World premiere for PAUSE

I am so overwhelmed! Great news for PAUSE!

My directorial debut PAUSE has been officially selected for its World Premiere at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Festival at the East of the West competition (29 June – 7 July 2018).

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe. The section “East of the West” is an international competition of debuts and second feature-length films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, shown exclusively as world, international, or European premieres.

Read about the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF lineup on CINEUROPA, VARIETY and SCREEN DAILY.

Here is a taste of PAUSE!

(PRESS ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO WATCH TEASER)

Check out the page of our film as presented on the Karlovy Vary Website.
Synopsis by Lenka Tyrpáková
Elpida is a housewife confronted with the first signs of menopause while trapped in a loveless marriage to a heartless, despotic man. Her solitary life consists of stereotypical activities, which she carries out with humility and resignation. Together with the physical changes to her body, however, her mind and her perception of reality are also gradually affected as long suppressed desires and needs come to the surface… In her muted psychological drama the debuting director addresses the recurring theme of the position of women in a patriarchal society. The formally mature film is dominated by a subtle, superbly nuanced performance from Stela Fyrogeni, who enables the viewer to experience Elpida’s internal struggle firsthand.
Screenings at Karlovy Vary
World premiere
Wednesday  04.07.2018    19:00  Pupp Cinema
Official Screenings
Thursday      05.07.2018    15:30  Small Hall
Saturday       07.07.2018    14:00  Cinema B
Press & Industry screening
Tuesday        03.07.2018     13:00 Cinema A

Attending 58th Thessaloniki Film Festival

I will be attending Thessaloniki Film Festival representing Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival and my feature film PAUSE 3-9 November 2017.

Don’t hesitate to email me for a meeting.

 

 

 

Proud member of the European Film Academy

I am proud to announce that I am now a proud voting member of the European Film Academy. You can view my profile HERE.

Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 3,200 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture.

The creation of the European Film Academy (EFA) was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Awards Ceremony held in November 1988. EFA was finally founded in 1989 as the European Cinema Society by its first president Ingmar Bergman and 40 filmmakers to advance the interests of the European film industry. Wim Wenders was elected as first chairman of the association which two years later was renamed European Film Academy. In 1996, he followed Ingmar Bergman as president of the EFA while British producer Nik Powell was elected as chairman of the EFA Board. He was followed by French producer Humbert Balsan who was chairman from 2003 until his sudden death in 2005 and French producer Yves Marmion until 2013. Current chairwoman is Polish director Agnieszka Holland.

The European Film Academy (EFA) now unites more than 3,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting European film culture. Throughout the year, the EFA initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects. The programme includes conferences, seminars and workshops, and a common goal is to build a bridge between creativity and the industry. These activities culminate in the annual presentation of the European Film Awards.

Since its early beginnings, Berlin has been the seat of the EFA Secretariat where it is registered as a non-profit association.

 

 

Jury duty for Malta Short FIlm Festival

Malta Short Film Festival has invited me to participate in the jury of the Malta Short Film Festival 2017 for its 9th edition. The results can be seen HERE.

The Malta Short Film Festival brings together films of different genres from around the world. But its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is broadcast on TVM, Malta’s national TV station. The films are discussed and partially adjudicated by a panel of judges, and partially by public vote. This enables the filmmaker and the viewer to understand the production value of each entry and its ability to communicate with its audience.

These are the films in the official selection for the year 2017, in alphabetical order.

Name

Country

Agata

Italy

Albedo Absolute

USA

Alicia

Malta

Ambivalent

Malta

Antoine

Luxembourg

A whole world for a little world

France

Black Cat

Australia

Common denominator

France

Dasha the Fool

Russia

Diversion

UK

Entrapment

Spain

Everyday

France

Hotel Eden

Spain

Magic Mouse

USA

Martina oh Martina

Spain

Pebbles

Ireland

Rabbit Blood

Australia

Room service

Spain

Silence

Netherlands

Sleepover

Spain

Son

Luxembourg

The bagpiper

UK

The guy who came on horseback

Iran

The last grain

Malta

The Musician

Spain

The Pinnacle of Excellence

Malta

The story of 90 coins

China

Zapp Galura

Austria

Ziemel

Malta

 

Elected Vice-president of DGCY

I am proud to announce that the Directors Guild of Cyprus have had their elections on 23rd September 2017 and I have been elected Vice-president.

