Tonia Mishiali is one of the Artistic Directors of Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival, alumna of the Berlinale Talents, member of the board of Directors of the Directors Guild of Cyprus, and a member of the EWA (European Women’s Audiovisual Network).
Tonia was born in Famagusta, Cyprus, in 1973. She graduated from The English School Nicosia (a private English-speaking High School in Cyprus) and then moved to Oxford, UK to study Hotel & Catering Management only to find out that her true passion was directing; she therefore proceeded to achieve a BA(Hons) in Media Production at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. After her graduation in 1997 she moved back to Cyprus to start working as a director and producer, at the same time creating her own production company Zipcode production&design.
She loves experimenting with different mediums- she has directed and produced for theatre, film, video and television in Cyprus and abroad, dealing with a variety of subjects and adopting original approaches. She has exhibited her work and participated in a big number of national and international film and performance festivals. She has directed several performances for the stage, in Cyprus, all of which got very good reviews. Particularly, the experimental performance Inanimate collateral loop (2011), a collaboration with a choreographer and an applied artist, also participated in the group video exhibition “Undefine” at Marl’s Glass-Box Museum in Marl, Germany.
Her short film Dead End (2013) has won several Best film and Best director awards and over 40 nominations for the film’s official selection at International Film Festivals all over the world, including the Golden Pardino-Leopards of tomorrow at the 66th Locarno Film Festival in 2013, where the film had its World Premiere. Other prestigious Festival official selections include Palm Springs Shortfest, Busan, Cork, Curta Cinema, Encounters and Drama Film Festivals. Her short film Lullaby of the Butterfly (2014) was officially selected at the 20th Sarajevo Film Festival for its World Premiere in August 2014 and won Best National Film and Best Cinematography Awards at The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus in 2014. It has been officially selected in more than 20 International Film Festivals worldwide, including Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Dresden and Drama Film Festivals. She is now in post-production of her debut feature film Pause, a Cyprus-Greece co-production to be released in 2018.
She has worked on other directors’ short and feature films as Executive Producer, 1st Assistant Director, and Production Manager. She has also exhibited her photography work many times over the years and won numerous awards in national and international photography competitions.
You can view a selection of her work on VIMEO.