Artistic directors

Our Mission

The Festival aims to broaden its appeal within the geographical boundaries of Cyprus, as well as to attract both industry professionals and audiences from abroad by becoming a cinematographic meeting point for the three continents surrounding the island.

The Festival aims at:

  • contributing to the development, promotion and mobility of the art of Filmmaking in Cyprus and the wider region;
  • screening the work of filmmakers from across the world and introducing their work to the audience of Cyprus;
  • serving as a hub for films originating from the three neighbouring continents of Cyprus.

Costas Constantinides

Dr Costas Constandinides is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Communications at the University of Nicosia. He holds a postgraduate degree and a doctorate degree from the University of Reading, UK (MA Film and Theatre Studies, 2003; PhD Film Studies, 2007) and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cyprus (BA in English Studies, 2002). He is the author of “From Film Adaptation to Post-celluloid Adaptation” (Continuum, 2010; Bloomsbury, 2012) and co-editor of “Cypriot Cinemas: Memory, Conflict and Identity in the Margins of Europe” (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is a member of the European Film Academy.

Tonia Mishiali

Tonia Mishiali is a Cypriot filmmaker who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. She is a member of the European Film Academy and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, Berlinale Talents alumna and one of the artistic directors of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, having also served as vice president of the Board of the Directors Guild of Cyprus. Her films have competed in more than 90 International Film Festivals, including the FIAPF Category ‘A’ Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Cairo and Stockholm, Sofia, Transylvania, Sydney, as well as Palm Springs, Seattle, Santa Barbara, Cleveland, Cork, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Leeds, Encounters, Glasgow, and won several awards for Best Director, Best Film as well as the FIPRESCI award for Best Film by the International Federation of Film Critics for her directorial feature debut Pause. Her films have participated in markets such as Connecting Cottbus, Mannheim Meeting Place, Karlovy Vary Works-in-Progress, Midpoint and Sources2 and have sales representation, having been sold to Japan, China, USA, Belgium, Russia, France, Greece and Cyprus. Pause is opening in theatres in the USA, Greece and Cyprus in 2019. She is now developing her second and third feature films Nala and Moonstruck, the latter of which won a special mention at the Scriptwriters Guild of Greece 2018 awards and was developed through Sources2 scriptwriting workshop with funding from the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth. She also produces and is now developing a European TV series through Midpoint Feature TV Launch programme and three feature films, supported by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. One of these films participated in the Mediterranean Film Institute scriptwriting workshop and EAVE Producers workshop and another won best script at the 2018 Screenwriters of Greece competition.

Marios Stylianou

Marios Stylianou was born in 1962 in the now-occupied city of Famagusta. Son of well-known photographer, Nicos Stylianou, Marios grew up in a photographic environment, inspired on a daily basis by the art of Photography. He studied Photography and Cinema in the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne/Western Germany and completed his studies with a thesis on the creation of TV commercials. In 1989, he established MS Viewpoint, a company specialising in the production of TV commercials. Since then, he continues to be widely present in the field, producing and directing famous and successful TV commercials for the Cypriot TV, broadcast both in Cyprus and abroad: in Greece, Lebanon, UAE, Russia, Malta, Germany and other European countries. Among these commercials, seven TV advertisements were selected for the final stage of the London International Advertising Awards, and three others were among the finalists of the ERMIS Awards in Greece. Throughout his career, he has produced TV commercials for the most important institutions and organisations in Cyprus, collaborated with various private companies and taught photography and video production in Europa College, Cyprus College and Intercollege. Since 2012, he has been giving lectures at the University of Nicosia in the Design and Multimedia Department, where he teaches Production of TV Commercials, as well as Digital Cinematography in the Communications Department of the same university.