Cyprus Film Commission – Invest Cyprus Award
accompanied by the monetary prize of €1,000
«The jury was impressed by the filmmaker’s vision as expressed both in his pitch and conversation, as well as the previous work and what it demonstrates as to his ability to create a world full of emotions and meaning without using words relying instead on a striking cinematic language. The jury would also like to point out how remarkable it is to see the director and producer being in sync about the project they want to make, and the line of communication between them. The Cyprus Film Commission Invest Cyprus Award goes to the project When I Close my Eyes I see your Eyes to be directed by Sameh Alaa and produced by Mark Lotfy from Egypt.»
P.S. Movies and Stories Award
«The award goes to the project of a filmmaker whose courage to share her personal story penetrates the essence of the film she wants to make. The jury was captured by a different approach to the conflict that has affected so many lives on both sides of the border, and the willingness and ability to allow herself to empathise with both sides. The jury also commends the originality of the story and its emotional impact, and notes a young filmmaker with lots of potential to come. The PS movies and stories award goes to the project Checkpoints to be directed by Rita Borodiyanski and produced by Osnat Saraga from Israel.»
Best Debut Project Pitch
accompanied by the monetary prize of €500 offered by the Directors Guild of Cyprus to the director of a debut feature length fiction film project
«The award goes to a filmmaker who has the ability to confidently convey his vision of his story and convinced the jury of his ability to construct a relevant cinematic universe. The jury would also like to commend his decision to tell a delicate story using a lighter tone but never missing on the humanity of his characters, as well as the fact that he turned a personal experience into a story of much wider significance. The Best Debut Project Pitch Award goes to director Assaf Machnes for the project Available Now produced by Kobi Mizrahi from Israel.»
Agora Networking Award
offered by Thessaloniki International Film Festival (2 – 12 November 2023). The award includes accommodation & free market accreditation.
«The jury wishes to encourage and commend a project by a young filmmaker who is able to turn her observations of a rough reality into a original genre cinematic piece. We want to support the further development of the project and its foray into the European co production market and offer the chance for the project to be presented to a wider professional network. The producers who will receive the Agora Networking Award, are Rana Eid and Thomas Micoulet for the project Rabies, to be directed by Sandra Tabet from Lebanon.»
consulting services on the project’s financing and marketing strategies worth of €1,400, offered by Αsterisk* Films and Greek film producer & consultant Vicky Miha
«A project that is daring to deal with its country’s past in a bold metaphorical way. A project unconventional in its intention to talk about a war and the reconciliation that never really took place.
Finally, a filmmaker coming from a part of the world that has important stories to tell, but very few means for telling them. The Αsterisk* Αward goes to Rabies directed by Sandra Tabet and produced by Rana Eid and Thomas Micoulet, from Lebanon.»