal Choir for Peace in Cyprus.



The Cyprus International Film Festival, in addition to the global artistic interest with applications from 40 countries from six continents, also offers a political benefit for Cyprus. The Cyprus International Film Festival  promotes a unified Cyprus to the international press where movies from all over the world are shown and distinguished. The official program of the Festival has 100 films of recent production.


The Festival promotes new talents and debut directors with their first short film in the category "CYIFF Got Talent" and with their first feature film in the category "Golden Aphrodite". All other feature and short films fall into the "Veteran" category. The Festival is a pioneer, since its foundation in 2006, with the screening of films by expatriate directors of Greek origin in the category "Nostimon Imar". The Festival gives a new opportunity to Greek and Cypriot directors for an international festival participation. The Festival  also presents films with a woman director and / or producer, for the "Aphrodite Cinematic Award", and films in the category: "50/50" with equal participation of men and women in credits. The films are stories about human rights, environment, peace, diversity, society and youth.



The 17th Cyprus International Film Festival will also present the following events:

  • The highlight of the Festival is the workshop “Pegasos Cinema Lab” which produces a short film during the festival to be screened at the Awards ceremony. The Indian producer Vivek Singhania will give a masterclass on this topic.
  • CYIFF Scriptwriting Workshop “Bridging the Second Act” - with the acclaimed script writer Scott Simpson
  • Pitching new projects by filmmakers and producers


This year's VIP jury consists of prominent personalities from the field of cinema with international distinctions, such as the Indian producer, Vivek Singhania, the American producers, George F. Roberson and Tiffany Boyle, the producer/actor, Valentin Nonyela (Casino Royale), the Danish director, Sofie Vibeke Muasya,   the director and journalist, Bejay Browne, and the screenwriter, Scott Simpson from New York. Among other stars and celebrities include: the actors, Smaragda Karydi, Maria Korinthiou, Yannis Aivazis, the Indian Garima Avtar; George Aggelopoulos – Danos, the winner from the 1st Survivor Greek season; and Saia Tsaousidou, the President of the Association European Journalists.


The Festival invites cinephiles from Nicosia and Cyprus to join the independent jury to see and distinguish films in various categories. Interested judges, volunteers as well as those who wish to participate in the screenwriting seminar and the workshop Pegasus CinemaLab  can contact 99798112 and


The Cyprus International Film Festival “Golden Aphrodite” holds the EFFE Label “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe”. The EFFE Label is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness.


This year we celebrate the arts by taking a turn to where tradition meets contemporary Art. The awards are ceramic sculptures due to the island’s rich history and tradition, created by the artists Leni Loizou and Michail Christofinis who are inspired by the original statuette of Golden Aphrodite. They are stoneware ceramic sculptures handmade, double fired and glazed at 1200 degrees Celsious, a time consuming process involving earth, water, fire and air to create a uniquely beautiful and organic result. The artists worked for two months to complete this process in collaboration with local artists and businesses.


The Cyprus International Film Festival, in support of the Karaiskakion Foundation, will provide for the entire festival a space for the voluntary sampling of bone marrow donors.


The Festival thanks the Municipalities of Strovolos and Nicosia, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism,  the National Mechanism for Women's Rights,  the Foundation Women in Film and Television-Cyprus, the Organization for European Programmes and Cultural Relations, Opap Cyprus, Ardgon Advertising  and the Embassy of Italy in Cyprus  for their cooperation. Communication sponsors are RIK, ALPHA Cyprus, ERT3, INSPIRE TV™ , and Cine @ Art magazine.







12/11-16/11 12:00-23:00 CINE STUDIO, Engomi, Nicosia


19/11 19:00-23:00  MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF STROVOLOS, Strovolos, Nicosia


Facebook: @cyprusfilmfest/

Twitter: @CyprusFilmFest 

Instagram: @cineart_cy

Highlights Video :

Golden Aphrodite: 

CYIFF 2022  




Since 2006, as part of the festival, there have been significant parallel cultural and educational events:


 Poster Exhibition of films of Krzyzstof Kieslowski on loan from Lotz Film Museum in Poland Russian Cultural Center (CYIFF 2008)

 Photographic Exhibition “Byzantine castles of Greece”, by Angelos & Vangelis Rassias, in transfer from the Benaki Museum in Greece, in Kastelliotissa (CYIFF 2006).

