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Back together: online workshops, screenings, competitions!

7th International Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth 2021

16 - 24 April 2021

The International Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth 2021 presents a fresh and innovative programme for Children and Youth in this 7th edition, which is scheduled to be held exclusively online.

Five fascinating workshops by film professionals, as well as online screenings of four films for children and youth make up this year’s edition, which will take place from the 16th to the 24th April 2021, in the framework of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, co-organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Rialto Theatre.

Screenings for schools The Festival surpasses the challenges imposed by the pandemic by taking full advantage of technology, thus offering a unique opportunity to children and students from across the island to watch four films online, for free, either via their school or individually. To acquire access to these online screenings, schools and/or individuals are requested to express their interest by sending an e-mail to Four captivating films, which have screened and received multiple awards at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals for children and youth, make up this year’s festival edition:

  1. My brother chases dinosaurs (12+) by Stefano Cipani

  2. Rocca changes the world (12+) by Katja Benrath

  3. Romy’s salon (9-12) by Mischa Camp

  4. My grandpa is an alien (9-12) by Marina Andree Skop

Filmmaking Workshops

Moreover, this year, the Festival will be hosting a series of online workshops for young film enthusiasts. On Saturday 17/04 and Sunday 18/04, the participants, no matter where they are located, will have a unique opportunity to attend five original and innovative workshops on the festival’s online platform:

Saturday 17 April:

#1 A glimpse into filmmaking! by Marios Lizidis (director) [9:00 – 10:30, in Greek]

#2 Handmade Animation: Techniques, films and games by Yiorgos Tsangaris & Eleni Handriotou (graphic designers/animators). [10:45 – 12:15, in Greek]

#3 My home studio - make a lockdown masterpiece with only your phone by Laura Gaynor (director/producer) [12:30-14:00, in English].

Sunday 18 April:

#4 How do I become an actor? by Kika Georgiou (actress)

[10:00 – 11:30, in Greek]

#5 The magic of sound in Cinema by Marco Lopez (sound designer) [11:30 – 13:00, in Greek]

The above workshops are designed for a young audience aged between 12-18, however, these will be open to anyone interested in attending.

1st Young Filmmakers Competition

For the first time this year, the International Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth in collaboration with the Junior Edition of Animafest Cyprus – Views of the World launch an open call for film submissions to the 1st Young Filmmakers Competition 2021 titled “What would you change about the world?”. The competition is addressed to students aged between 12 and 18, who are invited to make a three-minute short film. For more information about the competition, please visit: and

Young Audience Award (EFA): become a member of the Cyprus Jury

A team of children will represent Cyprus, as the island’s national jury, in the European Film Academy’s Young Audience Awards. Specifically, young film enthusiasts aged between 12 and 14 are invited to send their contact details (name, age, address and phone number) to cyprusfilmdaysyouth@gmail to take part in the Jury that will award the Best European Film for Children and Youth.

Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth

Cyprus Film Days for Children and Youth is especially curated for young children aged between 9 and 14 years old, and aims at enhancing the perception, aesthetics and intellectual maturity of young viewers. By introducing young audiences to quality world cinema, the Festival gives them the opportunity to enjoy films, as well as to participate in workshops led by acclaimed film professionals; an initiative which aims at inspiring and developing children's imagination and enriching their emotional world.

For more information about the Festival, to participate in the workshops, obtain access to the Festival’s online platform, participate in the 1st Young Filmmakers Competition, and take part in the Cyprus jury for the EFA Young Audience Award, please visit

or contact the festival at 70008242,

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