Live film screenings, workshops, industry meetings and the Golden Aphrodite Awards Ceremony.

"The Best of the 1st!"
Cyprus International Film Festival's mission is to support the first shown filmmakers with their first short or feature film, to meet and exchange cultures for the further development of Cinematographic Art in Cyprus, to promote our historical and cultural heritage,to upgrade our tourism product and to internationally promote our alumni participants.

Cyprus International Film Festival (CYIFF) is holder of the EFFE label, Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals attributed for their work in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. It takes place annually with live screenings and parallel events on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus but also with various partnerships at Athens, Cannes, New York and Los Angeles.

Cyprus International Film Festival (CYIFF) is under the umbrella of Cultural International Festivals -a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers that embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision-. The main location of the event is Nicosia the capital of Cyprus. The festival celebrates once more the rising film stars and several artistic events will take place during the festival. A Table Read with chosen scripts is held during the festival.
You can express your interest and apply with your artistic proposal regarding the "Goddess Aphrodite" and "Peace" theme categories to ciffprogram@gmail.com

History: The festival was inaugurated on March 23, 2006 by the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture Mr Pefkios Georgiades and was held in three cities, Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia with the cooperation of K-Cineplex.

The Cyprus International Film Festival is the biggest of artistic high value independent cinema event of the whole region, spilling over Cyprus boundaries and spreading over the whole region with repercussions reaching worldwide. CYIFF is the first internationally oriented film festival which offers new and upcoming directors in multiple sectors of entertainment (such as feature films, short films, animations, music videos, dance, experimental films and video art) the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a jury of internationally acclaimed cinema experts, directors and actors. CYIFF has a competitive section.
Films produced the last 36 months, by emerging directors are selected for the screening program.
-Women filmmakers (director and/or producer) can submit their film to compete for the Aphrodite Cinematic Award. There is no restriction regarding the production year, the genre of the film in this specific category.
-"50/50" is a category with film credits 50% men and 50% women. -
-No restriction in genre.

Highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYLfPp0qorI

Awards & Prizes:

-Certificates, medals.
-All awarded filmmakers will get special discounts in renting facilities for their next film production in Cyprus.
-All selected films are eligible to participate to Bridges International Film Festival in Greece, as another opportunity for international recognition and awards.
-Optional distribution in a portal for VOD screenings of independent films and in TV and venues in Greece and Cyprus.

Rules & Terms:

Films produced the last 36 months are eligible to participate in the official selection.

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All genres.

Earlybird $25.00 USD

Regular $35.00 USD

Late $45.00 USD

Extended $55.00 USD

All genres are accepted.

Earlybird $65.00 USD

Regular $75.00 USD

Late $85.00 USD

Extended $95.00 USD

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