The twelfth edition of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is preparing to welcome the cinephile public with a rich and varied programme of screenings from October 8 to 14. Alongside its main Competition section, which will screen contemporary films, the festival will present a series of original thematic screenings and events, with the aim of promoting and enjoying the art of short films.
On October 9, Words on Film will take place at the Old Vinegar House at 5.30pm, taking audiences on a literary journey traversing the art of cinema. The event reveals the connection between literature and the moving image. In the first part of the programme, four talented Cypriot writers will present their work in Greek inspired by four exceptional short films without dialogue. A live recitation session will accompany the screening of each short film. In the second part of the event, Yiorgos Trillidis and Dimitris Nollas will engage in a discussion about the relationship between literature and cinema.
Later, at 11pm at Rialto Theatre’s Sousou Café-bar, a selection of fiction and animated short films that explore the fragility, intimacy and creative possibilities of human and non-human bodies will be screened. Titled Skin to Skin, the event portrays skin as a primal inspiration, a sensual playground, a landscape, a dark dream and an erotic portrait.
Another event will take place at Sousou Café-bar a few days later as for the 10th year running the festival presents a competition programme 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. The Amaze Me event will kick off at 11pm on October 11.
On the following evening a selection of six black and white socially-conscious short films will be screened at Sousou at 11pm. The films draw on and are inspired by the collective memory, and the current global political and cultural scene. More screenings are to continue at the café-bar on October 13, featuring a selection of films from Syria, the Netherlands and Iran dedicated to human rights issues.
Parallel Activities of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus
October 8-14. Various locations around Limassol. www.isffc.com.cy, www.rialto.com.cy