The 16th Cyprus Film Days International Festival came to its closing last Saturday the 28th of April 2018, after ten days of films from all over the world, all Cyprus premieres, as well as cinema workshops, masterclasses, and music events.
The International Jury, consisting this year of renowned multi-awarded American filmmaker Abel Ferrara, multi-awarded filmmaker Elina Psykou, film critic Olivier Clinckart, renowed filmmaker Ralitza Petrova, and Cypriot director Petros Charalampous, was in charge of choosing the awards.
GLOCAL IMAGES INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION
BEST FILM AWARD & BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
For the Best Film and Best Director Awards, there is a tie between two films. These are accompanied by the combined amount of 7.000 euros, which will be divided.
For the humour, irony and surrealism in which the director approaches the story, characters and traditions, the Glocal Images Best Film and Best Director Awards go to I am not a Witch by Rungano Nyoni.
For its confident directorial vision and for portraying today’s Philippines with honesty and complexity, the Glocal Images Best Film and Best Director Awards go to Respeto by Alberto Monteras.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
For a debut film that introduces us to a promising and daring new filmmaker who describes with humour and irony the complexity of the artistic process, the Special Jury
Award accompanied by the amount of 3.000 euros goes to Too Much Info Clouding Over my Head by Vassilis Christofilakis.
1. For its strong cast and cinematography, the jury would like to give an honorary
distinction to the film More by Onur Saylak.
2. For the authentic performances of the cast, the jury would like to give an honorary distinction to the film Men Don’t Cry by Alen Drljevic.
3. For daring to tackle an important topic in the conservative society of Kosovo, the jury would like to give an honorary distinction to the film The Marriage by Blerta Zeqiri.
NATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION
BEST CYPRIOT FILM AWARD
For portraying the complex and multi-faceted society of Cyprus in a local humorous way the Best Cypriot Film Award accompanied by the amount of 4.000 euros, goes to Sunrise in Kimmeria by Simon Farmakas.
BEST CYPRIOT DIRECTOR AWARD
For depicting a difficult relationship between a father and a daughter against the backdrop of modern-day Athens, the Best Cypriot Director Award, accompanied by DCP Mastering – Deliverables – Subtitling services worth 3.500 euros, sponsored by Authorwave, goes to Christos Georgiou for his film Happy Birthday.
The jury would like to give an honorary distinction to Vladimiros Subotic for his cinematography in the film Chinatown: The Three Shelters by Aliki Danezi-Knutsen.
The Student Jury of the University of Nicosia also selects its best film for the Student Jury Award.
STUDENT JURY AWARD
The award of the Student Jury of the University of Nicosia was presented by the Festival’s Artistic Committee. The winner is the film I AM NOT A WITCH by Rungano Nyoni.
Cytavision presents the Audience Award, for which it is the official sponsor, as voted by the viewers.
CYTAVISION AUDIENCE AWARD
The Audience Award goes to the most voted film by audiences in Limassol and Nicosia. This year the award goes to Respeto by Treb Monteras. The award is accompanied by a €1000 price.
The Festival’s Artistic Committee, academic Dr. Costas Constandinides, filmmaker and producer Tonia Mishiali, and filmmaker and producer Marios Stylianou, expressed their gratitude towards the Festival’s organizers and sponsors for yet another successful year.
The Festival will meet again with all of its cinema fans on the spring of 2019, for its 17th edition.