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.
Tonia is a Cypriot director, screenwriter and producer who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. She is 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 Board of the Directors Guild of Cyprus.
Her 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, Busan, Dresden, Sarajevo, Encounters, Drama, also winning several awards for Best Director and Best Film. It’s represented by SND Films (Amsterdam) and has been sold to Japan, China, USA, Belgium, Russia, France, Greece and Cyprus. Her directorial feature debut PAUSE (2018), a Cyprus/Greece co-production, represented by Film Republic (UK) participated in Connecting Cottbus and Mannheim Meeting Place co-production markets, as well as Karlovy Vary Works-in-Progress. It had its world premiere at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Festival and has been officially selected in more than 45 international film festivals, including Cairo, Leeds, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Glasgow, Sofia and Transilvania. The film was also selected in the EFP (European Film Promotion) programme “Europe! voices of women in film” at the Sydney Film Festival 2019, where ten films by Europe’s most outstanding women directors were presented. PAUSE received nine 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. It was released theatrically in the US, Greece and Cyprus in 2019.
She is now developing her second and third feature films NALA AND STELLA and MOONSTRUCK, the latter of which 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. 
As producer, she is now developing a TV series through the Midpoint TV Launch programme and two feature films which have received script development funding from the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. One has participated in the Mediterranean Film Institute scriptwriting workshop and EAVE Producers workshop 2018 and the other won best script at the 2018 Screenwriters of Greece competition.
FILMOGRAPHY (as writer/director/producer)
“Nala and Stella” | drama | (in development)
“Moonstruck” | drama/fantasy | (in development)
“Pause” (2018) | 96min | Cyprus/Greece | drama
“Lullaby of the Butterfly” (2014) | 20min | Cyprus | drama
“Dead End” (2013) | 15min | Cyprus | drama
FILMOGRAPHY (as producer)
“Life Unexpected” | mini TV series | written by Stelana Kliris | (in development)
“Iman” | feature | drama | dir. Kyriakos Tofarides & Corinna Avraamidou (in development)
"The Islander" | feature | romantic comedy | dir. Stelana Kliris (in development)
“Senior Citizen“ | feature | drama | dir. Marinos Kartikkis (in post-production)
“To the moon and back” (2018) | 10min. | dir. Stelana Kliris
“Magic beans” (2015) | 101min. | dir. Theodoros Panayides | comedy
“Family member” (2015) | 100min. | dir. Marinos Kartikkis | drama
“Aishe is going on vacation” (2013) | 20 min. | dir. Haris Therapis | drama
  • Producer (3 Credits)
    Pause2018
    Feature
    Lullaby of the butterfly2014
    Short
    DEAD END2013
    Short
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    Pause2018
    Feature
    Lullaby of the butterfly2014
    Short
    DEAD END2013
    Short
  • Director (3 Credits)
    Pause2018
    Feature
    Lullaby of the butterfly2014
    Short
    DEAD END2013
    Short
Official selection - Balkan Competition
Pause
Sofia International Film Festival
Sofia
2019
Emerging Filmmakers Best film Award
Pause
Hellas FilmBox
Berlin
2019
Main Competition / Best Film award by the Union of Film Critics of Greece
Pause
Panorama of European Cinema
Athens
2018
International section - Official Selection
Pause
Bergen International Film Festival
Bergen
2018
Main competition
Pause
Cairo International Film Festival
Cairo
2018
FIPRESCI award for Best film and ERT National Television award
Pause
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Thessaloniki
2018
Official selection (East of the West competition)
Pause
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary
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
Cinematic Achievement Award
DEAD END
Thessalloniki Intenational Short Film Festival
Thessalloniki, Greece
2013
Michael Cacoyiannis Directing Award & Best Sound design
DEAD END
The International Short film festival of Cyprus
Limassol, Cyprus
2013
Official selection (main competition)
Pause
International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Camera
Krakow
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
Best Feature film - 2nd prize
Pause
London Greek Film Festival
London
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, 1973
Birth City
Famagusta
Current City
Nicosia
Hometown
Nicosia
Height
168
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Cyprus
Eye Color
Green
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
Married To
My husband!
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.