The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is the official short film festival of the island of Cyprus. In 2011, it took place at the Rialto Theatre 15 - 22 October 2011. Video Filmed & Edited by Zedem Media.
The 1st Prize for the Best Short Film was awarded to Garagouz by Abdenour Zahzah from Algeria, “...an excellent story of life in contemporary Algeria, told through the journey of a father and son. Social issues are subtly addressed combined with a persistence of creative vision. All elements, performance, cinematography, sound, directing beautifully serve this story. Full of emotional truth, it has strong moments of lightness, jeopardy and hope”. (Jury Rationale)
The 2nd Prize for Best Short Film was awarded to Conversation Piece by Joe Tummer from the United Kingdom. The film was described by the Jury as “…original, with great sense of humour, good performance and pace - it made us laugh...”.
The Best Director Award was given to Bread for Bird by Aleksandra Strelyanaya from Russia. The Jury in their announcement spoke of “…a beautiful and unusual way to make a family history film with finely judged images and colors...” Mr. Thodoris Papadoulakis, the member of the Jury who announced the winner, said that the film was “ ...Full of warmth and layers of meaning”.
Mr. Fabrizio Ferrari presented the Documentary Award to Machine Man by Alfonso Mome & Roser Corella from Spain, explaining that “this documentary uses moving and poetic images to talk about the working conditions of manual labor in Bangladesh... - an important subject simply and effectively told...”.
The 1st Best Cypriot Film Award of the Ministry of Education and Culture was given to Stahia by Simon Farmakas. According to the Jury, it is “…a film in which form and content work harmoniously. A strong cinematic approach of a story well expressed. A work that shows potential and a film mind at work...”.
The 2nd Best Cypriot Film Award of the Ministry of Education and Culture was given to 11.50 by Stylianos Konstantinou. The Jury describes the film as “…a good example of an intriguing short film that successfully manages without dialogue in a minimal setting to hold our attention. With a strong central performance, good lighting, camera work and sound”.
In addition to the 6 main awards, the awards included 13 special mentions for Best Animation, Best Male Actor and Female Actress, Best Production, Best Sound Design, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Poetic Film, as well as a Students’ Prize, the Dinos Katsouridis Best Direction Award and the KODAK Cinelabs Best Cinematography Award.
The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is the official short film festival of the island of Cyprus. In 2012, it took place at the Rialto Theatre 13 - 19 October 2012. Video Filmed & Edited by Zedem Media.
1st Prize for Best Short Film
In front of the background of one of the most violent border areas in the so-called western hemisphere, this film tells the story of a dramatic incident with a fatal ending. From an excellent script that offers several unexpected twists, the director coaxes convincing performances from all of his cast and displays a compelling and powerful vision. The 1st Prize for Best Short Film accompanied by the sum of 5000 euros went to the film ‘Narcocorrido’, by Ryan Prows from the U.S.A.
2nd Prize for Best Short Film
Grounded by a compelling lead performance, the jury found this moving tale about the dark confusing chaos of adolescence to be horrific, humorous, and sweet. Combining gruesome and surreal elements of body horror with an assured narrative the 2nd Prize for Best Short Film, accompanied by the sum of 1500 euros went to the film Junior, by Julia Ducournau from France.
Visually confident, this documentary examines the nature of memory, and allows us to view a history of a very familiar event in a bold, new light. The award for Best Documentary, accompanied by the sum of 4000 euros went to the film
After, by Lukasz Konopa, from Poland.
Best Director Award
For the clever use of changing mis-en-scene to help develop the narrative, the way the camera and actors work together, and the creation of a unique atmosphere and a surrealistic world in the context of an entertaining film, the Best Director Award, accompanied by the sum of 2500 euros, went to Cem Oztufekci for the film Nolya from Turkey.
SPECIAL MENTION 1
For its script carried out by excellent lead actors, which deals with the outburst of an outsider as a strong statement about the actual social struggles which Greek society faces, the special mention went to the scriptwriters Pavlos Methenitis and Kostas Yerampinis for the film Iceberg, by Kostas Yerampinis, from Greece.
