Tonia Mishiali

Writer / Director
  • Pause
    Pause (2018) Co-Producer | Writer / Director

    Trapped in the misery of an oppressive marriage, Elpida finds refuge in a fantasy world of vindictive violence. Soon, reality and fantasy start to blur.

  • I don't like the wind, I like the sun
    I don't like the wind, I like the sun (2020) Producer | Writer / Director

    The achievement of independence, social inclusion and employment, fuel the sense of happiness and brighten the lives of a group of people with intellectual disability.

  • Lullaby of the Butterfly
    Lullaby of the Butterfly (2014) Producer | Writer / Director

    Following a mysterious phone call, a woman grabs a kitchen knife and sets out on a journey to an unknown destination, leaving ‘her life’ behind.

  • Dead End
    Dead End (2013) Producer | Writer / Director

    The loss of youth, social and professional activity intensifies the sense of loneliness, the obsessions and the “dead end” in the life of an elderly couple.

  • I can hear my footsteps
    I can hear my footsteps (2020) Producer | Writer / Director

    March 2020. During the night hours of curfew, a woman is walking her dog. The lack of traffic in the streets intensifies the sounds coming from the surrounding houses, but also her own footsteps.

  • Perhaps I am already dead
    Perhaps I am already dead (2021) Producer | Writer / Director

    March 2020. Lockdown during the pandemic. Homebound. Dreams. Thoughts. Feelings. Fear of death. Having been experiencing sleep paralysis for years, I share a day in my 'isolated' life during the quarantine.

  • Senior Citizen
    Senior Citizen (2020) Producer

    An old man sneaks in the hospital every night to sleep, just so he won't feel alone.

  • To the moon and back
    To the moon and back (2018) Producer

    A young man has to tell his girlfriend that he has been accepted on a one-way mission to Mars.

  • Bark Like A Cat Films
    Bark Like A Cat Films Managing Director | Producer | Screenwriter | Writer / Director

    Bark Like A Cat Films, established in 2020 by filmmaker Tonia Mishiali, is a film production company based in Cyprus. It was created with the aim to support Tonia’s own directing projects, as well as daring films by filmmakers with an attitude. Tonia has been independently producing films and collaborating closely with A.B. Seahorse Film Productions and Meraki Films since 2012. She is a member of the Hellenic and European Film Academies and the European Women's Audiovisual Network, Berlinale Talents alumna and co-artistic director of Cyprus Film Days International Festival. Her work as both director and producer has been awarded the FIPRESCI Prize among many others, and received rave reviews from the trades and other established media. PAUSE (2018), which was also her directorial debut, was listed as one of “20 most daring films of 2019” by Rotten Tomatoes and its screenplay is listed in the core collection of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her films have been officially selected in numerous prestigious and ‘A’ list international film festivals like Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Cairo, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Stockholm and, Sydney at which she was selected in the European Film Promotion’s "Europe! voices of women in film 2019" section, where films by Europe's ten most outstanding women directors were presented. Her projects have been developed and presented at markets and workshops such as cocoPITCH, Karlovy Vary Works-in-Progress and Midpoint TV launch and have been released theatrically in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia, while streaming on major platforms. In 2020, Bark Like A Cat produced three short films directed by Tonia Mishiali, two experimental shorts shot in quarantine, PERHAPS I AM ALREADY DEAD and I CAN HEAR MY FOOTSTEPS, the latter of which was funded and distributed by the Cyprus Ministry of Culture, and the documentary I DON’T LIKE THE WIND, I LIKE THE SUN which had its world premiere in the official documentary shorts competition of Oscar qualifying Tirana International Film Festival 2020. Bark Like A Cat is developing the short film BOYS OF SUMMER by award-winning director Emilios Avraam, which has been selected to participate in Midpoint Shorts development workshop. The company is also developing the second and third feature films of a trilogy, NALA AND STELLA and MAYA, to be directed by Tonia Mishiali and produced by herself and long-time collaborator producer Stelana Kliris and co-produced by Poland-based Anna Rózalska’s Match&Spark (PL). MAYA has won a special mention at the Screenwriters Guild of Greece 2018 Awards and has been developed through Sources2, MFI Script2Film and Torino Film Lab Next, with script development funding from the Cyprus Ministry of Culture. NALA AND STELLA has been selected to participate in the Agora Crossroads Co-production Forum 2020.

  • Family Member
    Family Member (2016) Executive Producer

    A family uses unothodox ways to cope with their financial difficulties.

  • The Magic Beans
    The Magic Beans (2016) Executive Producer

    Five portions of beans lead to comical hallucinations and weird goings-on.