ADDRESS BY DR ANDREAS DEMETRIOU, MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE
On the way to the ninth installment of what can aptly be called a mini International Film Festival, we cannot but notice how well it has grown over the years, bringing together films from a wide spectrum of the world of cinema, that work both as food for thought and sources of fine pleasure.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF NICOSIA ELENI MAVROU FOR THE 'CYPRUS FILM DAYS - International Film Festival 2011'
Cinema has the power, especially in our days, to have a great influence over people on a massive scale. Its power exceeds geographic boundaries and cultural frameworks, and breaks borders and traditions shaping ways of thinking and creating awareness.
Throughout its history cinema was and still is considered to be an art form; from the first years of its invention, cinema was also informing audiences on the existing trends and views in societies. Although a film might be a point of view on reality and not reality itself, the fact that it is inspired by human beings, makes it more accessible to us all.
It is, therefore, with great pleasure that we have seen during the past years that a series of events have emerged, which focus on cinema. The annual festival 'Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival 2011' which will be presented in Nicosia and Limassol in April with the support of the Municipality of Nicosia, is perhaps the most celebrated cinematic event, as the addition of the International Competition Section entitled Glocal Images and creates a new dynamic and a new interest.
'Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival 2011' presents filmmaking that is sincere and, often, bravely addresses social, political, and other issues that exist in contemporary societies. We are certain that cinephiles and new audiences will embrace the festival, as in previous years, and enjoy the magic of cinema.
Message from the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou for the 9th International Film Festival - Cyprus Film Days 2011 (8-17 April 2011)
It is with great pleasure that I welcome this year the 9th Film Festival 'Cyprus Film Days - 2011' which has been upgraded to an International competition festival.
The RIALTO Theatre's initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture acquires a new dimension and has now entered an exciting new phase which brings Cypriot creators and audiences in contact with the international film production and specifically with creative fiction cinema.
The Municipality of Limassol wholeheartedly supports this effort being certain not only of its success but also of its contribution to the city's and Cyprus' cultural events.
The appreciation and interest with which the audience has held this event as well as the fact that it has a continuous presence for nine years, shows its importance and its role.
The Festival's organizers - the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the RIALTO Theatre - deserve congratulations for this effort.