Cyprus Film Days IFF is the official competition feature fiction film festival of the island of Cyprus and it proudly holds the EFFE Festival label. It is co-organised by the Ministry of Education & Culture and Rialto Theatre. It consists of two main programmes: the International Competition section -Glocal Images- and the non-competitive section -Viewfinder-, which comprises films that have been screened and awarded at major festivals over the past year. The Festival also includes a National Competition Section, exclusively showcasing Cypriot productions. Special tributes, parallel screenings, master classes, workshops and musical events, complete the program of the official International Film Festival of Cyprus. All the films screened at the Festival are Cyprus premieres.
Cyprus Film Days also incorporates a special section with films for young audiences. The Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth, which is co-organised in collaboration with the International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus, includes screenings of international awarded films for young audiences as well as short films produced by children in Cyprus and Greece.

A three-member Artistic Committee is responsible for the selection of films within the programme, while a Jury made up of five internationally recognised professionals, awards films accordingly.

All films are presented in their original language with Greek and English subtitles. The Festival takes place at Rialto Theatre, in Limassol and Zena Palace Cinema, in Nicosia.

GLOCAL IMAGES – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION

Glocal Images – Best Film Award accompanied by the amount of €6,000
Glocal Images – Special Jury Award accompanied by the amount of €3,000
Glocal Images Best Director Award accompanied by the amount of €1,000

NATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION

– Best Cypriot Film Award: This award is accompanied by the amount of €4,000

– Best Actor / Actress Award: The award is accompanied by the amount of €500 and is offered by Limassol Municipality.

