Cyprus International Film Festival (CYIFF) takes place annually, under the umbrella of Cultural International Festivals -a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers that embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision-, in cooperation with CINE@ART FESTIVALS network, on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The main location of the event is Pafos the birthplace of Goddess Aphrodite. In 2018, the festival celebrates the rising film stars and several artistic events will take place during the festival. You can express your interest and apply with your artistic proposal regarding the "Goddess Aphrodite" and "Peace" theme categories to cyiff2018@gmail.com
A Table Read with chosen scripts will be held during the festival.
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.
In 2012, the event was hosted in K-Cineplex in Pafos and the following years in Neapolis Amphitheatre in Pafos.
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. CΥIFF 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 or the duration of the film in this specific category.
-"50/50" is a category with film credits 50% men and 50% women. No restriction in genre, length or production year.
Highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYLfPp0qorI

All awarded filmmakers will get special discounts in renting facilities for their next film production in Cyprus.

The festival is dedicated exclusively to the emerging independent filmmakers who are going to present the screening of their film. We try to accommodate as many films as we can. Live film screenings are scheduled with priority to the filmmakers who attend the festival. With the competition section of first feature films in the category "Golden Aphrodite" and first short films in the category “CYIFF Got Talent", the festival's motto is the following: “The Best of the First!”.

• Only First, Second and Third Feature Films are eligible to participate for the “Golden Aphrodite Award”.
• All other feature films are eligible for the “CYPress Veteran`s Award”.
• Only First Short films are eligible to participate for the “CYIFF GOT TALENT Award”.
• All other short films are eligible for the "CYIFF Short Films Awards".

CYIFF General Categories:
• Feature Films (up to 120 minutes) – all genres (including animation and documentaries produced the last 36 months)
• Short Films (up to 20 minutes) – all genres (including animation and documentaries produced the last 36 months)
• "Women films" are eligible for the Aphrodite Cinematic Award. Films with a female director and/or producer (no restriction in production year, genre or duration).
• "50/50" Films with 50% men and 50% women in credits
• Films about PEACE

Overall Rating
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  • athena mandis

    A very welcoming festival where every filmmaker was made to film valued. An excellent selection of films. Petra made everyone film at home. Met some wonderful people. I was delighted to have won best feature screenplay.

    July 2018
  • Kirby Wright

    Excellent Festival for submitting Photographs! Thanks so much

    July 2018
  • Viktor Gasic

    We really enjoyed the time on Cyprus! It is not a festival with a red carpet but a festival for filmmakers where you can exchange ideas not only cinematically but also philosophically. The festival team was very involved and the films were really well chosen so that the great quality of films and a loving festival team make the Cyprus International Film Festival a cinematic-platonic feast :-) We met a lot of nice and talented people with whom we will stay in contact.
    But Cyprus also has more to offer, it is a beautiful stress-free island with loving people and a great culture. Nature, full of ancient wisdom and secrets, make Cyprus International Film Festival a special experience. Thank you for the wonderful time!

    Viktor & Stefanie

    July 2018
    Cyiff
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Viktor & Stefanie for the wonderful film "The Forest". To have you in the festival in person was magnifiscent! Please stay steady to your values and keep up the wood work!
    Petra and the CYIFF Dream Team!

  • Almost a classic. No, erase the 'almost'. I know Petra Terzi for many years, and her heart beats film. Unstoppable, that woman and what an energy she drives into this festival!!

    July 2018
    Cyiff
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Oliver for sharing your masterpiece with Cyprus International Film Festival. We wish to have you with us in the next festival in Cyprus or Greece.

  • Good learning experience especially for young filmmaker like me. thrilled to get officially selected and have the opportunity to participate and learn. A professionally run film festival. Would like to participate again. Thanks for the organizing team.

    July 2018