Category Archives: Thurs 2013 Cyprus

Alexia Roider – Artistic Director of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus

Alexia Roider was born in Germany in 1975 and was raised in Cyprus. In 1993 she attends the Visual Communication Design course at Kassel University in Germany and continues her education in the UK at the University of the Arts London. She graduates in 1997 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Film & Video from the College of Communication (Formerly known as the London College of Printing). 
In 1998 Alexia returns to Cyprus and begins working as a film director for Lumiere Services, a local production company directing television commercials, corporate videos and documentaries. In 2008 she completes her short film Styx, which screens at numerous international film festivals and receives six major awards. In 2009, Alexia Roider receives the award for Best Director at the 5th Cyprus Short Film and Documentary Festival. In the same year Alexia decides to pursue her career as a freelancer directing commercials and special events but also getting actively involved in the local film scene where she worked on numerous independent productions and on five feature films as a 1st Assistant Director. In 2011 she was appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, Artistic Director of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus. In 2012 Alexia was invited to be on the jury of the International short film Competition of the Roma Independent Film Festival in Italy and in 2013 on the jury of the Clare Valley Film Festival in Australia.

Anna

Mary, a 30 year old woman from Philippines, works in a village in Cyprus. She takes care of Mr. Michalis, an 85 year old man, who suffers from arteriosclerosis. Mr Michalis spends his day watching TV, and specifically, a soap opera, starring Anna. It seems that he has acquired a sort of obsession with the protagonist, and he insists on calling Mary with the name of “Anna”, despite his daughter’s, Melpo, remarks. When Mary finds an old box, she makes a significant discovery. The name “Anna” has a strong meaning for Mr. Michalis.

Spiros Charalambous 2012
22min
Drama
Production: Seahorse productions
Director: Spiros Charalambous
Cast: Spyros Stavrinides, Immy Lysandrou, Mara Constandinou, Marinos Konsolou, Marios Demetriou, Elena Efstathiou

Shadowboxing

The story takes part during a single day in which Alexis, a professional boxer is preparing for a fight he has that evening, but he is finding it hard to make weight, therefore he has only two hours to loose two kilos to be able to fight.

Dinos Gregoriou
13min
Drama
Production: Marios Petrondas, Dinos Gregoriou
Direction: Dinos Gregoriou
Cast: Alex Norden, Melpo Kolomvou, Dimitris Xistras, Natia Charalambous, Grigoris Michael

No Parking

Two men fighting over a parking spot.  After a series of confrontations, the two neighbours are interrupted by greater forces. The never-ending story of territorial dominance, from past to present. Period comedy-drama set in the seventies on the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

8mins
Comedy, Drama
Producer: Marios Petrondas
Direction: Soteris Christou
Cast: Marinos Hadjivasiliou, Paris Erotokritou, Anna Giagkiozi, Marina Mandri, Varvara Larmou, Dimitris Taliotis

Pasty Child

The sudden death of her husband leaves Mrs.Leg alone with a heavy secret hidden in the basement.

George Tymvios
6min
Animation, Drama
Produced & Directed by George Tymvios, Andy Luck

The film uses skilled stop motion effects to create this dark fairytale. Winner of the Animation category of the 2012 Royal Television Society Devon & Cornwall Centre Student Awards.