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Nicosia gears up for 14th Cyprus International Film Festival

The 14th international film festival will be held in Nicosia this month and there is an open call for photographs focusing on peace, gender equality and the environment, from which the best will be chosen as part of a parallel exhibition.

The ‘FotoMessage’ exhibition will be held at the Melina Mercouri Hall in Nicosia during the 14th Cyprus International Film Festival November 25-29, according to festival director, Petra Terzi.
Photographers should submit up to five digital or printed photos of 50cm x 40cm to [email protected]
“Photographers will have their photos returned and a number of small cash prizes of up to 100 euros will be awarded to the winners,” Terzi told the Cyprus Mail.

For the last few years, the festival has been held in Paphos but has moved back to Nicosia.

The festival will feature 90 short and feature films from 54 countries around the world
and holds the EFFE Label “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe”. The 2019 edition is under the auspices of the municipality of Nicosia.

Importance is placed on first films from directors and the festival will feature first shown in, fiction, documentary, animation and art films. There will also be a special tribute to films about peace in the category, ‘Green Line in Peace, she said.

“The festival is supported by the deputy ministry of tourism, the national machinery for women’s rights and the foreign embassies in Cyprus,” said Terzi.

The aim of the festival is to inform and inspire the audience through great films. The subjects of gender equality, diversity as well as refugee status are paramount.

There is also an invitation to submit a short film script where the story takes place in Nicosia and can be filmed in two days. The winning idea will be shot in Nicosia in November.

“The script contest is open to people everywhere and all participants will receive an evaluation and feedback about their work. The committee will select the most complete and suitable script or a scene from a script which can result in the creation of a short film that will be screened during the “Golden Aphrodite” awards ceremony in Nicosia on November 30,” said Terzi.

The festival will offer the necessary equipment for filming and editing. No previous experience in film making or acting is necessary and all participants will be credited and receive a certificate of participation. The deadline is November 18 and a fee of 55 euros applies.

In addition, professional and amateur actors are invited to participate in the ‘CYIFF 2019 table read workshop’ on November 24, where scenes from original scripts will be read and filmed. Participants will gain the experience of an international casting, Terzi said.

The Cyprus International Film Festival is held annually and aims to be the best European film festival for first shown filmmakers from all over the world, added Terzi.
The 14th Cyprus International Film Festival screenings will be held at the Melina Mercouri Hall in Nicosia, November 25 to November 29.

The Golden Aphrodite awards ceremony will be held at Cinematheatre Pallas in old Nicosia on November 30 and entrance is free.

To participate in the “Pegasos cinema lab” script contest email: [email protected]
For further information: 99798112

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