SPECIAL MENTION 2:
Based on the report of a rejected asylum application, the film reconstructs the protagonist’s story with the means of artistic, visual language. For its imaginative and outstanding approach in documentary filmmaking the jury awarded this special mention to the film Lack of Evidence, by Hayoun Kwon from France.
SPECIAL MENTION 3:
Special Mention for economy of storytelling and a minimalistic approach went to the film Ηope, by Stelana Kliris.
The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is the official short film festival of the island of Cyprus. In 2013, it took place at the Rialto Theatre between 12-18 October 2013. Video Filmed & Edited by Zedem Media.
1st AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM:
For a film that reflects social reality in a very condensed way and transforms it into a surrealistic revolt, the 1st award for best short film, accompanied by the amount of 4000 euros, was awarded to MASS OF MEN by Gabriel Gauchet from the UK.
2nd AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM:
For a film that poetically presents desire and transfiguration in a dehumanized standardized setting, the 2nd award for best short film,accompanied by the amount of 1500 euros, was awarded to EDMOND WAS A DONKEY by Franck Dion, a production from France and Canada.
BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD:
For the poetical recalling of a mass ethnic cleansing which occurred just 96 years ago at the gates of Europe, the best documentary award, accompanied by the amount of 3000 euros, was awarded to SHORT MESSAGE by Vardan Danielyan from Armenia.
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
For a unique fable exposing the underbelly of humanity, told with an exquisite visual vocabulary, the best director award, accompanied by the amount of 2500 euros, was awarded to DOG SKIN by Nicolas Jacquet from France.
SPECIAL MENTION 1:
Special mention was awarded to HOUSE PARTY by Adrian Sitaru from Romania.
SPECIAL MENTION 2:
Special mention was awarded to SALOPERIE DE PRUNEAUX by Rinaldo Marsaco from Switzerland.
SPECIAL MENTION 3:
Special mention was awarded to COLUMN by Ujkan Hysaj from Kosovo.
NATIONAL SPECIAL MENTIONS
1ST PRIZE FOR BEST NATIONAL FILM:
For the original tribute paid to Cypriot photography pioneers in a lavish period production, the 1st Prize for Best National Film accompanied by the sum of 4000 euros was awarded to the film The Immortalizer, by Marios Piperides.
2nd PRIZE FOR BEST NATIONAL FILM:
For a tight, pithy crime story depicting the dangers of social networking, the 2nd Prize for Best National Film accompanied by the sum of 2500 euros was awarded to the film First Love, by Soteris Christou.
AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A NATIONAL FILM:
The Best Cinematography Award, offered by FULLMOON PRODUCTIONS for technical services, was awarded to Marianna Ellina for the film OMIKRON+ by Michalis Georgiades.
AWARD FOR BEST EDITING:
The Best Editing Award, offered by the company Sklavis Film Labfor technical services was awarded to Yiannos Economou for the film Dancing Landscapes.
MICHAEL CACOYIANNIS AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTING IN A NATIONAL FILM:
For its pseudo realistic depiction of selfishness and loneliness, the Michael Cacoyannis Award, sponsored by the Limassol Cooperative Savings Bank and accompanied by the sum of 3000 euros was awarded to Tonia Mishiali for the film Dead End.
SPECIAL MENTION 1: BEST SOUND DESIGN
Special Mention for Βest Sound Design in a national film went to Marco Lopez for the films Dead End by Tonia Mishiali and The Immortalizer by Marios Piperides.
SPECIAL MENTION 2: BEST MALE ACTOR
Special Mention for Βest Male Actor in a national film was awarded to Yiannis Kokkinos for his participation in the filmThe Immortalizer by Marios Piperides.
SPECIAL MENTION 3: BEST FEMALE ACTRESS
Special Mention for Βest Female Actress in a national film was awarded to Kika Georgiou for her participation in the film OMIKRON+ by Michalis Georgiades.
SPECIAL MENTION 4: GOMŞU
Special Mention was awarded to the film GOMŞU by Kamil Saldun.
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