FESTIVALS: Cyprus Film Days IFF 2023 Announces Winners


    LIMASSOL: The Fishbowl by Puerto Rico-based Glorimar Marrero Sánchez was awarded as Best Beature Film at the 21th Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival, which ran 21 - 29 April 2023 at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol and the Zena Palace cinema in Nicosia.

    The Special Jury Award was given to Love Dog (Poland, Mexico, USA) directed by Bianca Lucas, who also won the Best Director Award.

    Cypriot Au revoir, Slumdogz! by Andreas Kyriacou received the Audience Award.

    The winners of Dot.on.the.Μap Industry Days were also announced, whose head Danae Stylianou spoke to FNE before the event.

    "We are especially honoured and proud to have welcomed acclaimed and upcoming industry professionals from across 15 countries from Europe and the MENA region to Limassol, for our fourth edition. Our vision remains to establish this co-production platform as an annual meeting point for professionals from the region and Europe, and to nurture strong connections between them, for the purpose of producing high quality independent films, while celebrating together the universal language of storytelling. Located at a significant geographical crossroads between Europe and the Middle East, Cyprus provides a platform for professionals working in the region, to showcase their fiction feature film projects while promoting intercultural dialogue on the art and business of cinema", Danae Stylianou told FNE.

    The forum is implemented in partnership with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora.


    Glocal Images Competition Section:

    Best Film:
    The Fishbowl (Spain)
    Directed by Glorimar Marrero Sánchez

    Special Jury Award:
    Love Dog (Poland, Mexico, USA)
    Directed by Bianca Lucas
    Produced by Love Dogs, Cárcava Cine
    Coproduced by Manosanta Studios, Film Exchange

    Best Director:
    Bianca Lucas for Love Dog

    Authorwave Award:
    Mediterranean Fever (Germany, France, Cyprus, Palestine, Qatar)
    Directed by Maha Haj
    Produced by Majdal Films
    Coproduced by Pallas Film, Still Moving, AMP Filmworks, in association with Metafora Production
    Supported by Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung, EurimagesCyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, La Région Île-de-France, Doha Film Institute, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and l’Aide aux cinémas du monde du CNC, Institut Français

    Audience Award:
    Au revoir, Slumdogz! (Cyprus)
    Directed by Andreas Kyriacou

    Dot.on.the.map Industry Days:

    Best Debut Project Pitch Award:
    Available Now (Israel, Germany)
    Directed by Assaf Machnes

    Cyprus Film Commission – Invest Cyprus Award:
    When I Close My Eyes, I See Your Eyes (Egypt)
    Directed by Sameh Alaa

    PS Movies and Stories Award:
    Checkpoints (Israel)
    Directed by Rita Borodiyanski

    AGORA Networking Award – Thessaloniki International Film Festival:
    Rabies (Lebanon, France)
    Directed by Sandra Tabet

    Asterisk Award:
    Rabies (Lebanon, France)
    Directed by Sandra Tabet