Filmmaker on the verge...
Stelana Kliris is a South African Cypriot writer / director with a background in editing and production on international film and commercial productions in Greece and Cyprus. The brands she has worked with include Samsung, T-Mobile, Omega and Infinity Cars.
She recently wrote, directed and produced her first feature film entitled "Committed". This was an independent feature shot entirely in Cyprus that has been screened at international film festivals around the world. It has also been distributed commercially in several territories and has been optioned for an American remake.
Stelana graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University in South Africa and has completed post-graduate courses in writing and directing at institutions such as the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. She has directed two short documentaries, one on the Olympic Truce which aired on the state Greek channel ERT Digital and the other based on subcultures in South Africa, which was screened at festivals in Paris, Amsterdam and New York. The latter is currently being used as part of an academic programme at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. She also directed a public service announcement for POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) which was selected amongst the top ten at the Vuka Awards in 2002 and was screened across Africa.
Stelana has also shot two short narrative films. The first was "The Fiddler", which was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and screened at several international festivals. It was awarded at the Drama International Short Film Festival in Greece in 2011 and subsequently screened at over 50 venues around the country.
Her second short "Hope" was inspired by the 1974 war in Cyprus and received a special mention at the 2012 Cyprus International Short Film Festival.
She is inspired by stories with heart and humanity and she has a wealth of tales from her multi-cultural upbringing in countries with complicated political situations, like South Africa and Cyprus.