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
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.
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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
  • My film An Untold Story of Paperboats was selected and screened but I could not attend festival. However my experience with festival organisers was excellent.

    February 2018
  • Jill Somer

    We were honored that our film was chosen!

    October 2017
  • Rúben Sevivas

    unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the festival. However, the communication was great and I was very pleased to be part of the oficial selection. Thank you so much!

    August 2017
  • dania bdeir

    communication was bad.
    They screen the films in a classroom. No one was at the screening. During the "q&a" the moderator (who's also the founder)'s phone rang and she actually answered it while we waited for her to hang up. Quality of the films was bad as well.
    Don't be fooled by the "top rated film festival on film freeway". Hardly any people review anyway so this is obviously not enough. Just wanted to warn others in case they spent their own money going there.
    Pafos is beautiful, the festival is very small

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Dear Dania,
    Thank you for sending your interesting short film to include it in our official program this year.
    It is a pity that you came only for your film screening and you were not able to meet, prior and after, many from the other participants and attend the events, Anthony Skordi masterclass and screenings in the outdoor Attikon cinema, the parties and the Golden Aphrodite Awards ceremony. We did our best to schedule the screening of your film in the Amphitheatre of Neapolis University in Pafos, according to your convenience.
    We wish you good luck with the upcoming feature film of yours!
    Best regards

  • Sukru Ozcevik

    Very nice festival in a very nice location, congratulations!

    July 2017