Tonia is a Cypriot director, scriptwriter 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, one of the artistic directors of Cyprus Film Days International Festival and vice president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus.
Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, her love for the moving image from an early age, led her to pursue her dream and become a filmmaker. She studied Media Production in the UK and then moved back to Cyprus to start working as a director and producer, also creating her own production company.
She loves experimenting with different mediums- 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. Between 2011 and 2014, she directed five performances for the stage, in Cyprus, all of which got very good reviews. Particularly, the experimental performance “Inanimate collateral loop” (2011), a collaboration with a choreographer and an applied artist, participated in the group video exhibition “Undefine” at Marl’s Glass-Box Museum in Marl, Germany. Her short film, “Dead End” (2013), has won 5 awards and over 35 nominations for the film’s official selection at International Film Festivals all over the world, including the Golden Pardino – Leopards of tomorrow at the 66th Locarno Film Festival in 2013, where the film made its World Premiere. “Dead end” is also represented by SND Films (Amsterdam) and has been sold to Japan, China, USA, Belgium, Russia and France. Her film “Lullaby of the Butterfly” (2014) was officially selected at 20th Sarajevo Film Festival for its World Premiere in August 2014 and has also won the Best National Film and Best Cinematography Awards at the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus in 2014. She has just completed her debut feature film “Pause” (2018), a Cyprus/Greece co-production, funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, the Greek Film Centre and SEE Cinema Network and represented by Film Republic (UK). She is also developing her second and third feature films “Nala” and “Hambis and the goblins” the latter of which is being developed through Sources2 scriptwriting workshop (supported by Creative Europe), with script development funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus.
She has worked on other Directors’ short and feature films as 1st Assistant Director, Production Manager and Executive Producer. She has also exhibited her photography work many times over the years and won various awards in national and international photography competitions.
You can view a selection of her work on VIMEO.
“Nala” | feature | drama (in development)
“Hambis and the goblins” | feature | fantasy/musical (in development)
“Pause” (2018) | 96min | Cyprus/Greece | drama | dir. Tonia Mishiali
“Lullaby of the Butterfly” (2014) 20′ – social/drama/mystery
“Dead End” (2013) 15” – drama/comedy
“Blind Passions” (2010) 33′ – period drama
“The road to the windmill” by Electra Georgiades (2014) – staged reading (ETHAL)
“Centuries away from Alaska” by Akis Demou (2013) – musical play (DIONYSOS THEATRE)
“The woman who cooked her husband” by Debbie Isitt (2012) – play (INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION – SATIRIKO THEATRE)
“Inanimate Collateral Loop – part II” (2011) – experimental/performance (INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION – PALLAS THEATRE)
“Inanimate Collateral Loop” (2011) – experimental/performance (INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION – PANTHEON GALELRY)
WORK ON OTHER DIRECTORS’ FILMS
“The islander” | feature | romantic comedy | dir. Stelana Kliris (in development)
“To the moon and back” (2018) | 10min. | Cyprus | drama/romance | dir. Stelana Kliris (in post-production)
“Magic beans” (2015) by Theodoros Panayides – feature film – comedy – Executive Producer
“Family member” (2015) by Marinos Kartikkis – feature film – drama – Executive Producer
“Aishe is going on vacation” (2013) by Haris Therapis 20’ short film – drama – Co-producer
“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