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CYPRUS SHORT FILMS

5 WAYS 2 DIE    fiction 2014

Director: Daina Papadaki

Country of Origin/Filming: Cyprus

2014

 

Makis explores different ways of death, struggling to achieve the most ideal result.

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DOWNHILL   fiction 2015

Director: Stelios Kammitsis

Country of Origin: Cyprus

Country of Filming: Greece

 

On a sunny day in September, as they drive downhill, the missing pieces of the story unravel and the news that so much upset her is revealed. One thing is for sure, whatever happened earlier, no one should find out.

The story of a mother trying to come to terms with the admission of her son’s sexuality in an island community that is taking the first step toward the recognition of same-sex relationships.

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RANDOM ATTEMPTS   fiction 2015

Directors: Dou Özokutan Çiftçiolu & Vasvi Çiftçiolu

Country of Origin/Filming: Cyprus

 

A question as old as the history of humankind: What does one live for? Why should we keep on living? Do we have the right to be unhappy about life after fulfilling the roles society has assigned us? According to our film's character Ayla, having no problem in her life does not mean everything is going well. Her monotonous life itself is a sufficient reason for committing suicide. Ayla who decides to take her own life somehow cannot succeed. Nevertheless she does not stop trying to kill herself.

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AUSTERITY   fiction 2015

Director: Renos Gavris

Country of Origin: Cyprus

Country of Filming: Greece

 

A story about the preservation of a man's dignity within the recent times of the Greek financial crisis, as well as his personal uprising against the severe austerity measures imposed on the common people. Inspired by true events.

THE LEAP    fiction 2015

Director: Marios Lizides

Country of Origin/Filming: Cyprus

 

Ernest Hemingway is attributed with the shortest micro-fiction story (consisting of only six words). Purportedly it was written as a result of a challenge set by his colleagues. This micro-film was the outcome of a similar challenge: that of telling a structured visual story (having a beginning, middle and an end) in the minimum possible time. So, how much time does it take to tell an intelligible story? Are five seconds enough?  

 

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BUENO KEY   fiction 2016

Directors: Kazimir Bielecki and Lennie Varvarides (bielecki&bielecka)

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

(Cyprus, Poland)

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

 

Danny is a drug dealer who takes up acting as a means of self-expression, resulting in an obsession that alters his personality and creates a rift in his relationship with the love of his life. Made by a completely dyslexic team under DYSPLA and directed by male/female duo bielecki&bielecka, BUENO KEY follows Danny, his girlfriend, and his acting coach as they each struggle with their respective vices. It courageously explores how expression can offer the illusion of escapism, but begs the question: can we ever truly break free from our addictions?

 

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THE OLIVE TREE AT THE BORDER   fiction 2014

Directors: Sholeh Zahraei & Kamil Saldun

Country of Origin: Cyprus / Iran

Country of Filming: Cyprus

2014

 

A multi-layered short film about the unique nature in Cyprus, the division in Cyprus and a man who goes beyond borders. Dedicated to Mother Nature and peace.

 

 

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LOKI    fiction 2015

Director: Andreas Papakyriakou

Country of Origin/Filming: Cyprus

2015

 

An aimless young man sets out in the morning to bury his cat. By the end of the day he has met with his trusted best friend who is looking to score drugs, a disoriented drunkard who lost his car, his bitter ex-girlfriend, and a strange strong-headed barman, among others.

 

 

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WhyTalkFeminism?   documentary 2016

Director: Peter Stephanou

Country of Origin: Cyprus

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

2016

 

A short documentary that questions the state of gender equality in the UK, and asks the question, do we need feminist education in schools?

 

 

 

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DOCUMENTARY FOR A PRINTING PRESS THAT WAS NEVER FOUND   documentary 2016

Director: Charalambos Margaritis & Yiannis Sakellis

Country of Origin/Filming: Cyprus

 

The ‘too absurd to be true’ story of the search for a printmaking press which was lost in the town of Paphos.

 

 

 

Documentary for a printing press that was never fo