FILM + VIDEO + STORYTELLING
MINOS PAPAS (D.G.C.)
DIRECTOR • PRODUCER • SCREENWRITER
Minos Papas is an award-winning Director and Producer with over 20 years of professional experience. His first gig was pulling focus on 16mm for a German ZDF TV crew at the age of 16. Minos comes from a family of acclaimed filmmakers and he grew up on sets, in castings and in projection booths.
In 1999 Minos moved to NYC from Cyprus to formalize his film education at the School of Visual Arts. After picking up the school's best cinematography award, he established Cyprian Films, New York (CFNY) to make independent films and commercial videos.
Since then, CFNY's films have been sold and distributed commercially, and have screened at major festivals and markets winning awards and distinctions at the Tribeca Film Festival and the NY EMMYs. He is a member of the Director's Guild of Cyprus.
Minos has enjoyed working with Martin Scorsese, filming Scarlett Johansson, and having his work compared to David Lynch in the press. He is into Tarkovsky, Kubrick, football (soccer), death metal and kittens.
Liz’s extensive background in dance, theater and film informs a unique style to stories with complex subject matter. The NY Times describes her work as “imaginative... both lovely and disturbing”. Her films have received awards and distinctions at multiple film festivals including Best Director at Diversity in Cannes 2020, Best Screenplay at Brand Film Festival London, Best World Film & Best Actress at SoHo International Film Festival and a NY EMMY from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Her short film STRANGERS’ REUNION was 1 of 5 winning scripts to be fully produced by Ritz-Carlton & Hearst. Created with RSA Hong Kong, Final Cut NY, Jungle Sound, Glassworks, and mentoring by Academy Award Nominee Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas), it was released internationally in 6 languages.
Informed by a multifaceted career as a choreographer, performer, producer Liz understands the boundaries, freedoms and unexpected surprises in live art. She has collaborated with Pam Tanowitz & Fisher Center @ BARD; Eiko Otake at Jacob’s Pillow, CAP UCLA & UCROSS; curator Lili Chopra at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and more. These films have been broadcast on PBS/ALL ARTS, screened at Venice Biennale Danza and Lincoln Center Dance on Camera among others.
Liz has served as a judge of the IDA Documentary Awards, is a member of NYWIFT, and is an Asian Women Giving Foundation grant recipient,. Her work is continually expanding stories about community, family and disability with a bold and true-to-life style of expression.
DIRECTOR • PRODUCER