Film Festival 2019

We are happy to announce the  5th Cyprus Comic Con Film Fest.

One of the many parts of the con is an in-house film festival specializing in screening genre short films from local and international filmmakers!

For this years Film Festival, we’ll be having additional screenings to the classical line-up than years prior. From anime watching for animation lovers, to feature films to even screenings for a dedicated Comic Con film challenge for local filmmakers!

Selections and the Official Program of the festival will be shown bellow on October 1st, 2023.

Competition Selected Submissions

You are all invited to Hall A (Side B) in order to enjoy the selected short films on Saturday, 20th of April between 12:00pm – 14:30pm and Sunday, 21st of April between 12:00pm – 14:30pm.

 The films are in screening order.

Saturday Submissions Line-up from 12:00pm to 14:30pm

The Cape by Andrew Olson

United States – Runtime 13:25 – Rating: G | Director – Andrew Olson | Writer – Andrew Olson | Key Cast – Skylar Brunk, Marybeth Paul, Jeremy Lloyd, Andrew Olson

For eleven happy years Kara was fiery and independent, leaping over tall couches, jumping off the dock, and best of all reading comic books with her Dad, especially her favourite – The Scarlet Raven, a Golden Age Heroine. Now, on her first Summer Vacation to Cape Cod after losing her father, Kara finds a gift from yesteryear in a magical kite shop – an authentic Scarlet Raven Cape, just like the ads in the back of the comics from when her Dad was a boy.   Unfortunately, The Cape is priced as if it really could let you fly! Now Kara will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to find out if the magic is real, and how special a true friend can be. Winner of Best Picture and Best Director at the Cleveland Comic Con Film Festival in 2018, The Cape is an inspirational journey of love, loss, friendship and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of magic.

Nefta Football Club by Yves Piat

France – Runtime 17:06 – Rating: G | Director – Yves Piat | Writer – Yves Piat

In the south of Tunisia, two football fan brothers bump into a donkey lost in the middle of the desert on the border of Algeria. Strangely, the animal wears headphones over its ears.

Moon Drops by Yoram Ever-Hadani

Israel – Runtime 16:00 – Rating: G | Director – Yoram Ever-Hadani | Writer – Yoram Ever-Hadani | Key Cast – Nikola Vujović, Jelena Stupljanin

A factory worker assembles an enigmatic machine that produces liquid drops from the moonlight.

The Sound by Antony Petrou

Cyprus – Runtime 15:00 – Rating: G | Director – Antony Petrou | Writer – Chris Dundon-Smith | Key Cast – Joseph Mawle, Sienna Guillory, James Hyland, Hanna Saxby

Beth lives a quiet rural life with her parents, on their secluded family farm. When her fragile mother begins to hear a mystery sound that nobody else can hear, the family are unsure what to make of it. Soon, the sound becomes a source of frustration and pain and it drives Beth’s mother to the brink. Desperate to alleviate her mother’s suffering, Beth becomes obsessed with finding and stopping the mystery of the strange sound.

You In Me by Yaou Chen

United States – Runtime 1:44 – Rating: G | Director – Yaou Chen | Writer – Yaou Chen | Key Cast – Juan Ayala

After breaking up with lady crocodile, the duck man goes on a journey of living in the memory and finding himself.

One Day I'll Become... by Roman Gregorička

Slovakia – Runtime 11:47 – Rating: G | Director – Roman Gregorička | Writer – Roman Gregorička | Key Cast – Samuel Borčin, Samuel Michalík, Mya Javorková

Galactic war, from the perspective of a little boy on a poor desert planet. He is having nightmares and visions about the future and he wants to become a Jedi knight. But the war is coming and Imperium is looking for gifted children. Time is up. Which side will he chose?

CADUCEA by Christophe Mavroudis

Belgium – Runtime 25:00 – Rating: PG | Director – Christophe Mavroudis | Writer – Christophe Mavroudis | Key Cast – Marie-Jeanne Maldague, Guillaume Alexandre, Vincent Delré, Maïlyse Hermans, Maxime Rennaux, Helena Coppenjans

Tom hides not only a deformed face behind his flamboyant Commedia dell’arte masks, but also a dark secret that won’t be divulged until decades later.

Don't Feed These Animals by Guilherme Afonso & Miguel Madaíl de Freitas

Portugal – Runtime 10:00 – Rating: PG | Directors – Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas | Writers – Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas, José Alves da Silva

Once upon a time there was a lobotomised bunny who lived in a research laboratory. He had bi-polar personality disorder, triggered by his huge appetite for carrots.   One day the bunny brings a carrot to life by accident but also creates something evil. Now both carrot and bunny must surpass their differences and join forces, so that together they may end this threat.

