Director: Anthony Maras
15 minutes

Anthony Maras returns with a third AFFIF film following Azadi (2005) and the AFI Award-winning Spike Up (2007). Set amidst the 1974 Cyprus conflict, this harrowing drama explores the tragedy that stems from pitting neighbours against one another, and the humanity that surfaces in even the bleakest of circumstances. Shot on location around the United Nations Green Line in Lefkosia, Cyprus the world’s last divided capital The Palace brings together an international cast and crew including Erol Afsin, Tamer Arslan and renowned Turkish-born actor Kevork Malikyan (Midnight Express, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade).

Festivals: Dendy Award for Short Films; Sydney FF; Melbourne FF; Telluride 2011; Flickerfest


  • Winner of the Dendy Award for Best Live Action Short
  • Best Australian Short Film- Melbourne International FF 2011
  • Winner:  Best Short Film AACTA AWARDS 2011
  • Winner: Best Screenplay Short Film AACTA  AWARDS 2011
  • Winner:  Rising Talent: Anthony Maras   IF AWARDS 2011
  • Winner: Best Australian Short Film: Flickerfest 2012


  • AWGIE Awards (Australian Writers Guild) Best screenplay short film

Film Type Short
Director Anthony Maras
Producer Julie Ryan & Anthony Maras