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’ recent feature film, BEHIND THE MIRROR (2015) was awarded Best Thriller at the Manhattan and the Mexico International Film Festivals. His most recent short film, TANGO ON THE BALCONY is currently touring the festival circuit after a successful presentation at the Cannes Short Film Corner. The film is a proof of concept for an upcoming feature film about veterans and PTSD and Minos was awarded the Best Director award at the Int’l Short Film Festival of Cyprus for it.
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.