Tonia Mishiali

Tonia Mishiali


For me, cinema is a kind of self-therapy. You address personal issues and express with images what you cannot really say with words. When you finish the film you hopefully have resolved these issues so you can go on and make the next film...


Tonia is a Cypriot filmmaker and producer who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. She is a member of the European Film Academy and the European Women's Audiovisual Network, Berlinale Talents alumna and one of the artistic directors of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, having also served as vice president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus board.

Her short films DEAD END (2013) and LULLABY OF THE BUTTERFLY (2014) competed in more than 60 International Film Festivals together, including Locarno, Palm Springs, Cork, Busan, Dresden, Sarajevo, Encounters, Drama, also winning several awards for Best Director and Best Film. They have also been sold to Japan, China, USA, Belgium, Russia and France.

Her debut feature PAUSE (2018), a Cyprus/Greece co-production, participated in Connecting Cottbus and Mannheim Meeting Place co-production markets as well as Karlovy Vary Works-in-Progress. The film had its world premiere at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Festival and was officially selected in many film festivals including Cairo, Leeds, Stockholm and Thessaloniki, at which she received the Fipresci and the National Television prizes.

She is now developing her second and third feature films NALA and MOONSTRUCK, the latter of which is being developed through Sources2 scriptwriting workshop with funding from the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

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