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The Paphos International Film Festival (PIFF) is an annual festival held every year in Paphos in the mediterranean island of Cyprus.


PIFF is committed to supporting authentically independent SHORT films and it aims to research, promote and develop the art of independent film making. We support low (or no) budget films because we strongly believe that they are worth a chance. PIFF aims to become a platform giving a voice to directors and filmmakers who work with very little but have a lot to give.


The program includes screenings of short films from Cyprus and abroad as well workshops, masterclasses and lectures. Our categories include films up to 20 minutes from Cypriot and International filmmakers, student films up to 15 minutes (both Cypriot and international) and every year we have a special category dealing with a specific issue.


The festival focuses on community, inclusivity and (of course) good times. It aims to travel across borders in order to develop a spirit of friendship and cooperation with filmmakers from Cyprus and from all over the world.



Nicolas Iordanou studied Fine Arts and Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Sylvia Nicolaides received her Bachelor’s Fine Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design London and her Master’s Degree in Audio-Visual Studies in the Academy of Performing Arts, in the Film and Television department (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic.


Nicolas and Sylvia started collaborating in 2011 directing and producing documentaries and films with main focus on social issues and art. They are the co-founders of Kimonos Art Center and they are collaborating with filmmakers and artists around the world.