"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

Note: Selected films with Greek subtitles will have a live screening and are also eligible for VOD screenings with payment after the Festival for Cyprus Cable TV subscribers only.

Overall Rating
  • Balkan New Film Festival Stockholm

    Great Festival with great spirit, that suports women filmmakers and first feature film work. We had a great time during the Festival on Cyprus, with serious jury work! All congratulations and our support to CYIFF and Festival director Petra Terzi!

    January 2020
  • total, absolute lack of communication .

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Panos, We sent 6 general emails to our submissions email addresses since last August and more to individual inquiries. We will try to do our best to be more informative during the next edition of the Festival. Thank you once more for the great film!
    CYIFF 2019 team

  • Super Promo

    If there was a "Zero" rating they would have deserved it better! They sent us a "Finalist" official selection email for our submitted music video and while we were preparing to send a representative there during the festival, we noticed that they didn't list our "Finalist" selected music video in their festival on their website! When we contacted them asking about the matter, they told us that they changed their mind and our video didn't pass the official selection!!! That is sooo unprofessional and unacceptable and reflects back negatively on the festival and their crew... And they tried to refer us to Santa Clara's Festival instead, but that was not an obligation at all! Santa Clara festival wanted us to confirm reserving everything in 48 hours to go there or we loose position!!! Other than that, we replied clearly to you that we prefer going to Cyprus if we're winners and not to Santa Clara festival! It was NOT an obligation to go to Santa Clara, and you didn't respond back or object! It was so unprofessional and unacceptable to change your decision that way, and without even informing us at least!!! We wouldn't have known if we didn't contact you... That decision is not to be changed that way according to Filmfreeway Terms and Conditions... We're not misleading anyone, what you did was really unprofessional and unacceptable... PERIOD...

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    It is a pity you mislead the audience, after your email we received about Cyprus Festival screenings in Los Angeles with a Representative:
    Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2019 at 23:43
    Subject: Re: INVITATION to be with Cyprus International Film Festival at WFF, Santa Monica
    To: Cyprus Film Fest <cyiff2019@gmail.com>
    Hi, Ok, we surely want to send someone from our team to the festival if you can secretly after doing the results tell us if our artist is a winner or not... If he's a winner we intend to send someone to your festival to be present at least in the Awards Show night... 
    Best Regards,   Jimmy
    Our last email was the following:
    From: Cyprus Film Fest <cyiff2019@gmail.com>
    Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 at 09:24
    Subject: Re: INVITATION to be with Cyprus International Film Festival at WFF, Santa Monica
    To: Super Promo <superpromoteam@gmail.com>

    Your film didn't pass the official selection. We received so many wonderful films but due to the limited screening time we were forced to make some difficult decisions. Please don't be disappointed, your film will find its place in another festival, for sure.
    Best wishes
    CYIFF 2019

  • Great festival and good films:)

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Anton
    Keep up the good work :-)

  • 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