Tonia Mishiali is a filmmaker from Cyprus. She is one of the Artistic Directors of Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival, Berlinale Talents alumna, vice-president of the Board of the Directors Guild of Cyprus, a member of the the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) and a member of the European Film Academy (EFA).
Tonia was born in Famagusta Cyprus. She graduated from a private English 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. After her graduation 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 and television in Cyprus and abroad, dealing with a variety of subjects, but focusing mostly on social and women’s issues. She has exhibited her work and participated in a big number of national and international film and performance festivals.
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, 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 has just completed her debut feature film Pause (2018), a Cyprus-Greece co-production and is in script development of two more feature films.
She has produced several short and feature films for fellow directors in Cyprus and has worked on numerous film productions as 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.