SHORT FILMS


Over the years, short films have had a constant rise in production in Cyprus. While shorter in length, these films provide audiences with material that has depth, context and insight on the themes they explore.

Airport for Sale

 

 

2007, Drama, 18 mins

Six children enter the abandoned International Airport of Nicosia. They come from both sides of the island. Inside the Airport terminal building, they find an old clock and decide to have it fixed.

Details

  • Production Studio: Fotocine Studios
  • Director: Simon Farmakas

 

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Hope

 

 

2011, Drama, 5 mins

A short film set in Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean divided by war and characterized by people on both sides, both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot, waiting and hoping for a resolution and some, waiting and hoping for missing loved ones to return. This is the story of one such woman.

Details

  • Production Studio: AMP Filmworks
  • Director: Stelana Kliris

 

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Dead End

 

 

2013, Drama, 15 mins

An elderly couple becomes overwhelmed with loneliness.

Details

  • Director: Tonia Mishiali
  • Producer: Tonia Mishiali

 

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Gomşu (Neighbor)

 

 

2013, Drama/ History, 5 mins

Gomsu (Neighbor) is a short film about what often happens after wars where many people do not see their neighbors ever again: Some have not realized it and some do not want to accept it.

Details

  • Director: Sholeh Zahraei, Kamil Saldun
  • Producer: Lupa Pictures

 

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Lullaby of the Butterfly

 

 

2014, Drama/ Mystery, 20 mins

Following a mysterious phone call, a woman grabs a kitchen knife and sets out on a journey to an unknown destination, leaving ‘her life’ behind.

Details

  • Director: Tonia Mishiali
  • Producer: Tonia Mishiali

 

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Kibris’a Mektuplar (Letters to Cyprus)

 

 

2014, Drama, 22 mins

In Cyprus, nothing is more anticipated than peace… ‘Letters to Cyprus’ is a prophecy of that anticipation.

Details

  • Director: Sholeh Zahraei, Kamil Saldun
  • Producer: Lupa Pictures

 

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Semele

 

 

2015, Drama, 14 mins

A school note is just the excuse for Semele to visit her long absent father.

Details

  • Director: Myrsini Aristidou

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Agrinoui

 

 

2015, Animation, 20 mins

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in the races. Frustrated with her lack of success, she abandons the racetrack.

Details

  • Director: Alexis Chaviaras
  • Producer: Christiana Vasiliou

 

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Olağan Denemeler (Random Attempts)

 

 

2016, Mystery / Crime, 8 mins

A question as old as the history of humankind: What does one live for? Do we have the right to be unhappy about life after fulfilling the roles society has assigned us? According to the film’s character Ayla, having no problem in her life does not mean everything is going well. Her monotonous life itself is a sufficient reason for committing suicide. Ayla who decides to take her own life somehow cannot succeed. Nevertheless she does not stop trying to kill herself.

Details

  • Director: Vasvi Çiftçioğlu, Doğuş Özokutan
  • Producer: Doğuş Özokutan

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Bekleyiş (Awaiting)

 

 

2016, Drama, 15 mins

A short film that explores the effects of conflict and war on a Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot child.

Details

  • Director: Ömer Yetkinel
  • Producer: Ömer Yetkinel

 

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Bad Habits

 

 

2016, Mystery / Crime, 15 mins

A library cataloguer forms a new habit, but whether it will turn out to be a good habit or not remains to be seen.

Details

  • Director: Emilios Avraam
  • Producer: Emilios Avraam

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Tango on the Balcony

 

 

2016, Drama, 20 mins

Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life, is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.

Details

  • Director: Minos Papas
  • Producer: Minos Papas, Liz Sargent, Michael Day

 

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Haftasonu (Weekend)

 

 

2016, Drama, 23 mins

Following his father’s death, Hasan returns to Cyprus after many years. As he spends time in his childhood village with his grieving mother and childhood girlfriend, the inner struggle with his identity and the challenge of being in a traditionalist community resurfaces. The pressure to attend the funeral pushes Hasan to confront his past and to search for reconciliation, not only with his family and home but also with himself.

Details

  • Director: Talat Gökdemir
  • Producer: Talat Gökdemir, Ömer Yetkinel

 

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Sedirin Gölgesinde (In the Shadow of Cedar)

 

 

2017, Drama, 9 mins

The story of the migration of Turkish Cypriots, concerns the drama of a family who had to migrate from the southern to the northern part of Cyprus after the 1974 war, the abandonment of the land where the younger generation grew up due to the embargoes applied.

Details

  • Director: Müge Günay
  • Producer: Şafak Yolcu

 

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To the Moon and Back

 

 

2018, Romance, 12 mins

A young man has to tell his girlfriend that he has been accepted on a one-way mission to Mars.

Details

  • Director:Stelana Kliris

 

Tozpembe: Yol (Pink Powder: Road)

 

 

2018, Experimental, Documentary, 5 mins

This mini documentary looks at the issues of the roads in the northern part of Cyprus faced especially by non-locals who came to the island for education or work.

Details

  • Director: Rahme Veziroğlu

 

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The Way Things Go

 

 

2019, Drama, 21 mins

A 25-year-old girl struggling with depression builds a machine hoping to change her life.

Details

  • Director: Sofia Anastasiou

 

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Kismet

 

 

2019, Drama, 4 mins

When society gets to decide everything about your life and death, what’s left for you?

Details

  • Director: Vasvi Çiftçioğlu, Doğuş Özokutan

 

Av: The Hunt

 

 

2020, Drama, 21 mins

A traditional Cypriot father notices his son’s homosexuality and takes him on a hunting trip.

Details

  • Director: Sholeh Zahraei, Kamil Saldun
  • Producer: Out of Focus Films – Marios Petrondas, Lupa Pictures – Sholeh Zahraei – Kamil Saldun

 

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