Cyprus Film Days IFF (CFD) is the official film festival of Cyprus. It is co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and Rialto Theatre. It consists of two main programmes: the International Competition section –“Glocal Images” – (established in 2011) and the non-competitive section – “Viewfinder” –, which comprises films that have been screened and awarded at major festivals over the past year. The Festival also includes a National Competition Section, exclusively showcasing Cypriot (co-) productions or films directed by Cypriots of the diaspora. An additional section devoted to Children and Youth films, special tributes, parallel screenings, master classes, workshops, and musical events complete the program of CFD.
The Festival aims not only to broaden its appeal within its own borders, but also to attract both industry and audiences from abroad by becoming a cinematic meeting point for the three continents surrounding Cyprus. The international competition section “Glocal Images” welcomes films that voice the diversity of local cultures and contribute innovative representations of subject matters that can be addressed to an international audience.
A three-member Artistic Committee is responsible for the selection of films of the two main and parallel programmes, while a Jury made up of five internationally recognised professionals, awards films accordingly. The awards are as follows: Best Film, Special Jury Award and Best Director. The films participating in the Cypriot Films Section compete for The Best Cypriot Film and Best Cypriot Director awards. In addition, CFD viewers have the opportunity to vote for the Audience Award. The films participating in the CFD for Children and Youth section are selected by a different Artistic Committee.
All films are presented in their original language with Greek and English subtitles. The Festival takes place at Rialto Theatre, in Limassol and selected venues, in Nicosia in April.