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Cyprus to hold its first international film festival in March
2006-02-23 13:39:12

Nicosia, Cyprus (AP) - Organizers of Cyprus’ first International Film Festival said that they hope the March 24-27 event will attract young filmmakers and diversify the island’s vital tourism industry.

Some 130 movies from 40 countries will compete for the top award, the Golden Aphrodite, and $20,000 US cash prize.

“(The festival) will put Cyprus on the scene of international events,” said Mr. Vakis Loizides of the Cyprus Tourism Organization, an event sponsor. “Cultural tourism is a priority for us,” he added.

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