Another Official Selection in LA

I am excited that “Lullaby of the butterfly” will get to screen again in Los Angeles, California, this October, at the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts (Shorts and Micro Cinema). The film has been officially selected for the festival’s 4th edition which takes place 9-11 October 2015. More details soon!


Official selection at Encounters UK and more…


I am thrilled to announce that “Lullaby of the butterfly” has been officially selected at the 21st Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol UK. This is the second time one of my films is selected at this prestigious Festival (DEAD END was part of 19th Encounters) and I am particularly proud.

Encounters Festival presents one of the world’s leading International Competitions for short film and animation, and is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: The BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon D’Or and a qualifying festival for The Academy Awards®. Each year the Encounters Festival Grand Prix winners qualify for consideration in the Short Film category of the Annual Academy Awards®. Filmmakers screening in competition are eligible for BAFTA nomination, and our EFA and Cartoon D’or nominees can go on to receive these top awards later in the year. Over 2,000 films are submitted each year, and only around 200 are selected to screen in competition during the festival. This year it takes place 15-20 September.

Here is the list of the films officially selected for this edition.

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And since I haven’t posted anything in a while the film has been officially selected in a number of other festivals around the world (since my last post).

Clare Valley Film Festival in Australia presented Lullaby of the butterfly in a Special edition program on 30 May 2015.

– Rencontre de Film Marocain a Fès Maroc (20th edition) in Fès, Morocco officially selected the film (3-6 June 2015)
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (9th edition) in Los Angeles California  (3-7 June 2015) officially selected the film and it presented it as the USA Premiere. It was one of the Festivals that I managed to attend and represent the film. The screening took place at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood.

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Mediterranean Film Festival Split (8th edition) in Split, Croatia (5 -13 June 2015) officially selected the film
– Very proud once again that Helsinki International Film Festival ‘Love & Anarchy’ has invited one of my films for competition. This year will be the 28th edition of the Festival in Helsinki Finland (17-27 Sept. 2015).

– And again proud to be part of the Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangiers (13th edition) in Tangiers, Morocco (5-10 Oct. 2015) as part of the official selection


More Official Selections for “Lullaby of the butterfly”

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I am thrilled to announce that “Lullaby of the butterfly” has been selected in the special programme of the 27th Filmfest Dresden International Film Festival, called “Cinema Roulette” (Thursday, 16th April 2015) which will be screened in the festival location “Altes Wettbüro”, a popular bar and club in DresdenIt is a former casino with a unique character and the programme is referring to this historical function. In this sense it is composed of films that have been selected among the entries to the 27th festival edition.

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I am also happy that “Lullaby of the butterfly” has been officially selected in 7th Leiden International Film Experience Festival in the Netherlands to be held on April 30, May 1 and May 2, 2015. This will be the film’s premiere in the Netherlands. LISFE is an annual festival held in the city of Leiden, The Netherlands, dedicated to the most original and creative form of film making: short films. LISFE promotes a wider experience of cinema outside theaters through short films of different genres, origins, purposes and forms and implementations, such as video installations or live performances. LISFE has so far presented in both historical and captivating venues more than 600 short films from over 50 different countries. Until today, 20 awards have been granted to encourage and promote a new generation of filmmakers.

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Another piece of good news is that my film was selected and screened at the Film Festival Berlin Feminist Film Week (a non-competitive Festival) in Berlin, Germany, a Festival where they show films with strong female leads and by women directors. Our film screened in a short film section called “Motherhood=Horror” on March 12th 2015 at 21.30.

Another selection of the film is for the EU Film Fest in China planned for late September / Early October 2015. More details coming soon.

“Lullaby of the butterfly” screening in Nicosia

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For those who missed the screening of our film at the SHORT FILM DAY Event last month will get the chance to watch it at Cine Studio on February 25th 2015 at 21.00

The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus in co-operation with the Communications department of the University of Nicosia and The Friends of Cinema Society Nicosia

say goodbye to winter with a special screening of all Cypriot films that participated in the National Competition of the 2014 edition of the Festival.

The screenings will take place at Cine Studio on February 25th 2015 at 21.00

Admission is free.


Για όσους έχασαν την προβολή της ταινίας μας στο SHORT FILM DAY Event τον περασμένο μήνα, θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να παρακολουθήσουν στο Cine Studio στις 25 Φεβρουαρίου 2015 21.00

Το Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Ταινιών Μικρού Μήκους Κύπρου σε μια συνεργασία με το τμήμα επικοινωνίας του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας και τον Όμιλο Φίλων Κινηματογράφου

αποχαιρετά τον χειμώνα με  ειδική προβολή όλων των Κυπριακών ταινιών που συμμετείχαν στο Εθνικό διαγωνιστικό τμήμα του το 2014, στο Cine Studio.

Οι προβολές θα γίνουν στις 25 Φεβρουαρίου στις 21.00 και η είσοδος είναι ελεύθερη.


