The 11th edition of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC) will kick off on October 9 and has a week packed with film screenings but also several parallel events. Seven thematic cinematic events will be presented.
On October 10 in the framework of its newly-established collaboration with Torino Short Film Market, the ISFFC invites filmmakers to attend a presentation in English of Enrico Vannucci, Artistic Director of the TSFM, an international programme that aims at promoting the short film industry internationally. As of 2022, filmmakers from Cyprus and the wider region will have a unique opportunity to present their screenplay and develop it through an intensive workshop. The best screenplays will be presented at TSFM in Torino, where they will be further developed and discussed with film professionals.
Also on at Rialto on October 10 are a series of short film screenings by French director Jean-Gabriel Périot at 11pm. His work is mainly based on archival film material and lies on the border between documentary and fiction. His work has received multiple awards and accolades and his films can be found in some of the greatest contemporary art museums around the globe, such as MoMA.
On October 11 a selection of outstanding, award-winning films, which never got the opportunity to be screened at the festival will finally see the spotlight. Although entrance is free, this parallel programme at the theatre invites the audience to drop off non-perishable goods, which will be collected and donated to Kitrini Grammi to support families in need.
Then on October 12, again at 11pm at Rialto, short films by the great Swedish director Roy Andersson will be screened. An award-winning director, Andersson directed hundreds of music videos, commercials and a small number of short films three of which will be screened.
The next parallel event happens slightly earlier, on the afternoon of October 13 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Titled Words on Film, the event will take the audience on a literary journey traversing the art of cinema. Presented in Greek, it reveals the inherent connection between literature and the moving image. In the first part, four talented Cypriot writers and visual artists will present their work inspired by four exceptional short films without dialogue. A live recitation session will be accompanying the screening of each short film. In the second part of the event, Yiorgos Trillidis and Vangelis Raptopoulos will engage in a discussion about the relation between literature and cinema.
At 11pm on the same evening, a tribute to Cypriot director Dinos Katsouridis is planned. A screening of his anthology film The Batty World of Thanasis directed by Dinos Katsouridis, consisting of short films featuring Thanassis Veggos in the lead role will be shown in the presence of Dinos Katsouridis’ partner and film director Isavela Mavraki and of his daughter, producer Sivylla Katsouridi.
The final parallel event of the festival will take place on October 14, a competition programme at 11pm with top-notch music videos from around the world, judged by a student jury from the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of Cyprus University of Technology.
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus
Short film screenings, competitions and parallel events. October 9-15. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. www.isffc.com.cy