"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 one of the TOP 100 Best Reviewed Festivals among 5.500 film festivals worldwide according to FilmFreeway and 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

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.

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 Feature Films are eligible to participate for the “Golden Aphrodite Award”. The Festival will chose the final categorization.
• 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 Veterans 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
• Green Line in Peace - Films about PEACE and the last divided capital in the world, Nicosia
• Films shot with a Mobile

Overall Rating
  • Great festival and good films:)

    July 2018
  • Hakan Ünal

    First communication about the notification of my selection to the table read section was perfectly good. Later on, I was informed that my judging status changed to award winner which made me feel so happy however, I could not find any notification of my script being awarded neither on the festival site nor on the emails that I sent to the festival two times but no any respond received. I was expecting any clear response from the festival as I was one of the award winner of the sections. This is the reason for the comminication is so poor.

    July 2018
  • 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
    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!