In its dual nature, on the one hand an industry of escape from the daily problems faced by man and society, namely an escape into painless imaginary dreams; and on the other hand, a means to seek truth and catharsis from the oftentimes torturous human condition, the cinema is for many the utter form of art in this day and age.
Moviegoers have responded to this call in great numbers, eager to participate in events other than mere viewing, such as the people?s choice, and discussions with movie makers at the end of screenings. This is precisely how the festival?s role has evolved into an opportunity to ponder over the mission of cinema in our time.
The response of cinema goers, especially young people, to this cinematic celebration which works as a pole of attraction for substantial civilization, has been the motive the Ministry was waiting for in order to upgrade the institution.
This year, the film selections of the Festival?s artistic committee cover the entire width of world map, with an emphasis on the cinema of countries that surround Cyprus and promote filmmaking both as an art and a tool of intercultural dialogue.
Cinema?s diachronic influence attests its power but also its potential to communicate messages, promote values, expose and disparage problematic situations.
I wish the best of luck to the festival and extend my congratulations to the artistic committee, director Adonis Florides, academic Costas Constantinides and cinema theoretician and journalist Constantinos Sarkas, for the excellent lineup they have compiled for us this year. Finally, I wish to thank the Mayors of Nicosia and Limassol, Eleni Mavrou and Andreas Christou respectively, for their valuable support as well as the Rialto and its associates: without their contribution, this event would not have materialized. Last but not least, it would be an omission on my behalf not to thank the sponsors of ?Cyprus Film Days?; part of this presentation is owed to them.
Dr Andreas Demetriou
Minister of Education and Culture
Throughout its history cinema was and still is considered to be an art form; from the first years of its invention, cinema was also informing audiences on the existing trends and views in societies. Although a film might be a point of view on reality and not reality itself, the fact that it is inspired by human beings, makes it more accessible to us all.
It is, therefore, with great pleasure that we have seen during the past years that a series of events have emerged, which focus on cinema. The annual festival ‘Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival 2011’ which will be presented in Nicosia and Limassol in April with the support of the Municipality of Nicosia, is perhaps the most celebrated cinematic event, as the addition of the International Competition Section entitled Glocal Images and creates a new dynamic and a new interest.
‘Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival 2011’ presents filmmaking that is sincere and, often, bravely addresses social, political, and other issues that exist in contemporary societies. We are certain that cinephiles and new audiences will embrace the festival, as in previous years, and enjoy the magic of cinema.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome this year the 9th Film Festival ‘Cyprus Film Days – 2011’ which has been upgraded to an International competition festival.
The RIALTO Theatre’s initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture acquires a new dimension and has now entered an exciting new phase which brings Cypriot creators and audiences in contact with the international film production and specifically with creative fiction cinema.
The Municipality of Limassol wholeheartedly supports this effort being certain not only of its success but also of its contribution to the city’s and Cyprus’ cultural events.
The appreciation and interest with which the audience has held this event as well as the fact that it has a continuous presence for nine years, shows its importance and its role.
The Festival’s organizers – the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the RIALTO Theatre – deserve congratulations for this effort.