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The ISFFC concludes with the AWARDS CEREMONY

The tenth anniversary edition of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus concludes with the Awards Ceremony this coming Friday, October 16th 2020, at the Rialto Theatre, following a rather turbulent week.

The Festival launched its events and screenings last Saturday, however mid-week it had to adjust the theatre capacity to 75 spectators, due to updated protection measures issued by the Ministry of Health due to an increase in covid19 cases.

On Thursday October 15th, and following the justified reactions of the Cypriot theatres and cultural organisations, the Ministry of Health issued an updated announcement, allowing all theatres and cinema halls to return to 50% of their capacity. Therefore, all tickets that have been obtained for the last two festival nights are valid and can be used by their holders. The use of protection mask is mandatory indoors as of 15/10.

The awards ceremony will take place in the outdoor space of the Rialto Theatre, on Friday October 16th at 10.30p.m., right after the final competition screenings. The jury members will announce the winners, while the list of awards is enriched this year with the amount of €2,500, which will accompany the Best Director Award "Ntinos Katsourides" (providing technical equipment for the director’s next short film). Moreover, Radiator Films, an international film distribution company, will offer distribution to the Cypriot film which will win the 1st Prize for Best National Film- a rare opportunity for the short film cinema in Cyprus.

The participating films are competing for the following awards:

  • One nomination for the European Film Academy Awards according to the regulations set by the European Film Academy.

International Competition: •    1st Prize for Best Short Film: 4000 euro •    Best Director Award: 2500 euro •    2nd Prize for Best Short Film: 1500 euro •    Best Documentary Award: 3000 euro •    The Jury may give up to 3 Special Mentions in the International Competition Section.

National Competition:

•    1st Prize for Best National Film: 4000 euro and distribution of the film by Radiator Films •    2nd Prize for Best National Film: 2500 euro •    Best Director Award "Ntinos Katsourides": Providing technical equipment for the director’s next short film (in services), and the sum of 2500 euro •    Best Cinematography Award: Post-production services, colour correction & DCP in HD – by Stefilm.  •    Best Actor / Actress Award in a National film in Competition: 500 euro - Offered by Limassol Municipality.

Student Jury Award for Best Music Video in the Amaze Me competition section: 500 euro. A student jury from the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts – Cyprus University of Technology, will decide upon this award.

Right after the awards ceremony, Amaze Me - a programme of international music videos will be screened.

The detailed programme of screenings is available at

Suitable for 18+.

* The Rialto Theatre (both indoors and outdoors) operates in accordance with international standards and the health and safety decrees that govern theatres and cinemas, as imposed by the government, to prevent spread of covid-19. For the detailed protection measures please visit the Rialto Theatre website here.


The Festival is organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport & Youth and the Rialto Theatre.

Instagram: isffc_filmfestival

Twitter: #RialtoTheatreCy /#isffc20

Info:  77 77 77 45  /

Co-organizers: The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the European Parliament Information Office in Cyprus

It falls under the auspices of the Mayor of Limassol, Mr. Nicos Nicolaides

Media Sponsors: Cybc, CITY, Ert3     

Partner Festival: European Film Academy (EFA)

Technical Partners: Event Pro

Hospitality Sponsor: The Mediterranean Beach Hotel

Supported by:  Goethe Institut, Cyprus University of Technology, Kinimatografiki Leshi Lemesou, Vivliotropio, Limassol Tourism Board, University of Cyprus   Alumni Office, Efimerida Lemesos, Lemesos blog, Vestnik Kipra

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