An award winning Cypriot writer and film director. He has twice won the Best Cypriot film award and has flourished in cypriot and international filmmaking since the participation of his first short film, “Airport for sale”, at the 53rd Oberhausen Film Festival in 2007. He was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1972. His father was a pioneer filmmaker mostly working in television and cinema commercials. Simon practically grew up on his father’s filming sets. He inevitably got involved with filmmaking at a very early age.
In 2006 he directed the short film “Airport for Sale”, for which the lead actor Antonis Katsaris, won the “Best Actor” award at the ISFFC. It later screened in various film festivals abroad, such as Rome, Oberhausen, Seoul, Morocco and Los Angeles amongst others. In 2009 his second short film “Absent” premiered at the ISFFC at the Rialto Theater in Limassol in 2011 and was warmly received. The film tackled a distinctly arduous theme of modern Cypriot history, the people missing in the war of 1974.
His third film, “Stahia” (“Rye”), a sombre and intricate essay on a family’s response to an expected death, won the “Best National Film” and “Best Cinematography” award at the ISFFC and the Jury Prize at the Amsterdam Short Film Festival.
Simon Farmakas worked as a Director at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation directing a wide variety of television programs from 2010 until 2015.
“Sunrise in Kimmeria”, won the “Best Cypriot Film” award at the Cyprus Film Days International Festival in 2018. He wrote and directed the film, produced with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus.
“I am in love with Cyprus’ rural part of the population and their way of life. I find the straightforwardness of the village folk, and their kind cordiality, all the while strenuously leading their harsh day-to-day routines, immensely inspirational.
I have always wanted to make a film that would portray this humble setting, and somehow rival it to more conventional ways, within the framework of a rudimentary narrative.
The style of the film, and its multifaceted approach, with its messy, peculiar but contemplated shape, is very much like myself. I am indebted to my friends and family for their support, the actors and non-actors that took part in this peripatetic journey of discovery, sometimes even meandering off of the more conventional narrative paths, exploring and embracing the authenticity of the village folk I admire so much”
- Writer/Director Simon Farmakas
|Associate Writer||Nicos Panagiotopoulos|
|Line Producer||Panayiotis Kalakos|
|Associate Producer||Kika Hadjikoumi|
|Associate Producer||Constantinos Nikiforou|
|Production Manager||Alexis Nicolaidis|
|Assistant Production Manager||Dimitris Taliotis|
|Production Assistant||Eleni Nikolaou|
|Production Assistant||Giorgos Spiris|
|Production Assistant||Andrew Lazarou|
|Production Assistant||Sasha Kovasevic|
|1st AD||Katerina Barbatsalou|
|2nd AD||Zenon Hadjipavlou|
|Script Continuity||Christina Tryfonos|
|1st Camera Assistant||Stefan Betz|
|2nd Camera Assistant||Kyriacos Mosfiliotis|
|Best Boy Gaffer||Robert Bartz|
|Best Boy Grip||George Trakoshis|
|Production Designer||Lisa Tsouloupa|
|Art Director||Constantina Andreou|
|Assistant Set Dresser||Elena Katsari|
|Props Master/Set Dresser||Savvas Keleshis|
|Standby Props||Maria Efstathiou|
|Costume Designer||Caterina Takka|
|Sound Engineer||Christos Kyriacoullis|
|Boom Operator||Stavros Terlikkas|
|Make-up Artist||Evi Zafiropoullou|
|Hair Stylist||Eleni Vavanou|
|Editor||Aliki Panagi, Simon Farmakas|
A NOTE FOR THE DEVELOPING CINEMA OF CYPRUS
|Quoting the funding body of the Cultural Services of Cyprus: “Cinema plays a particularly important role in shaping the Europeans identity, not only with regard to the social aspects that we come across throughout Europe, but also in relation to the cultural multiformity that characterises the different traditions and our different history.|
|Also, as audiovisual works in general, it is an important factor for the good operation of our democracies, due to their influence on society. A cinematographic work is a cultural product which offers important opportunities to create affluence and employment. The European Union, determines the audio-visual and cinematographic work as a cultural product, and, on this basis, permits the provision of state funding for its production (Appendix III). The Regulations aim is to assist and promote the art of cinematography and culture. It is in full harmonisation with the requirements of the European Union on Cinematography.|