April 12 – 20, 2024


Glocal & National Section 2018

The Festival opens on the 19th April and concludes on the 28th of the same month, 2018, at Rialto Theatre, in Limassol and at Zena Palace Cinema, in Nicosia.

This year’s selection of films participating in the competition section called “Glocal Images” highlights the sensibilities of the local, and stresses the importance of film art as a means of expression and conversation between cultures. Viewers will have the opportunity to discover the work of promising new talent and celebrate the work of established filmmakers.

The Festival is also proud to announce that three Cypriot productions will participate in this year’s edition. These films were created with the participation of the Cyprus Cinema Advisory Committee and were funded through the Funding Programs Regulation for the Support of Cinematographic Films by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The films that are competing in this year’s “Glocal Images” section are:

Disappearance (Napadid Shodan)

Ali Asgari
88′, 2017, Iran / Qatar

In the course of one cold night in Teheran, two young lovers go from hospital to hospital in search of help. Soon they will have to face the tragic consequences of their youthful innocence.

The Forest (Les)

Roman Zhigalov
97’, 2017, Russia

Danila is sixteen. Katya is twice his age. He spends hours watching her out of the corner of his eye from an old shed on the edge of the forest.

Happy Birthday– The film is also competing for Best Cypriot Director

Christos Georgiou
87’, 2017, Greece / Cyprus / France / Germany

When George exits the police riot bus and sees his daughter among the demonstrators facing him, he and his wife decide that father and daughter should go to their country home for a few days, to keep her safe and see if they can salvage their relationship.

The marriage (Martesa)

Blerta Zeqiri
97’, 2017, Kosovo / Albania

Anita and Bekim are getting married, but she is unaware that he is still in love with his best friend Nol.


Treb Monteraw II
80’, 2017, Philippines

Hendrix dreams of hip-hop greatness, but he is spiralling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc, an old poet still haunted by his martial law past.

More (Daha)

Onur Saylak
115’, 2017, Turkey

Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees to Europe, giving them temporary shelter and scant food until they attempt their crossing.


Anahí Berneri
82’, 2017, Argentina

A young Buenos Aires mother finds employment as a sex worker and struggles to live under the same laws that are supposed to protect her.

Too much info clouding over my head

Vassilis Christofilakis
95’, 2017, Greece

The life of an overanxious young director searching for success is further complicated when he is forced to raise money for a movie screenplay he detests.

I am not a witch

Rungano Nyoni
93’, 2017, UK/ France

After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat.

Men don’t cry (Muskarci ne placu)

Alen Drljevic
100’, 2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Slovenia / Croatia/ Germany

Less than two decades after the war ended in Yugoslavia. When a diverse group of veterans gathers at a remote mountain hotel to undergo days of therapy, it is hard to expect absolute harmony.

The films that will be competing in the Cypriot Films Competition Section are:

Sunrise in Kimmeria – The film also participates in the International Competition Section

Simon Farmakas
119’, 2018, Cyprus

A mild-mannered young villager gets caught in tragicomic circumstances when a strange sphere, tracked by a foreign intelligence agency, crash-lands into his potato field.


Longinos Panagi
85’, 2017, Cyprus/ UK

A film about a boy, a girl, a shepherd, a photographer, a diplomat, an actress. A film about Marlon Brando, Shakespeare, dry flowers and the sea.

Chinatown – The Three Shelters

Aliki Danezi-Knutsen
91’, 2018, Cyprus

Cleo, a Greek-Chinese girl, brought up with love and light in the hills of Cyprus, finds out on her 18th birthday, that her long deceased father was murdered by the Chinese mafia