Who needs Cannes when you could attend the Cypriot International Film Festival?


The 9th International Film Festival will be held from 8th to 17th April  2011 and will take place as in previous years in Nicosia and Limassol.  Limassol is approximately 30 minutes from Bella and Nicosia just over an hour away so why not attend the festival and enjoy the fabulous beaches on the West Coast of Cyprus!

The deadline for those wishing to enter a film isn’t until 15th February so there’s still time for those budding film makers out there.

The award of the films submitted in competition for this year’s festival will be assigned to an international jury whose names are still to be announced later. The award categories are as follows: (a) A ‘Best Film Award together with the sum of 7,000 euro and the Second Best Film Award together with the amount of 3,000 euro.

With the addition of International Competition feature films in the festival it is expected to be an exciting year.  They hope to discover new talent and new stories from around the world.

Interested parties are invited to submit application form by February 15, 2011.

Details on the conditions and application form can be obtained on the website www.filmfestival.com.cy and www.cyprusfilmdays.com

For additional information on telephone numbers 00357 7777 2552 or emailing info@filmfestival.com.cy

To book accommodation at Bella Vista for the film festival contact bellavistacyprus@hotmail.co.uk

Booking a New Year holiday? Sun or snow? Ski or beach? In Cyprus you can have both.

Cyprus is fortunate to be at the southernmost part of the Mediterranean situated just off the coast of Turkey and close to Egypt meaning a temperate climate for most of the year.





Paphos is conveniently situated on the West coast of Southern Cyprus which has slightly milder weather than the East.  Paphos is slightly cooler in the summer months (also temperatures can still rise to 50 degrees in August!) and the winter weather is milder too with the lowest dip in daytime temperatures being 15 degrees on the coast.

In the winter months however it is possible for you to drive for an hour into the snow filled Troodos mountains to ski on one of the many slopes there and then return to the coast for an apres ski barbeque sometimes still in temperatures of 18 degrees – freezing cold to a Cypriot but pretty warm if you’ve come from the UK!

The Troodos mountains can be picturesque in the winter with the snowy pine forests resembling a Christmas card winter scene ensuring that the British and Northern European ex-pats don’t get home sick.

The Cyprus ski season usually lasts between 4-6 weeks from February-March check this website for updates on weather for skiing in Cyprus and updates on the opening of the slopes http://www.skicyprus.com/

What could be better than a ski and beach holiday rolled into one?