Tonia Mishiali 17 votes

Kyros Papavassiliou 15 votes

Elena Alonefti 13 votes

Daina Papadaki 13 votes

Nikos Tamasios 10 votes

Michalis Kalopedis 9 votes

Costas Hadjistavrou 7 votes

Costas Costopoulos 2 votes

Με τη Γενική Συνέλευση της 23ης Σεπτεμβρίου 2017 η ΕΝΩΣΗ ΣΚΗΝΟΘΕΤΩΝ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ εξέλεξε το νέο της Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο. Τα μέλη του νέου συμβουλίου στην πρώτη τους συνεδρία κατέληξαν ομόφωνα στην πιο κάτω σύνθεση

Πρόεδρος – Ντάινα Παπαδάκη

Αντιπρόεδρος – Τώνια Μισιαλή

Γραμματέας – Έλενα Αλωνεύτη

Ταμίας – Μιχάλης Καλοπαίδης

Εκπρόσωπος Κινηματογράφου – Κύρος Παπαβασιλείου

Εκπρόσωπος Τηλεόρασης – Κώστας Χατζησταύρου

Εκπρόσωπος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων – Νίκος Ταμάσιος

Το Νέο Συμβούλιο εκφράζει τις ευχαριστίες του στην πρόεδρο και τα μέλη του απελθόντος διοικητικού συμβουλίου για την εξαιρετική δουλειά που έχει κάνει, ιδιαίτερα όσον αφορά στην κατοχύρωση του επαγγέλματος του σκηνοθέτη αλλά και τις αμέτρητες προσπάθειες για βελτίωση και επίλυση των χρόνιων προβλημάτων που αντιμετωπίζει ο κλάδος. Παράλληλα εκφράζει την αποφασιστικότητα του να συνεχίσει να εργάζεται και να προωθεί τη διασφάλιση του μέλλοντος των Κύπριων σκηνοθετών. Θα συνεχίσει να εμπλέκεται ενεργά στην ανάπτυξη και ενίσχυση της Κινηματογραφικής και Τηλεοπτικής βιομηχανίας και παιδείας της χώρας μας. Το νέο Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο της Ένωσης Σκηνοθετών Κύπρου από την πρώτη του συνεδρία έχει θέσει ως πρωταρχικό στόχο του, την κατοχύρωση του επαγγέλματος του σκηνοθέτη στην Κύπρο, προκειμένου να προστατεύσει και να διασφαλίσει το μέλλον των Κυπρίων σκηνοθετών και ταυτόχρονα να αναπτύξει και να ενισχύσει την κινηματογραφική και τηλεοπτική βιομηχανία στην Κύπρο.

PAUSE in Karlovy Vary IFF Works in Progress

I am happy to announce that PAUSE has been selected to participate in the Works in Progress of the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival taking place June 30-  July 8 2017.

I will be attending the festival where I will present PAUSE including a teaser and a scene from the film. Following a panel discussion, the festival arranges for interested visitors of the Works in Progress programme (sales agents, festival programmers, distributors) to set up individual meetings with the presenters to get more information about their projects.

7 other films will be presented this year.

It’s a wrap for PAUSE!

Tired from the last month of shooting PAUSE, but very happy that the shoot wrapped successfully. Best cast and best crew anyone could hope for!

 

Jury duty

So happy that I was part of the jury of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (15-21 October 2016).

The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is the official competition festival for short films in Cyprus. The Festival was set up by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theatre in 2000. Initially, it involved only a national competition section, but, since 2011 it expanded into an international competition. The primary focus of the annual, seven day festival in Limassol, is its International and National Competition. Each year, fictional, animated shorts and documentaries up to a maximum of 25 minutes compete for the festival’s generous awards and prizes. The ISFFC’s jury for both sections is comprised each year by five acclaimed film professionals, academics and festival organizers from around the globe.

Elected in the Board of the Directors Guild of Cyprus

Proud to have been elected in the Board of Directors of the Directors Guild of Cyprus. The elections took place on 19th February 2016.

Alexia Roider 24 votes

Tonia Mishiali 21 votes

Daina Papadaki 20 votes

Kimonas Mylonas 16 votes

Athena Xenidou 12 votes

Kyros Papavassiliou 10 votes

Neilos Iakovou 10 votes

Andreas Kyriakou 7 votes

Sasha 1 vote

 

My… Menopause!!!

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My directorial feature film debut MENOPAUSE is developing well after receiving 70% funding from the Film Fund in Cyprus, some development funds from SEE Cinema Network and a possible co-production with Greece through Authorwave Post-Production Company. I am glad to have A.B. Seahorse Film Productions ltd and Producers Andros Achilleos and Stelana Kliris on board in the production. We are now in the process of talking to possible co-producers that we connected with during the project participation in CoCo 2015 (Connecting COttbus) and MMP (Mannheim Meeting Place 2015). Shooting is planned to start in January 2017.

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