Welcome Address by the Mayor of Limassol

Dear fellow citizens,

During these first days of Spring, the Municipality of Limassol is delighted to welcome and support the 20th edition of Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2022, which is undoubtedly the most important film event of Cyprus, co-organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Rialto Theatre. The latter has been traditionally contributing to the cultural agenda of our city by hosting and organising a multitude of interesting events.

Cyprus Film Days IFF is a greatly significant festival, showcasing and promoting the independent local and world cinema, while also constituting a meeting hub for cinephiles and filmmakers alike. Cyprus Film Days IFF is an institutional event of great importance that enhances and supports Cypriot film productions, while being a creative platform for local artists who are film industry professionals, such as film directors, actors, screenwriters, composers and other related professions.

The films screened in this year’s edition promote Cinema as a form of Art and an excellent tool of intercultural dialogue. I would be remiss not to mention the truly inventive Dot.on.the.Map Industry Days, a newly established co-production, training and networking platform that aims at encouraging collaborations with producers, directors, screenwriters and experts in the international film industry.

An invaluable element of this celebratory edition is Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth that opens up new channels of communication, enabling young people to discover this form of Art via the local and international film productions, as well as via a diverse programme of workshops.

This year, the audience will have the chance to watch more than twenty fiction feature films, screened in their original dialogues with English and Greek subtitles.

The Municipality of Limassol actively and practically encourages the Festival, both by supporting the events held around Heroes’ Square and the neighbouring area, as well as by sponsoring the Best Actor/Actress Award in the Cypriot Films Competition Section.

I would like to wish every success to this year’s edition and extend my congratulations to the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Rialto Theatre for co-organising a truly invaluable cultural event that highly contributes to the development of Cinema.

Nicos Nicolaides