Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Feature Film maker. Born in London, raised in Cyprus, Working in NYC.
Minos Papas hails from sunny Cyprus and is an established independent filmmaker in New York City. His films have been screened and awarded at multiple film festivals all over the world. Minos' most recent feature film, "Behind The Mirror" (2015) was awarded Best Thriller at the Manhattan and the Mexico International Film Festivals.
Son of internationally acclaimed film director Michael Papas, Minos was introduced to the film world at a young age achieving his first international award at the age of 16 with the short film Whispers (1993) at the Make-A-Video youth competition in Helsinki, Finland. He earned a BFA in Film at the School of Visual Arts and was awarded the school's top award for Cinematography. His first independent feature film, Shutterbug (2009), was released theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and Nicosia, Cyprus. Shutterbug received reviews from Variety, The Village Voice, The New York Times and many more publications and blogs which merited the film for its Lynchian atmosphere and beautiful imagery. Minos' documentary "A Short Film About Guns" (2013) won best online short at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Minos has worked with industry figures such as Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, Lisa Rinzler, Lisanne Skyler, Eric Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Andrea Bocelli and Rufus Wainwright. Minos is a member of the Director's Guild of Cyprus, a creative member of Studio-AVA, a unique video production house, and the founder of film production company Cyprian Films, New York. Minos is into Kubrick, Tarkovsky, soccer, death metal and kittens.
A Few Things About Robert Irwin
Film (Short) Cinematographer For over six decades, Robert Irwin has explored perception as the fundamental issue of art. A pioneer of the "Light and Space" movement in the 1960s Irwin regards the role of art as conditional, responding directly to the site. This film captures his life and work in seven minutes.
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Enmity: A Love Story
Film (Short and Action) Cinematographer A bloodthirsty, medieval warrior hunts down her enemy.
Best Thing You'll Ever Do
Television (Short, Comedy and Drama) Editor MAE, an up-and-coming entrepreneur in her late-30s is poised to see her idea for a startup company skyrocket. But when the gyno tells Mae that her uterus is about to close shop, Mae's maternal clock starts ticking like mad. Mae is utterly undecided about whether or not to have a baby, but her fiancee SAM wants nothing more than to have a biological family of his own. Does she seek the success she's always desired or have a baby - which many people say is "best thing you'll ever do." In the vein of 'Halt and Catch Fire', 'Best Thing You'll Ever Do' captures the precarious tightrope of work vs. family in Silicon Valley with humor and heart. Written by Monica West
Brillo Box (3 ¢ off)
Television (Documentary, Short and Family) Cinematographer 'Brillo Box (3¢ off)' follows a beloved Andy Warhol Brillo Box sculpture as it makes its way from a family's living room to a record-breaking Christie's auction, blending personal narrative with pop culture, and exploring how we navigate the ephemeral nature of art and value.
Tango on the Balcony
Film (Drama, War and Short) Writer / Director Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life, is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.
Film (Action, Comedy and Romance) Cinematographer Jack Anderson's life's in pieces; his father's in jail, his girlfriend dumped him and he can't afford the last semester of law school. His friend Gino, a fellow law student, gets him a loan from a local car dealer, and to double their money, they gamble everything. But when a sure thing falls through, Jack's left with a debt with the mob that will be hard to repay. Marrying the car dealer's illegal immigrant girlfriend may be the only way out. Written by Ari Taub
Behind the Mirror
Film (Drama and Thriller) Director / Producer Xavier (Matt Hopkins) is a traumatized writer who has recently moved to the town of New Rome with his wife, Sandra (Daniela Mastropietro), and their two children for a new start in life. When the locals begin to harass him over his objections to the real-estate development on the riverbank, Xavier lashes out. The situation becomes aggravated when he meets a stranger, who lures him into a series of shamanic sessions involving hallucinogens, forcing him to confront his demons. In the process a shadow self is born, whose influence Xavier has a hard time controlling. As the pressure from his surroundings mounts, Xavier spirals out of control, leading to a dramatic confrontation with the people around him. Written by Nicolas D. Sampson
Film (Short, Horror and Thriller) Editor After a fight with her boyfriend, a woman simmers with anger as she walks through Brooklyn's threatening streets. She is attacked, and discovers her fiercest self. The following morning, bruised but transformed, she purges and cleans.
Film (Short and Drama) Editor An eccentric artist creates a work of art that is slammed by critics. She can't understand what's wrong with it, but not everyone sees the glass half full.
Little Odysseus and the Cyclops
Film (Family) Cinematographer An eleven-year-old boy named Odysseus lives on the Greek island of Cyprus. On a visit to the Museum, he buys a small replica of a statue of Polyphemus, the Cyclops from ancient Greek mythology, and takes it home with him. That night he dreams that he is the ancient hero Odysseus caught in a storm at sea - on a deserted island he encounters a huge Cyclops in a cave. The next day Odysseus' school-friends Sophocles and Chloe come to his house to play. They accidentally bring the little statuette of the Cyclops to life, which leads them into fantastic adventures.
ArtTime in Acadiana
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Film (Short, Drama and Family) Cinematographer A young, disabled dog in foster care gets a new leash on life with the help of an older, wiser friend, in order to become adoptable and find his "furever" home.
The 50 Year Argument
Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department A documentary on the history and influence of the New York Review of Books.