 Workshop “Special Effects” with Alahouzos Brothers in Hotel Amathus (CYIFF 2006).

 Workshop “Make up for the Cinema” with Alahouzos Brothers at Hotel Amathus (CYIFF 2006).

 Overview of the history of Greek Animation in cooperation with the Hellenic Audiovisual Institute, (CYIFF 2007).

 Tribute to Russian Cinema in collaboration with Cine Fantom Club, the oldest film club in Moscow, in Russian Cultural Centre (CYIFF 2008).

 Tribute to contemporary Polish cinema in cooperation with the Polish Film Institute (CYIFF 2010).

 Seminar «3D Animation» with Giotis Katsambas in the Russian Cultural Center (CYIFF 2008)

 Seminar “Getting started in writing screenplays” with Dr Andrew Horton, Director of Film Studies at the University of Oklahoma, U.S.A., and award-winning screenwriter (“The Dark Side of the Sun” with Brad Pitt) in Hotel Amathus (CYIFF 2006)

 Seminar / Workshop “Actor in front of the camera” with the award-winning actor and director Thanasi Sarantos, which produced a short film (CYIFF 2010)

 Seminar Masterclass with award winning Director of Photography Olympia Mytilineou (“Strella”, “Miss Violence” – CYIFF 2013)

 “CYIFF-Hollywood Scriptwriting Workshop” with the acclaimed U.S. writer and producer

Mitchell Peck (CYIFF 2014) and Jos Morin (CYIFF 2018)

 Photo Exhibition “Human Relationships” (CYIFF 2017)

 Photo Exhibition “Myths & Legends” (CYIFF 2018)

 Masterclass with the acclaimed actor Anthony Skordi (CYIFF 2017)

 Masterclass in film funding by the producer Carol d'Isle Bidault (CYIFF 2018)

 “Pegasos Cinema Lab” produces a short film during the festival to be screened at the Awards ceremony







They have served as members of the jury in 2006, several prominent artists and filmmakers such as the following:


 Papamichael Phaedon, production designer on films of John Cassavetes and Artistic Director of the Festival  2007-2008

Tony Srour, producer, director, Artistic Director of the Festival 2009-2010

 Papamichael Phaedon Jr, award-winning cinematographer, (L.A., USA) and advisor to the festival

 Dr Andrew Horton, Director of Film Studies at the University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.

 Stuart Alson, director of the New York Film & Video Festival (L.A., USA)

 Directors: Chris Eyre (“Sundance”, USA), Nick Koundouros, Alice Danezi-Knutsen, Archimedes Dennis Zervos (L.A., USA), Tony Srour, Nicolas Demetriou, Socrates Lambropoulos, Michael Georgiades, Christos Georgiou, Oliver Kyr (Germany), Hu Xiuyang (China), Wang Jingguang (China), Bejay Browne

 Kakkavas Alexander, President of Scriptwriters, Greece

 Stars: Q-Orianka Kilscher (“Pocahontas – New World”) (L.A., USA), Anna-Maria Marinca, Sofia Shinas (L.A., USA), Costas Demetriou, Helen Petropoulos, Alexandra Pavlides, Chloe Liaskou, Anna Synodinou, Anthony Skordi (L.A., USA)

 Film Producers: Gregory Cascante (L.A.,USA), Georges Stephanopoulos (N.Y.,USA), Vassos Giorgas (Greece), Vivek Singhania (India), George F. Roberson (USA), Mitchell Peck (USA), Carol d'Isle Bidault (USA), Victoria Greene (USA), Julie Holman (USA)

 Music Composers: Costas Cacoyannis, Dimitris Katis, Maro Theodorakis, Stavros Sideras

 Alexandros Romanos Lizardos, film critic (ERT)

 Olyna Xenopoulou, TV Presenter

 Olympia Mytilineou, Director of Photography (Strella, Miss Violence)

 Bill Butler, Director of Photography (Jaws, Rocky II,III, IV, Godfather etc)

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