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The CFD Awards Ceremony amidst a celebratory atmosphere

The films 78 DAYS by Emilija Gašić from Serbia and EMBRYO LARVA BUTTERFLY by Kyros Papavassiliou garnered the Best Film Awards of Cyprus Film Days in the International and National Competition sections respectively.

The festival wrapped up on Saturday 20 April at the Rialto Theatre, where the Audience Award, the international competition section awards and the Dot.on.the.Map Industry Days awards were announced and presented to the winners.

The curtain drew on the 22nd CFD with a screening of Adonis Florides’ AFRICA STAR, followed by the closing and awards ceremony, curated by Lia Haraki and presented by visual artist PASHIAS.

EMBRYO LARVA BUTTERFLY by Kyros Papavassiliou also received the Best Cypriot Director Award in the national competition section, while Cypriot actress Marina Makris received the Best Performance Award for her role in AFRICA STAR by Adonis Florides.

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A celebratory awards ceremony marks the end of Cyprus Film Days

The eagerly anticipated closing ceremony of the 22nd Cyprus Film Days International Festival caps a week filled with cinema, creative exchanges, and strong emotions. The ceremony will take place on Saturday 20 April at Rialto Theatre. 

This edition wraps up with the screening at 20:00 of the new film by acclaimed Cypriot director Adonis Florides, Africa Star. The film focuses on the lives of three generations of Cypriot women –mother, daughter, granddaughter– whose lives are tragically affected by the act of a man succumbing to temptation.

The screening will be followed by the closing ceremony, curated by Lia Haraki, along with the presentation of the festival’s highest honours. Music and sound design for the ceremony are by Yiannis Christofides with lighting design by Alexander Jotovic. Performance artist ...

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The eagerly anticipated festival kicks off with a bang, courtesy of Lia Haraki

The Cypriot interdisciplinary performance artist Lia Haraki is at the helm of the opening ceremony, as the Cyprus Film Days International Festival launches its 22nd edition. 

Together with a dream team of artists, Lia Haraki will immerse the audience into the festival’s spirit by exploring the process of independent creativity in a unique multimedia show.

The Deputy Minister of Culture, Vasiliki Kassianidou, will officially declare open the festival on Friday 12 April at 20:00 pm at the Rialto Theatre.

The opening ceremony will be followed by a screening of Embryo, Larva, Butterfly, the existential futuristic film by Cypriot director Kyros Papavassiliou, which had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and garnered the Audience Award both at Thessaloniki Film Festival and at the 36th Panorama of European Cinema in Athens.

As part of her opening ceremony performance, Lia Haraki will present a one-woman show she has directed, performed, and written herself. Alternating between the roles of singer and stand-up performer,...

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Dot.on.the.Map Ιndustry Days, the co-production, training and networking platform for film industry professionals of the 22nd Cyprus Film Days IF, will hold its 5th edition in Limassol, Cyprus (18 – 20 April, 2024). Τhe CFD IF is an institutional event of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Culture, organised by the Department of Contemporary Culture in collaboration with the Rialto Theatre. Cypriot producer – director Danae Stylianou is head of Dot.on.the.Map Ιndustry Days.

During the 3-day event, producers, directors and scriptwriters from the Mediterranean region, will have a unique opportunity to pitch their feature length fiction film projects to members of the international film industry, in Cyprus. Dot.on.the.Map Industry Days provides an excellent opportunity to network with industry professionals from across Europe, and the MENA region, and to explore co-production and distribution opportunities, discuss new projects in developmen...

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The International Jury for the 22nd edition of Cyprus Film Days 2024 is made up of five highly acclaimed, outstanding personalities of the film industry. 

This year’s Jury is presided over by Slovak film producer Katarina Tomkova, and includes Berlin-based Turkish Cypriot Director of Photography Emre Erkmen, French film critic Sandra Onana, Greek director and writer Asimina Proedrou and Berlin-based Palestinian filmmaker Juna Suleiman.

The members of the International Jury will be in Cyprus for the duration of the Festival and will select the winners in all categories among eleven films participating in the Glocal Images International Competition Section and in the Cypriot Films Competition Section. At the same time, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy selected work by the Jury members on the big screen. 

The list of winners will be announced on Saturday 20 April at Rialto Theatre during the Closing and Awards Ceremony.

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A varied and daring line-up of films grappling with the major social and artistic concerns of our times makes up this year’s edition of Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2024.

The 22nd edition brings its expectant audience a film programme that creates a meaningful dialogue with spectators while elevating the viewing experience into an opportunity for social awareness and quality entertainment in a spirit of open-mindedness.

Five of the best-crafted, most talked-about films that struck a chord with international audiences will be screened out-of-competition in the Viewfinder section – A close up of Contemporary World Cinema.

These are:

  • The last –by his own admission– film by the icon of political cinema, director Ken Loach, titled The Old Oak, about the last pub standing in a village of Northeastern England.
  • Tokyo-made, Cannes-win...
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22nd Cyprus Film Days International Festival

Ready to ride the wave of film magic? From 12 to 20 April, join Cyprus’ foremost filmic event and one of the most important initiatives on the island’s annual cultural calendar.

Exuding a profoundly international character, the 22nd Cyprus Film Days 2024 International Festival is gearing up to become, once again, the par excellence artistic exploration and entertainment platform for the island’s cinephiles expected to swarm in at Limassol’s Rialto Theatre and Nicosia’s Zena Palace. 

Festival organisers, the Department of Contemporary Culture of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Culture, and the Rialto Theatre, pledge to deliver a fascinating tour of the most interesting cinematic endeavours of our times, with highly anticipated premieres by acclaimed auteurs and well-chosen “gems” by promising directors. The audience will enjoy a cluster of socially sensitive and artistically subversive submissions of independent quality cinema from across the world and Cyprus.

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Workshops for professionals, cinephiles and children

The 22nd edition of Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2024 puts the accent on training through a fascinating lineup of parallel events. In addition to special screenings programmed in supplement to the three main sections, the festival steps up a gear with a series of workshops and masterclasses as follows: 



A custom programme of audiovisual literacy –and then some– has been put together for scriptwriters, producers and anyone with an interest in movement for film.

This edition’s training platform includes a hands-on workshop by experts on how to use Artificial Intelligence in developing film projects and a masterclass exploring aspects of storytelling through physical movement in film.

More specifically, on Saturday 13 April, betwee...

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