Two People He Never Saw
Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and History) Cinematographer A conversation between two men at a bar. One of them says the only thing he'd care to do for Christmas would be to take two people he had never seen out to a fine dinner.
The Death of a Nation
Film (Short and News) Cinematographer Harry Vlastos is a Greek-American who works at a hostel. Bennie Cameron is the lead of D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation". Their lives will intertwine and will try to reach a conclusion regarding the happiness of fish.
A Short Film About Guns
Film (Documentary, Short, History, News and 1 More) Producer 'A Short Film About Guns' examines the illegal arms trade across the globe, featuring four experts on arms trafficking who recount their varying first hand experiences with the black market trade in areas of conflict and how the illegal flow of weapons facilitates loss of life and devastation: * Kathi Lynn Austin, arms trafficking investigator. * Ishmael Beah, former child soldier, author 'A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a Boy Soldier'. * Paul Conroy, Sunday Times war photographer. * Stuart Franklin Platt, Rear Admiral US Navy (ret.), author 'Letters From the Front Line' Director Minos Papas partnered with the Control Arms coalition, including Oxfam International, to produce the film, which was screened at the UN during the conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, 2012. Written by Anonymous
The Politics of Conflict
Film (Short, Drama, History and News) Cinematographer A bunch of world leaders have gathered in an undisclosed location to discuss how to stop arguing and exercise reasonable politics. The meeting runs into trouble from the get go. Each leader has a different opinion on how to deal with things, and soon the situation gets out of hand. Written by Anonymous
Video (Short and Drama) Cinematographer The thin emotional line between living fully and not wanting to live at all.
Dr. Dorothy I. Height: Wisdom and Ways to Care
Video (Documentary, Short, Biography and History) Cinematographer For more than 77 of her 98 years, Dr. Dorothy Height had been a champion of many causes and a role model for social workers, nurses and other human service professionals. This film commemorates her outstanding legacy, one that guided many professionals, as well as African American communities, women and the nation at large. It highlights the beneficiaries of her life work and is a tribute to her legacy of caring and social, humanitarian and political activism. Written by Anonymous
Film (Documentary) Cinematographer Fa.tal: adj- Causing ruin or destruction;disastrous / Prom.ise(s): noun- something that effects an express assurance; indication of what may be expected. Every year, an estimated 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders and forced into sexual or labour servitude. Estimates are that as many as 32 million people yearly are held in slave-like conditions for sexual or labour exploitation, 2.4 million of these individuals as a result of being trafficked. They are promised good jobs or pay, but end up forced into prostitution or working in servitude for no pay. They are emotionally and physically brutalized, starved, forced to work extremely long hours, stripped of their passports and locked away, and eventually discarded or worse, murdered. Eight years after the United Nations established the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, "Fatal Promises" offers a comprehensive look at the realities on the ground versus the rhetoric of today's ... Written by Tom Greenman
Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Actor Set in a retro dystopian 1950's, a man seeks to escape from his monotonous job.
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House of Women
Film (Drama) Cinematographer Henry Hardy has returned home from an urban street-life to redeem himself with his family. He soon begins to suspect a family friend of having evil intentions towards his young, naive sister and aloof mother. Does his past give him insight into the darkness of the souls around him, or does he simply project his own twisted perspective onto the good intentions of others? Written by Anonymous
Who Is Unita Blackwell?
Film (Documentary and Short) Cinematographer A portrait and tribute to Ms. Blackwell, who was jailed 30 times in her pursuit of a humane existence for African Americans and other non-white people living in a state of injustice and segregation during the turbulence of the 1960s; living to become the first black female Mayor in Mississippi. Written by Anonymous
Video (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Horror) Producer How far would you go to fulfill your father's last wish? Worn down from years of playing caretaker, Krystyna has only found one way to deal with the burden of looking after her stepmother. Is it a sin to kill if nobody knows but you?
Film (Short and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Set in the near future deep within a cosmopolitan financial metropolis, this story follows our heroine on a journey towards her ultimate goal. The audience, innocent to this goal, will travel through an imposing night time cityscape and witness a thriller which leaves them actively questioning whether the actions are materialistic, ethical or whether sexual desire supersedes any corporate responsibility. A timely story in a world of financial turmoil. Written by Alex Edwards
A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar...
Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department A lurid tale of lawyers, lawsuits and America's fascination with both.
Film (Short) Cinematographer A young woman arrives in New York City for the first time. In her new apartment she discovers an audio tape left behind by the previous tenant. She listens to the tape and is transported on a journey through the city, seeing it through the eyes of a poet preparing to leave forever. Written by Minos Papas
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House of the Insect
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Best Screenplay - Delhi International Shorts (Tango on the Balcony)
Best Foreign Short, Overall - Fort Worth Short Film Festival (Tango on the Balcony)
Best Foreign Short, Drama - Fort Worth Short Film Festival (Tango on the Balcony)
Founders Award - North Carolina Film Festival (Tango on the Balcony)
Best Director - Cyprus International Short Film Festival (Tango on the Balcony)
Best Thriller - Manhattan Film Festival (Behind the Mirror)
Best Thriller - Mexico International Film Festival (Behind the Mirror)
Best Online Short - Tribeca Films Festival (A Short Film About Guns)
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography - Dusty Film Festival (Kalipolis)
School of Visual Arts (New York, NY)
Arista Script Development Seminars
Zanka Film Workshop, Hungary