In Your Place by Giuseppe Carleo

Italy – Runtime 14:39 – Rating: PG | Director – Giuseppe Carleo | Writers – Giuseppe Carleo, Riccardo Cannella | Key Cast – Miriam Dalmazio, Clara Salvo, Alessandra Pizzullo , Salvo Piparo, Giulio Corso, Claudio Collovà

Annachiara lives in the suburbs of Palermo with her family. She wants to win back her ex-boyfriend. Her grandma suggests that she uses an ancient rite that could save the destiny of her lost love.

Papers, Please - The Short Film by Nikita Ordynskiy

Russian Federation – Runtime 10:53 – Rating: PG | Director – Nikita Ordynskiy | Writers – Nikita Ordynskiy, Liliya Tkach, Lucas Pope | Key Cast – Igor Savochkin, Evgeniy Tokarev, Antonina Kravtsova , Mikhail Panykov

An official adaptation of the award winning game “Papers, Please” by Lucas Pope. 1982 – East Grestin, Arstotzka. The 6-year war with neighboring Kolechia is over. There is a fragile peace. A border checkpoint now separates east and west Grestin.

Trailer Movie by Alexander Gavrilov

Russian Federation – Runtime 11:40 – Rating: PG | Director – Alexander Gavrilov | Writer – Alexander Gavrilov | Key Cast – Dmitriy Adamovich, Dmitriy Smirnov, Aldar Kogaev, Alexander Sokolovskiy, Marina Mitrofanova

It is a story about a geek who has lost the feeling of the edge between reality and his fantasy. He likes to imagine himself as a movie hero (especially when watching trailers!) and one day, sitting with his friends at the cinema, he gets a chance to become a true hero, not only in dreams! The key peculiarity of the movie is its experimental format. The main action is set at the cinema, but in the plot there are several fake trailers involved in which our Hero is starring.

Sunday Submissions Line-up from 12:00pm to 14:30pm

Blows With The Wind by Hazhir As’adi

Iran – Runtime 6:30 – Rating: G | Director –  Hazhir As’adi | Writer –  Hazhir As’adi

After occurring some events for the scarecrow, scarecrow becomes human.

Capitaine France by Thomas Robineau & Julien Paillet

France – Runtime 21:54 – Rating: G | Directors – Thomas Robineau, Julien Paillet | Writers – Thomas Robineau, Julien Paillet | Key Cast – Cyril Benoit, Elsa Agnes

The life of the greatest French superhero the world has ever known.

Primula by Fivos Vassiliou

Cyprus – Runtime 07:01 – Rating: G | Director – Fivos Vassiliou | Writers – Maria Phytidou, Fivos Vassiliou | Key Cast – Andreas Phylactou, Savvina Georgiou, Elena Shved, Alexandros Georgiou

Short story about a young woman who can’t stop thinking about her younger years and her first love.

Father n Son by Gionata Medeot

Italy – Runtime 14:00 – Rating: G | Director – Gionata Medeot | Writer – Gionata Medeot | Key Cast – Stefano Maistrello, Giacomo Valdameri, Elisabetta Del Medico

How difficult is it to be the son of a policeman? How difficult is it to be the son of a celebrity? And how difficult must it be to be the son of someone who is both of us? how difficult is it to be the son of a superhero? Philip Parker is the son of that Parker. Of course, Philip inherited some powers, but he always considered them useless.

A.B. by Antony Petrou

Cyprus – Runtime 4:50 – Rating: PG | Director – Antony Petrou | Writer – Antony Petrou | Key Cast – Aviana Bella Petrou  

A seven year old girl travels through a chaotic world, while dreaming of saving a friend and or perhaps the world.

Bucketheads - A Star Wars Story by Marco Bossow & Andy Brown

Canada – Runtime 13:35 – Rating: PG | Directors – Marco Bossow, Andy Brown | Writers – Marco Bossow, Andy Brown | Key Cast – Troy Mundle, Lee Shorten, Mark Meer, Kat Ruston, Marco Bossow

A squad of storm troopers are transporting a POW with valuable information from Yavin 4, but getting off planet will test their mettle.

The Update by Mor Hanay

Israel – Runtime 23:34 – Rating: PG | Director – Mor Hanay | Writer – Mor Hanay | Key Cast – Michael Moshonov, Avigail Harari, Sara Karp,  Rani Blair

Adam has the perfect girlfriend, Alex, which was custom-made for him. Alex is separated from him for 24 hours during the annual ‘Update Day’ and he finds himself spending the time with Yuli, a human being like him, she makes him question everything he thought was perfect.

iCon by Yiannis Liolios

Greece – Runtime 17:45 – Rating: PG | Director – Konstantina Papadopoulou | Writer – Yiannis Liolios | Key Cast – Alexandros Koch, Maria Stefanidou

In a society where smart apps dominate, a man chooses an environment away of the comforts high technology offers and tries to face a powerful opponent, using only his own strength.

