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Cyprus Film Days announces its line-up

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- The 15th edition of the gathering boasts more than 20 features spread across two cities

Cyprus Film Days announces its line-up
Boy on the Bridge by Petros Charalambous

The 15th edition of the Cyprus Film Days International Festival, the largest film event in the country, is set to unspool later this month. More than 20 feature films will be premiered from 27 April–6 May in two major cities on the island, Limassol and Nicosia. With its main aim having always been to present contemporary world cinema, the festival expands each year while retaining its key local role by supporting the members of the Cypriot film community and promoting Cyprus as an international hub for film production.

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Striking a balance between both continents surrounding Cyprus, the main international competition programme, Glocal Images, focuses on films with a local character that can also be seen from a global point of view. Eleven features have been selected for this edition, and among them there are festival hits such as the well-travelled Locarno winner Godless [+see also:
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by Ralitza Petrova, Karlovy Vary’s Zoology [+see also:
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by Ivan I Tverdovskiy, Venice’s Indivisible [+see also:
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by Edoardo De Angelis, the Hellenic Film Academy’s winner Suntan [+see also:
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by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Thessaloniki’s Audience Award winner I Still Hide to Smoke [+see also:
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by Rayhana Obermeyer, the Crystal Bear laureate Butterfly Kisses [+see also:
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by Rafael Kapelinski and the Jerusalem Film Festival-awarded Harmonia by Ori Sivan. Audiences will also be able to enjoy Beluga by Mahdi Jafari and A Wedding [+see also:
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by Stephan Streker, and two Cypriot productions are also competing: the Rome Film Fest-premiered Boy on the Bridge [+see also:
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by Petros Charalambous and Rosemarie by Adonis Florides, which will have its world premiere at the Cyprus Film Days.

Three prizes will be handed out by a five-member international jury: the Best Film Award and Special Jury Award, which will be accompanied by the amounts of €6,000 and €3,000, respectively, and the Best Director Award, which comes with €1,000 in cash as well as a DCP Mastering, Deliverables and Subtitling Award, worth €3,500 in technical services, sponsored by Authorwave.

It should be noted that the second main screening section of the festival, Viewfinder, includes award-winning films that have not been screened before in Cyprus. Aside from the ten-day screening programme, the festival also organises events, Q&A sessions and film workshops for professionals. Furthermore, the parallel Children and Youth section continues to develop an educational platform through various events, workshops and screenings dedicated to young audiences and children.

The Cyprus Film Days is an initiative of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre in Limassol.

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