Buffer Zone

Buffer Zone

Two young soldiers across enemy lines fall in love and find escape from their oppressive environments through music.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF64.

Direction: Savvas Stavrou
Script: Savvas Stavrou
Cinematography: Anna MacDonald
Editing: Mdhamiri Á Nkemi
Sound: Joakim Sundström
Music: Angus MacRae
Actors: Andreas Marcou, Adnan Mustafa
Production: Soña Films
Producers: Sophie Reynolds, Thomas Hawkins, Peter Stephanou
Co-production: Seahorse Films
Costumes: Caterina Ttakka
Production Design: Lydia Mandridou
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Cyprus, United Kingdom
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 16'
Contact: Shortcuts Distribution (festival@shortcuts.pro)
Awards/Distinctions: Drama Queer Award & Best Male Performance Award – National Competition DISFF 2023

Savvas Stavrou

Savvas Stavrou is a Cypriot-born writer and director based in London and an alumnus of the Sundance Lab, Berlinale Talents, BFI Network @ LFF, and Zurich Academy. His short films have screened internationally at festivals, with A Jar of Nuts winning Best Short at the Oscar-qualifying Tirana Film Festival. He is currently developing his first feature The Ones Left Behind, which was one of eight projects selected to participate at the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Lab in 2018.


2010 Song to the Siren (short)
2014 Dorothea (short)
2019 A Jar of Nuts (short)
2023 Buffer Zone (short)