The Summoning by Akash Sk

Sri Lanka – Runtime 14:20 – Rating: PG | Director – Akash Sk | Writer – Akash Sk | Key Cast – Shenic Tissera, Stefania Perera, Akash Sk, Kasun Rathnasiri, Anisha Barakathulla

Four friends discover an ancient spirit board and conduct a séance, inadvertently summoning something sinister that seeks its own vengeance.

Project Cadmus by Brandon Lescure & John Crawford

United States – Runtime 19:20 – Rating: PG | Directors – Brandon Lescure, John Crawford | Writer – John Crawford | Key Cast – John Crawford, Dawn Ursula, Jaci Jones, Kyle Klein

A fan film based loosely on Batman: The Animated Series canon.   Synopsis: A younger Bruce Wayne/Batman who has stepped down from crime fighting due to the meta-humans arrival, now finds himself in position to fight one more time as he knows he is the only one who can stop Gotham from being destroyed. During this journey, he finds himself once again dealing with the one he intuitively despised, Amanda Waller. The feeling was mutual.

Featured Films

The Cyprus Comic Con team has also chosen some films that will be shown before and after our Film Festival selected submissions, both on Saturday, 20th of April and Sunday, 21st of April.

Saturday Featured Films

The Toys That Made Us – Star Wars

Showtime: 11:00

United States – Runtime 51m – Rating: PG | Genre – Documentary, History | Director – Tom Stern | Writer – Benjamin J. Frost

In 1977, after being rejected by Mattel and Hasbro, Lucasfilm signed with Kenner Products to have toys produced for their sci-fi film Star Wars. This was a huge gamble, as Kenner was a small toy company at the time and the negotiation process started late due to George Lucas’ secrecy over the ship designs. Since then, toy sales of the Star Wars franchise have totaled to US$14 billion worldwide.

Fish Bowl

Showtime: 14:20

Cyprus – Runtime 6:13 – Rating: G | Director – Andreas Sheittanis | Writer – Andreas Sheittanis | Key Cast – Kostas Silvestros

A lonely man’s mental survival in his fish bowl.

Kill Ben Lyk

Showtime: 14:30

UK, France – Runtime 1h 20m – Rating: PG13 | Genre – Comedy, Thriller |  Director – Erwan Marinopoulos | Writers – Jean-Christophe Establet, Oliver Maltman and Erwan Marinopoulos | Key Cast – Eugene Simon, Dimitri Leonidas, Bronson Webb, Ashley Thomas, Simone Ashley, Adam Astill, Gretchen Egolf

Within 24 hours, three people have been murdered in London, all by the name of Ben Lyk. Scotland Yard decides to gather together all the other Ben Lyks located in London until they can figure out who’s after them and why.

Indie Game: The Movie

Showtime: 19:00

Canada – Runtime 1h 43m – Rating: G | Genre – Documentary, Drama | Directors – Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Key Cast – Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Showtime: 21:00

UK, United States – Runtime 1h 40m – Rating: R | Genre – Comedy, Musical | Director – Jim Sharman | Writers – Richard O’Brien, Jim Sharman | Key Cast – Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Sunday Featured Films

Turbo Kid

Showtime: 14:30

Canada, New Zealand – Runtime 1h 33m – Rating: R | Genre – Action, Adventure, Horror | Directors – Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell | Writers – Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl | Key Cast – Munro Chambers, Laurence Lebouef, Michael Ironside

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 1997, a comic book fan adopts the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord.

The Toys That Made Us – He-Man

Showtime: 17:00

United States – Runtime 46m – Rating: PG | Genre – Documentary, History | Director – Tom Stern | Writer – Benjamin J. Frost

The story behind Mattel’s “Masters of the Universe” toy line featuring iconic characters like the heroic He-Man and the villainous Skeletor, became one of the most popular media franchises aimed at young boys in the 1980s.

The Smash Brothers

Showtime: 19:00

United States – Runtime 4h 18m – Rating: PG | Genre – Documentary | Director – Travis Beauchamp | Writer – Travis Beauchamp

The Smash Brothers is a nine-part documentary series that examines the history of the competitive Super Smash Bros. community, in particular the game Super Smash Bros. Melee and eight of the most dominant players throughout its history, including Joel “Isai” Alvarado, Jason Zimmerman, Juan Debiedma, Joseph Marquez, PC Chris, and Ken Hoang.

Rating Explanations:

GGeneral Audience, Suitable for all

PGParental Guidance, some scenes may not be suitable for young children

RRestricted, not suitable for kids under 16, strong language or visuals