Ficino FilmsProducer Tia Spanos Tsonis and Writer | Director, Antonis Tsonis founded Ficino Films, an Independent film house based in Melbourne, Australia. Ficino Films aspires to create contemporary and world cinema productions that reach out to international audiences. In 2013, The Firebird (25 minutes) was multi-award winning and participated in over 35 film festivals worldwide. It enjoyed particular success in Italy, London, New York, Indonesia and North America, including a selection in the Focus on World Cinema Category - Montreal World Film Festival and won Best Dramatic Short at the Manhattan Film Festival, New York. In 2015, Tia and Antonis completed 3000 (20 mins); a Live Action Short Film set against the backdrop of a monochromatic contemporary Athens, Greece. In 2016 the film was distributed and chosen in over 70 Official Selections internationally and awards festivals and won many awards for Excellence in Film. Tia and Antonis are currently in Development with a feature film set in Sydney, Australia.
Investors | CollaboratorsFicino Films welcomes international investors and collaborators to contact us regarding future projects with a World Cinema focus.
Stamatia (Tia) Spanos TsonisTia Spanos Tsonis is a producer from Melbourne, Australia and the co-founder of Ficino Films. Tia has produced and distributed four short films; together they share in over 130 Official Selections and 85 nominations and awards including Best Short Film from many festivals across America and Europe. Two of her short films, The Firebird and 3000 also achieved limited theatrical release in the USA and Indonesia. Tia works on PR & Marketing campaigns in the entertainment, hospitality 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 TsonisAustralian writer - director, Antonis resides in Melbourne where he studied law and history and received his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Melbourne. His short films have played in over 100 film festivals and have received many awards and nominations worldwide. In 2013, his independent short film, The Firebird, received many awards and won Best Dramatic Short at the Manhattan Film Festival. In 2016, 3000 participated in over 70 International Official Selections and awards festivals, won 18 awards and received 18 nominations for Excellence in Film. Antonis has been nominated and won awards for Best Director in a number of international film festivals. In 2015 Antonis also became a recipient of the prestigious Deluxe Heartbeat Fund in Australia. Antonis' narrative and visual inspiration comes from Italian neorealist cinema and the American new wave movement. A contemporary filmmaker, Antonis is especially focused on stories about characters struggling on the fringes of society.
Letter from Ficino
Excellence of Style
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