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“Lullaby of the butterfly” in Nicosia for SHORT FILM DAY


All winning films from the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, including “Lullaby of the butterfly” will be will be screened on Sunday 21st of December 2014 in Nicosia at Ermou 300 at 6pm as part of the SHORT FILM DAY Event.

The International short film Festival of Cyprus in collaboration with the Le jour le plus Court (Short Film Day) celebrates the official Short Film Day on the 21st of December with the screening of great new short films in an interesting and non conventional location.

During the shortest day of the year, Ermou 300, within the walls of the old town of Nicosia, will host this alternative cinematic event in a Short Film Day Celebration. The Nicosia audience will have the opportunity to watch the award winning short films of the ISFFC 2014 competition. The event is organized and supported by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and the Rialto Theatre.

The screenings will be accompanied with drinks and local delicacies.

Stating time at 18:00

Venue: Ermou 300, Nicosia

Information: 99 43 17 78



The screening films are (in order of presentation):

Lullaby of the butterfly / Tonia Mishiali

Not Now / Myrsini Aristidou

Afterthoughts / Ivan Charalambous

Letters to Cyprus / Sholeh Zahraei & Kamil Saldun

Tau Seru / Rodd Rathjen

The Chicken / Lina Gunjak

Notes on Blindness / Peter Middleton , James Spinney

As he Lay Falling / Ian Waugh

Supervenus / Frederic Doazan

Meu Amigo Nietzsche / Fauston da Silva

The boy with a camera for a face / Spencer Brown

Drag Me: An Urban Music Tale / Nikos Kellis

2 awards at the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus


We are feeling so blessed and so happy…
The jury of the Int’l Short Film Festival of Cyprus has awarded the 1st prize for “best film” to our film “Lullaby of the butterfly” and Director Tonia Mishiali “for the accuracy of her script and the courage to direct such a complex, disturbing and moving film”.
The jury also awarded our film with the “Best Cinematography award” to Cinematographer George Rahmatoulin “for the original and efficient way the camera manages to penetrate the psychological world of the protagonist and to outline her external and internal character throughout the film”.

Special thanks to the jury and the organizers of the Festival! But most importantly special thanks to the cast, crew, co-producers and sponsors if the film and to my family who has helped make this film possible!






The Short Film Festival in Drama travels to Athens…

Το Φεστιβάλ Δράμας έχει ξεκινήσει τo ταξίδι του και σας προσκαλεί στην Αθήνα από 23 έως 29 Οκτωβρίου στον κινηματογράφο Τριανόν (Κοδριγκτώνος 21 & Πατησίων).

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Όσοι θα ήθελαν να παρευρεθούν στην προβολή της ταινίας μας “Το νανούρισμα της πεταλούδας” μπορούν να μου στείλουν email για να τους προμηθεύσουμε με προσκλήσεις (τις οποίες μπορείτε να παραλάβετε από το γραφείο του Φεστιβάλ (Εμμανουήλ Μπενάκη 71, Εξάρχεια) ή στο ταμείο του Τριανόν).

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Off to Drama…

The 37th short film Festival in Drama, Greece began yesterday and a small team representing our film is travelling to Drama tomorrow, the Director Tonia Mishiali and lead actress Alexia Charalambidou!

Our film screens on Thursday 18th Sept at 10pm as part of the National Competition. We will be posting photos and news from Drama keeping you updated….



Athens and Kathmandu Official Selections!

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“Lullaby of the butterfly” has been officially selected in two more International Festivals, the Athens International Film Festival ‘Opening Nights’ in Greece and the 3rd Eka Deshma Festival De Contemporary Cinema in Nepal.

Our film has been selected in the National Competition Section of the Athens International Film Festival ‘Opening Nights’ to be held in Athens, Greece 17-28 Sept. 2014. Our film is to be screened on Friday 26th September at Odeon Opera at 5.30pm

You can view the detailed schedule of ‘Opening Nights’ Festival HERE.

You can view the programme of the day of our film’s screening HERE.

This is the Festival’s 20th birthday, featuring over 100 feature films from all over the world, three competition sections, special tributes, documentaries and more than 60 homegrown shorts.


The 3rd Eka Deshma Festival De Contemporary Cinema had invited our film to apply to the Festival and a few weeks ago we got the wonderful news that the film has been officially selected to compete in the Changing Perspective Section of the Festival to be held in Kathmandu from September 19-21, 2014. Changing Perspective is the section for selected new works by talented filmmakers, which is unconventional form of expression, which is focused on narration of identifying a search and formats with strong in depth imaginative short which fulfill audiences various appetite of viewing experience.





Ready for Sarajevo and more…


Taking a break from trying to pack everything for Sarajevo Film Festival and “Lullaby of the butterfly”‘s World Premiere…

Feeling really excited that the film will be screened at the National Theatre on August 22nd at 2pm. The event is a red carpet ceremony and this is even more exciting…

We will keep you posted with news and photos from Sarajevo!



Furthermore, the film has been officially selected for the Short Film Festival in Drama in September as well as the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus in October 2014. We are feeling blessed!

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