Α. GENERAL INFORMATION
Α1. “Cyprus Film Days” International Festival is the official
international film festival of Cyprus. It is co-organised by the
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth of the Republic
of Cyprus and the Rialto Theatre.
The selection of films and the programming of screenings and
parallel events are undertaken by a three-member Artistic
Committee, appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture
and the Rialto Theatre.
Α2. The Festival aims at:
- contributing to the development, promotion and mobility of the
art of Filmmaking in Cyprus and the wider region;
- screening the work of filmmakers from across the world and
introducing their work to the audience of Cyprus;
- serving as a hub for films originating from the three
neighbouring continents of Cyprus.
Α3. The Festival is annual and takes place in both Limassol and
Nicosia. The 19th edition, is followed by the 20th edition in 2022,
which will take place from the 8th to 16th of April 2022.
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Α4. For 2022, the Festival includes the following sections:
- Glocal Images – International Competition Section: this
competition section includes fiction feature films. The Artistic
Committee selects international and national films giving emphasis
on films originating from the neighbouring continents of Cyprus,
which promote cinema as an art form and a tool for intercultural
dialogue. Moreover, Glocal Images seeks to attract films
highlighting the diverse “colours” of local filmmaking in their country
of origin and drawing on themes and styles of contemporary
international filmmaking. Each film participating in this section is
screened once in Limassol and once in Nicosia.
- Viewfinder – A Close-up of Contemporary International
Cinema: this section includes fiction feature films that have
received awards and distinctions at major international film festivals
during the festival year. They are selected and invited by the Artistic
Committee based on criteria set by the Committee. The main
objective of this programme is to showcase to the audience of
Cyprus a selection of films from important festival centres.
- Parallel Programmes: these include special screenings,
thematic sections and tributes to the work of renowned filmmakers
from across the globe.
- Parallel Events: these include workshops and
masterclasses for film professionals.
Β. REGULATIONS OF PARTICIPATION IN “GLOCAL IMAGES –
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION”
Β1. All films participating in “Glocal Images – International Competition
Section” are selected and invited by the Artistic Committee of the
Festival.
B2. The number of films selected is determined by the Artistic
Committee according to the needs of the programming.
B3. Selection Criteria
All films participating in “Glocal Images – International Competition
Section” must:
a) be fiction feature films;
b) be screened in Cyprus for the first time;
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c) be produced in 2020 and 2021
d)be available in either one of the following formats: Digital
Cinema Package (DCP) or 35 mm print. No other format shall be
acceptable;
e) have a running time of at least 60 minutes.
Β4. Procedure
Entry forms for all films applying to this section should be submitted
via www.filmfreeway.com. Films must be submitted with secure
online screeners and remain available to be viewed until the end of
February 2022. All films must be subtitled in English.
- The entry fee for each submitted film is €20 (twenty) euros.
Β5. Conditions
Films selected for screening at the “Glocal Images – International
Competition Section” must be in their original version with English
subtitles on print.
The Festival undertakes the translation and preparation of
electronic subtitles in Greek. Therefore, a dialogue list in English
must be submitted for translation purposes within ten days from the
selection of a film. Any other arrangement in relation to the
subtitling of the film must be made in consultation with the Festival.
Any other informative material regarding the film such as posters,
photographs, press kit, trailers etc. must be sent together with the
dialogue list in English.
Β6. The Jury
The Artistic Committee of the Festival appoints a five-member Jury
consisting of personalities from the international film industry, who
decide the awards.
The Artistic Committee of the Festival also appoints the president of
the Jury. The decisions of the Jury are made by simple majority.
Persons related professionally, financially or in any other relation or
involved in the films participating in this section cannot be members
of the Jury.
Β7. The Jury awards the following prizes:
- Best Film Award: this Award is accompanied by the amount of
€6,000 (six thousand euros), which is paid in half (ex aequo) to the
Producer (€3,000 euros) and the Director of the film (€3,000 euros).
- Special Jury Award: this award is accompanied by the amount of
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€3,000 (euros), which is paid in half (ex aequo) to the Producer
(€1,500 euros) and the Director of the film (€1,500 euros).
- Best Director Award: this award, which is paid to the Director of
the film, is accompanied by the amount of €1,000 (euros).
- The Jury may also give up to three Honorary Distinctions. These
distinctions are not accompanied by a monetary prize.
- Each prize is awarded to one film only.
- Monetary prizes may be sponsored by other organisations.
- The payment of the monetary prize accompanying the award is
made in euros.
Β8. The deadline for the submission of entry forms to the “Glocal
Images – International Competition Section” is the 20th of
December 2021. Applicants shall be informed about their selection
by the 15th of January 2022. The prints of the selected films shall
be returned within two (2) weeks after the end of the Festival
screenings (16th of April 2022).
Β9. During the Festival days, no public screening of a film
participating in this section is permitted in Cyprus.
B10. The Festival reserves the right for an extra screening in
Cyprus for each of the three awarded films. The additional
screenings will take place at a location chosen by the Festival
and within a timeframe that does not exceed the period of 7
days after the end of the Festival.
B11. The sender bears the shipping cost and postage insurance for the
print of the film participating in the International Competition
Section. The Festival bears the cost for returning the print to the
sender. Standard procedures are followed when the print is sent by
or sent to another festival. The Festival bears any cost related to
the insurance of a print of a film against damage or loss for the
period after it has been received by the Festival until the time it is
delivered to the post office or courier (transport agent) for return or
given directly to a representative of the film. Any damage to the
print of a film must be reported in writing within one week from its
receipt and before its next screening. Any claims will be dealt with
on the basis of the relevant report of the complainant. In case of
loss or complete damage of the visual material, the Festival only
bears the cost of its replacement.
B12. The organizers of the Festival reserve the right to decide upon any
subject or issue that is not mentioned in these Rules and
Regulations of the “Glocal Images” Competition Section of Cyprus
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Film Days International Festival 2022, where applicable.
B13. The Festival may cover part of the travel and accommodation
expenses of the director or any other member of the cast and crew
of the selected films. The amount of the covered expenses may
vary according to the number of the interested parties, the country
of origin, the ticket price and the duration of accommodation.
B14. Participating in the “Glocal Images” Competition Section of the
Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2022 implies that the
