Ficino FilmsProducer Tia Spanos Tsonis and Writer/Director, Antonis Tsonis founded Ficino Films, a new independent film house based in Melbourne, Australia. Ficino Films aspires to create contemporary and world cinema productions that reach out to international audiences. It’s 2013 short film entitled, The Firebird (25 minutes) was multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed. It enjoyed particular success in Italy, London, New York, Indonesia and North America in over 35 festivals, including a selection in the Focus on World Cinema Category - Montreal World Film Festival.
Investors | CollaboratorsFicino Films welcomes international investors and collaborators to contact us regarding future projects with a World Cinema focus.
Stamatia (Tia) Spanos TsonisTia is from Melbourne, Australia. She has produced and distributed four short films, all of which have travelled internationally and or have won awards. She has worked on many PR & Marketing campaigns in the entertainment and publishing industry and her inspiration to produce comes from her desire to share stories that are unrelenting in their expression of the human condition.
Antonis TsonisBorn in Athens, Greece, Antonis lives in Australia, where he studied law and history and received his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Melbourne. Antonis has made 3 successful experimental short films and 1 internationally acclaimed featurette. His 2013 independent short film, The Firebird, has been celebrated in over 35 festivals worldwide and has received many awards and nominations including Best Dramatic Short Film at the Manhattan Film Festival. Antonis has been nominated and won acclaim for Best Director in a number of international festivals including the Levante International Film Festival, Italy and the Federico Fellini Award for Outstanding Direction in Indonesia. In 2015, he is completing his next World Cinema piece entitled 3000 which is set in Athens, Greece. 3000 embraces the themes of friendship, love and heartache against the contemporary backdrop of the country's financial and ethical crisis. He has also become a recipient of the Deluxe Heartbeat Fund.
Letter from Ficino
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Marsilio Ficino to Andrea Cambini, best of companions: greetings.
FOR a long time now, my most beloved companion, I have been much in your debt for many reasons, but above all else for this, that today, when my spirit was weighed down with a strange weariness, you have freed it from a rather troublesome burden. For you have sent me three speeches of your kinsman, Francesco Pucci, to read. Reading them has delighted me so much that I can scarcely find enough words of matching quality to express his delight. For those things which satisfy a need usually give the greatest pleasure. In fact, the qualities I look for above all others in speeches are these: meanings that are clear and not hidden, fullness without excess, brevity without defect, but whole and measured, and lastly, appropriateness and fine choice of words. To these might be added, where possible, the amazing skill of the painter, which presents to the eyes the subject itself. So when I actually found all these in your kinsman’s speeches, I was, of course, absolutely delighted. For this reason, dear friend, I am enormously grateful both to you and to him.
5th June, 1489