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TSFM What’s The Story? Cyprus 2023 OPEN CALL

What's The Story?

Cyprus (2023)


Location: Limassol, Cyprus

Period: 09.10-13.10.2023

Tutors: To Be Announced

Partner: ISFFC – The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus

The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is the official competition festival for short films in Cyprus, showcasing and celebrating an outstanding narrative, animated, documentary and experimental original short film content. Since 2019, the ISFFC is an official partner festival of the European Film Academy. Through the years, it has become an excellent platform for local and international filmmakers to showcase their work, and it maintains its reputation as an audience favourite.

With a developing presence in the short film arena, the ISFFC has become an ever growing Festival for shorts in the Eastern Mediterranean region, where established and emerging filmmakers enjoy the blissful experience of seeing their film on the big screen to packed audiences.

The ISFFC aims to always be ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating creativity and innovation by introducing new technologies and innovative initiatives every year. Alongside its main competition programme, the ISFFC organises a range of site-specific events in collaboration with local artists, various thematic screenings and masterclasses, aiming towards the integration of several art forms.

The Festival week culminates with the Awards ceremony in the national and international competition, with the Jury panel presenting the winners with generous cash and in-kind awards. The ISFFC Jury is comprised each year of five established international and Cypriot film professionals, academics, festival directors and short film programmers.

The Festival was founded by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theatre in 2000. Initially, it showcased exclusively a national competition section, but, since 2011 it expanded into an international competition festival. Today, it is co-organised by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture of the Deputy Ministry of Culture of Cyprus, and the Rialto Theatre.

Open Call

What is it?

What’s The Story? Cyprus is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the new Talents Generator Factory initiative promoted by Talents and Short Film Market (TSFM). The workshop is led by two experienced tutors and will require active participation and a mindset open to collaboration from all participants. The work will be conducted both in class during the face-to-face hours and in between the meetings, with specific tasks and assignments to be accomplished for the following day. At the end of the workshop, two participants will be picked by the tutors and invited to take part in another workshop happening during Talents and Short Film Market vol. 8 from November 27th to 30th 2023 in Torino, Italy. The second event will be focused on the feasibility and production of the developed projects and it will be concluded with a co-production pitching session and a series of one-on-one sessions with film professionals. The second workshop does not include any registration fees for participants. Accommodation will be provided by TSFM. Travel costs will be covered by each participant.

Who is it for?

What’s The Story? Cyprus is open to up to ten selected filmmakers – film directors, screenwriters – who will work together in order to kickstart their respective storylines for an upcoming short film.

Only filmmakers living or born in Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel and Lebanon can apply.

When is it scheduled?

What’s The Story? Cyprus is scheduled to take place from Monday October 09th to Friday October 13th 2023.

Where is it located?

What’s The Story? Cyprus is scheduled to take place in Limassol, Cyprus.

What language will be used?

The main language of What’s The Story? Cyprus will be English.

The submitted documents for the selection process of the participants must be in English.

The text materials written during the must be in English.

Who are the tutors?

What’s The Story? Cyprus tutors will be announced shortly.

How do I apply?

Applications to What’s The Story? Cyprus can only be submitted via the official submission form at this link:

When is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline for submissions to What’s The Story? Cyprus is set on Monday August 28th 2023.

How much does it cost?

The submission fee to What’s The Story? Cyprus is free of charge.

The participation fee to What’s The Story? Cyprus is free of charge.

ISFFC – The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus will provide accommodation and one meal per day for all the selected participants. No travel expenses will be covered.

Do you have more questions?

For further information please send and email to:


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