Tonia believes that filmmaking is a kind of self-therapy. Obsessed with cinema from an early age, she is now proud to call herself a starving but happy filmmaker.
I am a Cypriot filmmaker, a member of the European Film Academy and the European Women's Audiovisual Network, Berlinale Talents alumna and co-artistic director of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, having also served as vice president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus board.
My short films DEAD END (2013) and LULLABY OF THE BUTTERFLY (2014) competed in more than 60 international film festivals together, including Locarno, Palm Springs, Cork, Dresden, Sarajevo, Encounters, and won several awards for Best Director and Best Film. DEAD END is represented by SND Films (Amsterdam) and has been sold to Japan, China, USA, Belgium, Russia, France, Greece and Cyprus. My feature directorial debut PAUSE (2018), a Cyprus/Greece co-production, represented by Film Republic (UK), participated in Connecting Cottbus and Mannheim Meeting Place co-production markets in 2015 and in the Karlovy Vary Works-in- Progress in 2017. It has been officially selected in more than 80 international film festivals, including the FIAPF accredited 'A' list Karlovy Vary, Cairo, Stockholm, Sofia, Kitzbuhel, Sydney and Transilvania as well as Santa Barbara, Seattle and many more. The film was selected in the EFP "Europe! voices of women in film" section at the Sydney Film Festival 2019, where ten films by Europe's most outstanding women directors were presented. It received rave reviews internationally, including the Hollywood Reporter and LA times, and was listed by Rotten Tomatoes as one of "20 most daring films of 2019”. PAUSE has received 11 awards including the FIPRESCI Prize for Best film by the International Federation of Film Critics at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and it was also nominated for Best First-time Director and Best Actress at the Hellenic Film Academy Iris Awards 2019. Its screenplay is listed in the core collection of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since August 2019. It has been released theatrically in the US, Greece and Cyprus and is expected to be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Spring 2020.
I am now developing my second feature film, MAYA, which (in an earlier version) won a special mention at the Scriptwriters Guild of Greece 2018 awards and was developed through Sources2 scriptwriting workshop with funding from the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. I am also working on the script of another feature, NALA AND STELLA.
FILMOGRAPHY
“Maya” | feature | drama/fantasy | (in development)
“Nala and Stella” | feature | drama | (in development)
"I don't like the wind, I like the sun" | Cyprus | short documentary | (in post-production) “Pause” (2018) | 96min | Cyprus/Greece | drama
“Lullaby of the Butterfly” (2014) | 20min | Cyprus | drama
“Dead End” (2013) | 15min | Cyprus | drama
  • Producer (4 Credits)
    I don’t like the wind, I like the sun2020
    Documentary, Short
    Pause2018
    Feature
    Lullaby of the butterfly2014
    Short
    DEAD END2013
    Short
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    I don’t like the wind, I like the sun2020
    Documentary, Short
    Pause2018
    Feature
    Lullaby of the butterfly2014
    Short
    DEAD END2013
    Short
  • Director (4 Credits)
    I don’t like the wind, I like the sun2020
    Documentary, Short
    Pause2018
    Feature
    Lullaby of the butterfly2014
    Short
    DEAD END2013
    Short
Emerging Filmmakers Best film Award
Pause
Hellas FilmBox
Berlin
2019
BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Pause
UNDO Divergent Film Awards
Boston
2019
Official selection - Balkan Competition
Pause
Sofia International Film Festival
Sofia
2019
International section - Official Selection
Pause
Bergen International Film Festival
Bergen
2018
Main competition
Pause
Cairo International Film Festival
Cairo
2018
Main Competition / Best Film award by the Union of Film Critics of Greece
Pause
Panorama of European Cinema
Athens
2018
Official selection (East of the West competition)
Pause
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary
2018
FIPRESCI award for Best film and ERT National Television award
Pause
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Thessaloniki
2018
Official selection (main competition)
Pause
Leeds International Film Festival
Leeds
2018
Official selection (main competition)
Pause
Stockholm International Film Festival
Stockholm
2018
Best Film Award, Best Cinematography Award (National Competition)
Lullaby of the butterfly
The International short film festival of Cyprus
Limassol
2014
Italian Premiere
DEAD END
Rome Independent Film Festival
Rome, Italy
2014
Silver Dionysos
DEAD END
Short Film Festival in Drama
Drama, Greece
2013
Nomination for Golden Pardino
DEAD END
Locarno Film Festival
Locarno, Switzerland
2013
Best Director
DEAD END
Athens international Film Festival 'Opening Nights'
Athens, Greece
2013
Michael Cacoyiannis Directing Award & Best Sound design
DEAD END
The International Short film festival of Cyprus
Limassol, Cyprus
2013
Cinematic Achievement Award
DEAD END
Thessalloniki Intenational Short Film Festival
Thessalloniki, Greece
2013
Official selection (main competition)
Pause
International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Camera
Krakow
Best Feature film - 2nd prize
Pause
London Greek Film Festival
London
Best Fiction Feature Award
Pause
Los Angeles Greek film festival
Los Angeles
Best Feature film Award and Best Actress Awards
Pause
SEE film festival
Berlin
Best Fiction Feature
Pause
Beirut International Woman’s film Festival
Beirut
Special Mention EYE on TIFF
Pause
Tirana International Film Festival
Tirana
College
University of Bedfordshire
BA (HONS) Media Arts
19941997
College
Oxford Brookes University
DipHe Hotel and Catering Management
19911994
High School
The English School, Nicosia, Cyprus
19841991
Birth Date
June 12
Birth City
Famagusta
Current City
Nicosia
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Cyprus
Eye Color
Green
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
Children
One
Tonia believes that filmmaking is a kind of self-therapy. Obsessed with cinema from an early age, she is now proud to call herself a starving but happy filmmaker.