21 - 29 April 2023


Workshops for children and youth 2022

The Festival is organising a series of workshops led by film professionals, addressed to children aged 9-13 and teenagers aged 14-19.

#1 THE BIGGEST PICTURE – For children aged 9-13

Participants will have a unique opportunity to discover the new technology of immersive reality and 360° cinematography by shooting their own film in groups. Children can be part of this fascinating new world just by using the tools and devices they already dispose of at home.
A hands-on introduction to immersive reality/technology and 360° cinematography.

Led by: Alexandros Andreou
Alexandros Andreou is the CEO of Silversky 3D Virtual Reality Technologies Ltd. He has earned his MSc in Business Administration from the Open University of Cyprus. He previously obtained a degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus. He is an expert in a variety of design software and platforms including Unity, Unreal, 3Ds max, Substance and Photoshop. He has over 7 years’ experience in managing app development teams for a breadth of sectors including Architecture & Design, Education, Sports, Shipping, Military, Advertising and Psychology, as well as for a wide spectrum of endpoints including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), mobile apps and platforms.

SAT 16/04, 10:00 – 14:00,  CYENS Centre of Excellence,  Nicosia

In Greek

#2 THE ADVENTURES OF AN ACTRESS – For teens aged 14-19

Acclaimed and experienced actress Daphne Alexander analyses the acting method that enables her to play roles with entirely different views and experiences from her own, explaining how this can become a useful skill in daily life. How does acting help me understand myself, the world I live in and the people I share it with? An improvisational workshop on empathy.

Led by: Daphne Alexander
Daphne Alexander was born in Cyprus and trained at Oxford University and LAMDA. She was cast as regular character Nadia Talianos on BBC’s Casualty (2006-8). Other TV and film productions include: House of Saddam (HBO/BBC), The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (BBC), Polanski’s film The Ghost Writer, Beckett with Luca Guadagnino’s Frenesy Film and The Fourth Kind with Universal Pictures. She played the lead female role in the award-winning short film The Palace by Anthony Maras, and the lead female role in the Cypriot feature film Siege on Liperti Street by Stavros Pamballis, which won five awards at Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Recently, she has played Katina Horton in critically acclaimed Smyrna my Beloved, and stars in upcoming dark comedy thriller Minore. Stage highlights include City Stories at 59E59 in NYC and Hidden in the Sand at London’s Trafalgar Studios. Voice highlights include her portrayal of iconic heroine Modesty Blaise for BBC radio 4.

SAT 09/04, 10:00 – 13:00, Directors’ Guild of Cyprus, Nicosia

In Greek

#3 90° A filmmaking workshop with handheld devices. For teens aged 14-19

We see the world through our phones, becoming passive consumers of information. Even when we express ourselves, through selfies, memes and tiktoks, we are still being restricted by the rules of social media. But no rule is more restrictive than the vertical frame of the screen. What happens when we turn the phone by 90°? We instantly get a video camera, as well as a brand new way of seeing and communicating with the world.

Led by: Athena Xenidou
Athena Xenidou is a director, producer and screenwriter in film and theatre. Athena has been a Jury Member for the International Emmy Awards since 2001 and was selected to represent Cypriot filmmakers at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. She is currently serving as the treasurer of the Symphonic Orchestra and a member of the board of the Director’s Guild of Cyprus. Athena began her studies in Music, Theatre and English Literature at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. She then went on to receive a BA in Film at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Nicosia. Her directorial debut was the awarded short film The Made Guy in 1997 in Los Angeles. In 2020, together with Sophia Tsangaridou, she directed and produced two short films; Saving Joy and Insidious. Her first feature film documentary, Unwitnessed Memories (2001) received multiple awards at international film festivals. Athena worked as a director on Greek reality shows Survivor 1 and 2, The Farm and Celebrity Farm and directed episodes for TV series Roua Mat, The Secret Well and Things You Don’t Know. In 2020, together with her brother Stavros Xenides, she directed and produced Saving the World by Monika, in collaboration with Simos Sarketzis and Yorgos Mavropsaridis. In 2021, she directed Sing for Seafarers, a global campaign for the Ince (an international law firm), raising awareness for the 400,000 stranded seafarers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Athena chooses to enrich her skills as an educator at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she attends their yearly workshops. Passionate for teaching, she founded The Film and Stage Studio in 2008.

SUN 10/04, 10:00 – 15:00, Directors’ Guild of Cyprus, Nicosia

In Greek

#4 WELCOME TO THE LOOP – For children aged 9-13

During this workshop, young participants will have the opportunity to draw an object or animal that expresses their feelings or concerns, and will get the chance to discover the art of animation by making hand-drawn, animated 5-second loops. Α hands-on workshop on hand-drawn animation in collaboration with Animafest.

Led by: Yiorgos Tsangaris
Yiorgos Tsangaris is a graphic artist, film curator and lecturer of Animation and Printmaking at the University of Nicosia. He is the Director of Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum and the founder and artistic director of Animafest Cyprus, the official International Animation Film Festival of Cyprus and one of the island’s oldest film festivals (2002). Since 1999, he has been a prominent member of the film and graphic arts community in Cyprus, with an important contribution in the development of graphic arts, independent animation and the promotion of local filmmakers in the area of animation internationally. He was invited to participate in many international jury committees at international festivals around the world and his creative work has received multiple awards in Cyprus and Internationally. Ηis debut film Rites of Spring (2021) was selected to screen at some of the most prestigious film festivals across the world.

SUN 10/04, 10:00 – 15:00, Hambis Printmaking Museum, Nicosia

In Greek


More information about the application and the screening schedule of the films https://www.cyprusfilmdays.com on the Festival’s Facebook page (facebook.com/CFDchildren) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/cyprusfilmdaysyouth ), at 70008242 or at Cyprusfilmdaysyouth@gmail.com