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21st CYPRUS FILM DAYS International Festival 21 - 29 April 2023

Amidst an atmosphere of renewal, the much-anticipated celebration of Cinema is set to take place between 21st and 29th April 2023. Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2023 preserves its dynamic yet makes a brand-new start with its newly-appointed duo of artistic directors, introducing a new visual identity and featuring a diverse programme of events.

This 21st edition will be hosting its audience before Rialto Theatre’s screen in Limassol and Zena Palace’s in Nicosia, presenting an innovative and socially-engaged programme of film screenings. Organised by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture of the Deputy Ministry of Culture and the Rialto Theatre, CFD showcases a diverse range of top-notch independent films unveiling the artistic vision of talented film directors, while providing fresh opportunities to local and international film professionals.

This year, the line-up and parallel events have been curated by CFD’s newly-appointed Artistic Directors, Argyro Nicolaou and Marios Lizides, filmmakers and educators. The target they have set is to build upon the already successful course of Cyprus Film Days in an attempt to make the festival a reference point for the wider region. At the same time, they propose “a festival of creative encounters that will embrace social awareness, nurture the discovery of new talents, and encourage open discussion”.

Traversing the most interesting territories of the Narrative Cinema of our times, the Festival offers cinephiles a precious film experience. This year’s selection includes world-acclaimed productions in the ‘Viewfinder’ section, as well as an inclusive ‘Glocal Images’ international competition section, which additionally incorporates Cypriot productions and co-productions. Moreover, the line-up proposes a number of special screenings, as well as the ‘Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth’.

To name just a few, Cyprus Film Days will be screening Aftersun, the directorial debut of Scottish film director Charlotte Wells (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor), as well as the bold and daring EO by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski (nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature).

The Festival’s Image

Created by graphic designers Clio Hadjigeorgiou and Lisa Rebecca, the new design concept pays homage to various elements of the history of Cinema. The key visual was developed using AI imaging software, bridging the ancient history of Cyprus with cutting-edge technology. According to the Artistic Directors, the image addresses the question of the future of cinema, our societies, and the world itself.

Cinema for Children and Youth

This 2023 edition of Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth aspires to contribute to the film education of the younger audiences of Cyprus, stimulating critical thinking and expanding their horizons. A carefully selected programme of screenings together with a diverse range of film workshops for kids and teenagers will be capturing and enriching the young spectators’ imagination and knowledge, under the artistic direction of film director and screenwriter Stavros Pamballis.

4th Dot.on.the.Map for film industry professionals

Developing and expanding, the Festival will also be holding this year the 4th edition of Dot.on.the.Map Industry Days, the co-production, training and networking platform, headed by producer-director Danae Stylianou. Dot.on.the.Map aims at encouraging collaborations and synergies between producers, directors and screenwriters from the Mediterranean countries with international film professionals.

For more information:

The detailed programme of screenings and events will soon be available on the Festival’s website at, as well as on its Facebook page (

Additional information:


All films will be screened in their original language with Greek and English subtitles.


  • €5 per film

  • €30 festival pass (for all screenings)

  • Free entrance for students upon display of student card

  • Free entrance for PwD cardholders

  • Free entrance for children to the films screened under the Children and Youth section

  • All screenings, except those scheduled in the Children and Youth section, are suitable only for persons aged +18.

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