applicant has read and fully accepted these rules and regulations.
C. REGULATIONS OF PARTICIPATION IN “VIEWFINDER – A CLOSE-UP OF
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA”
C1. There is no procedure for film submission in this section. All films
participating in this section are selected and invited directly by the
Artistic Committee of the Festival. Each film in this section is
screened once in Limassol and once in Nicosia.
C2. A film participating in this section must:
a) be a fiction feature film;
b) be screened for the first time in Cyprus;
c) be produced in 2020 and 2021
d) have a running time of at least 60 minutes.
Exceptions in relation to the above may be made at the discretion
of the Artistic Committee.
C3. Any matters related to the participation of a film in this section such
as postage, screening, subtitling etc. shall be arranged in direct
consultation between the Festival and the holder of the film rights.
C4. During the Festival, no public screening in Cyprus of a film
participating in this section is permitted.
C5. The organizers of the Festival reserve the right to decide upon any
subject or issue that is not mentioned in the rules and regulations of
the “Viewfinder - A Close-Up of Contemporary World Cinema”
Section of Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2022.
C6. Participating in the “Viewfinder - A Close-Up of Contemporary
World Cinema” Section of Cyprus Film Days International Festival
2022 implies that the applicant has read and fully accepted these
Rules and Regulations.
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D. PARTICIPATION OF CYPRIOT FILMS
D1. The participation of Cypriot films in the Festival’s sections is subject
to the rules and regulations of the Festival as described above.
D2. The Artistic Committee may, in addition to the two official sections
of the Festival, introduce a National Competition Section for Cypriot
films. The minimum number of films required in this section is three
(3).
D3. Cypriot Films participating in the National Competition Section must
meet the six following criteria:
a) they must be directed by a filmmaker who is a Cypriot
Citizen. Films directed by Cypriot filmmakers that are not
Cypriot productions or co-productions are only eligible for
the Best Cypriot Director Award;
b) they must be Cypriot productions or co-productions with
Cyprus being the main production country. If Cyprus
features as a secondary co-producing country, the final
decision regarding its eligibility for the Best Cypriot Film
Award remains at the discretion of the Festival’s Artistic
Committee. This decision depends on the extent of the
Cypriot creative contribution, the frequency of use of one
of the official languages of the Republic of Cyprus and the
use of filming locations in Cyprus;
c) be produced in 2020 and 2021
d) they must be screened in Cyprus for the first time;
e) they must be available in either one of the following
formats: Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or 35 mm print.
No other format is acceptable;
f) they must have a running time of at least 60 minutes.
D4. Procedure
See B4.
D5. Conditions
Films selected for screening in the National Competition Section
are also subject to the conditions outlined in B5.
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D6. The Jury
The Jury that decides for the awards of the films participating in the
National Competition Section is the same five-member international
jury, appointed by the Artistic Committee of the Festival that
decides for the Glocal Images International Competition Section
awards. See B6.
D7. The Jury awards the following prizes:
- Best Cypriot Film Award: this award is accompanied by the
amount of €4,000 (euros), which is paid in half (ex aequo) to the
Producer (€2,000 euros) and the Director of the film (€2,000 euros).
- Best Actor/Actress Award (National Competition Section):
This award is accompanied by the amount of €500 and is offered
by Limassol Municipality.
Cypriot Films participating in the Glocal Images International
Competition Section automatically participate in the National
Competition Section (where applicable in accordance with these
regulations), namely for the Best Cypriot Film, Best Cypriot Director
and Best Actor/Actress Awards. Cypriot Directors whose films
participate in the Glocal Images International Competition section
but are not Cypriot productions according to the Festival’s criteria
(see D.3) are only eligible for the Best Cypriot Director Award.
- Each prize is awarded to one film only.
- Some of the monetary prizes may be sponsored by other
organisations.
- The monetary prizes are paid in euros.
D8. The participation of Cypriot films in the National Competition Section is
subject to the rules and regulations of the Festival as described in B8-
B13.
D9. Since one of the Festival’s objectives is to promote and screen local
films, Cypriot fiction feature films that have been previously screened
in theatres or other festivals in Cyprus, may be showcased as part of
out of competition special screenings. Τhe selection of these films shall
be made by the Artistic Committee.
Any Cypriot films showcased as special screenings - out of
competition are subject to the following terms:
a) they must be Cypriot productions or co-productions with Cyprus
being the main production country;
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b) be produced in 2020 and 2021
c) they should be screened at the Festival for the first time;
d) they must be available in either one of the following formats:
Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or 35 mm print. No other format
is acceptable;
e) they must have a running time of at least 60 minutes.
Ε. AUDIENCE AWARD
Ε1. Films participating in the two official competition sections, the “Glocal
Images – International Competition Section” and the National
Competition Section (where applicable), are automatically eligible for
the audience award.
Films participating as special screenings may also be eligible for the
Audience Award provided that they have not been commercially
screened in Cyprus and that they were produced in 2020 and 2021 can
be submitted to the Festival.
The final decisions regarding their eligibility remains at the discretion of
the Festival’s Artistic Committee.
F. MISCELLANEOUS
F1. The organisers of the Festival shall decide on any matters not
prescribed by these rules and regulations in accordance with
international practices and on a case-by-case basis.
F2 Participation in the “Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2022”
implies that the applicant has read and fully accepted these rules and
regulations.

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  • Excellent festival. It was so exciting to see our film on the big screen in the presence of an audience. And many thanks to all for the Audience Award. Keep up the good work !!!!

    May 2021
  • ALEXANDER LEONTARITIS

    very glad to have participated at Cyprus Film Festival. A very well organized International Film Festival taking part in two cities (Limasol and Nicosia) in Cyprus. I was very satisfied by the communication (from the programmers till the final stage of the feedback there was from movie theater technicians before the screening making sure that movie would be played out in the theater with the best technical specifications). Cyprus Film Days is a noteworthy Film Festival attracting quality movies in its program combining also networking events and very interesting workshops from Film Professionals.

    May 2019
  • Maria Lafi

    I was lucky my film participated in Cyprus Film Days. The quality of screenings was great! and the festival was perfect organized.
    Thank you for being part of your world!

    April 2019
  • Petros Charalambous

    Very happy and proud our film participated in this wonderful festival!!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Petros for your participation and excellent collaboration!!