BIOGRAPHY OF TONIA MISHIALI
Tonia Mishiali was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. She graduated from The English School Nicosia (a private English-speaking High School in Cyprus) and then moved to Oxford, UK, to study Hotel & Catering Management only to find out that her true passion was directing; she therefore proceeded to achieve a BA(Hons) in Media Production at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. After her graduation she moved to Cyprus to start working as a director and producer, also creating her own production company Zipcode production&design.
She loves experimenting with different mediums- in her career she has directed and produced for theatre, film, video and television in Cyprus and abroad, dealing with a variety of subjects and adopting original approaches. She has exhibited her work and participated in a big number of national and international film and performance festivals. Her second short film, “DEAD END” (2013), has won 5 awards, including 2 for “Best Director” and numerous nominations, including the Golden Pardino – Leopards of tomorrow for the film’s official selection at Locarno Film Festival in 2013. The same film was officially selected in more than 40 International Film Festivals all over the world, representing Cyprus with pride. Her 3rd short film “Lullaby of the Butterfly” (2014) was officially selected at Sarajevo Film Festival for its World Premiere in August 2014. She is now developing her debut feature film “Menopause”.
She has also worked on other Directors’ short and feature films as Assistant Director, Production Manager and Executive Producer. She also loves photography and has won various awards in national and international photography competitions. In addition she has exhibited her photography work in various group exhibitions as well as in one of her own – “Only one in colour” – in June 2010 in Nicosia, Cyprus. She holds the position of Film Representative in the Board of Directors of the Directors Guild of Cyprus since January 2014.
“Lullaby of the Butterfly” (2014) 19’54” short film – drama
“Dead End” (2013) 15′ short film – drama
“Blind Passions” (2010) – period drama
“Centuries away from Alaska” (2013) by Akis Demou – musical play
“The woman who cooked her husband” (2012) by Debbie Isitt– play
“Inanimate Collateral Loop – part II” (2011) – experimental/performance
“Inanimate Collateral Loop” (2011) – experimental/performance
WORK ON OTHER DIRECTORS’ FILMS
“Magic beans” (2015) by Theodoros Panayides (in post-production) feature film – comedy – Production Manager / Executive Producer
“Family member” (2015) by Marinos Kartikkis (in post-production) feature film – drama – Production Manager
“Aishe is going on vacation” (2013) by Haris Therapis 20’ short film – drama – 1st Assistant Director / Production Manager
“Dreams of memory” (2011) by Costas Chrysanthou 18’55” short documentary – drama/war – 1st Assistant Director
“Gimme 6” (2001) by Rita Leena Lynne 8×30’ mini series – drama/childrens – Assistant to Director