By Bejay Browne
THE 9th Cyprus international film festival (CYIFF) is underway in Paphos for the first time.
The festival is being held with the support of the municipality of Nicosia until 2013.For the first time this year, the film festival is being held with the cooperation of the municipality of Paphos. This year will also see the establishment of an independent jury.
Screenings are taking place all week at K Cineplex in Paphos and the final screenings and awards ceremony will be at the Almyra hotel.
The festival is dedicated to emerging independent filmmakers and entries will be competing in a number of categories. Feature films will aim to take the ‘Golden Aphrodite’, which is judged by a distinguished panel of experts working in the international film industry.
Festival director Petra Terzi told the Cyprus Mail that the event has grown from strength to strength over the years and this year’s motto is ‘The best of the first.’
The festival was originally initiated by a group of dedicated volunteers, event organisers, film producers, cinema experts and multimedia and audio visual specialists.
The festival now takes place annually, as part of the [email protected] FESTIVALS network. It is a non-profit organisation and was inaugurated in 2006 by the then Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, Pefkios Georgiades.
It promotes Cypriot film directors and Cypriots artists living abroad in the film category ‘Nostimon Imar’.
“We have a number of films making their world premiere at the festival which we are very excited about,” said Terzi.
CΥIFF was Cyprus’ first international film festival to offer new and upcoming directors the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a jury of internationally acclaimed cinema experts, directors and actors.
Numerous entertainment sectors are highlighted such as feature films, short films, animations, music videos, dance, experimental films and video art.
The festival also has a competitive section where films which have been produced by emerging directors in the last 36 months are selected for the screening programme.
A number of master classes will also be offered during the festival, with International acclaimed industry professionals.
Terzi said:” One of the highlights will be the Hollywood scriptwriting workshop. This will see the development and selection of five scenarios of aspiring screenwriters, under the supervision and guidance of expert writer and producer Mitchell Peck. These will then be sent on to Hollywood studios for consideration.”
Screenings will take place at K-Cineplex in Paphos all week.
Info/registration for master classes: 99798112