FNE at Cyprus Film Days 2018: Two Films Tie for Top Award in Cyprus

    Sunrise in Kimmeria by Simon Farmakas Sunrise in Kimmeria by Simon Farmakas

    NICOSIA: The Best Film and Best Director Award was a tie between the films I Am Not a Witch by Rungano Nyoni and Respeto by Alberto Monteras at the 16th Cyprus Film Days International Festival.

    The festival, which ran from 19 to 28 April 2018 in Nicosia and Limassol, ended in Limassol with the award ceremony and a live musical performance.

    Along with its four main prizes, the jury handed out four honourary awards.

    The list of awards follows:

    Best Film and Best Director Awards:

    I Am Not a Witch (UK, France)
    Directed by Rungano Nyoni

    Respeto (Philippines)
    Directed by Alberto Monteras

    Best Cypriot Film Award:
    Sunrise in Kimmeria
    Directed by Simon Farmakas
    Produced by FotCine Studios Ltd

    Best Cypriot Director Award:
    Christos Georgiou for his film Happy Birthday (Greece, Cyprus, France, Germany)
    Produced by Lychnari Production Ltd

    Special Jury Award:
    Too Much Info Clouding Over My Head (Greece)
    Directed by Vassilis Christofilakis

    Special Mentions:

    Honourary distinction to Vladimors Subotic for his cinematography in
    Chinatown - The Three Shelters (Cyprus)
    Directed by Aliki Danezi – Knutsen
    Produced by Cyprus Cinema Advisory Committee, Seahorse Films, Highway Productions S.A (Development), Black Orange S.A.

    Honourary award to the film for tackling an important topic in the conservative society of Kosovo:
    The Marriage / Martesa (Kosovo, Albania)
    Directed by Blerta Zeqiri

    Honourary award to the cast for their authentic performances in
    Men don’t Cry / Muskarci ne placu (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia/ Germany)
    Directed by Alen Drljevic
    Produced by Deblokada Produkcija, in co-production with Iridium Film, Produkcija Živa, Manderley Films, This and That, and CinePlanet

    Honourary award for its strong cast and cinematography for
    More / Daha (Turkey)
    Directed by Onur Saylak