Having completed the first part of its program in Spetses, the Aegean Film Festival has travelled to Paros, to present the environmental program “Echoes – Call to Action”, from the 30th of July to the 2nd of August.
The first part of the Aegean Film Festival in Spetses closed with the film Window Boy Would Also Like To Have a Submarine. On Saturday, July 24, the festival hosted the awards ceremony for the Best Aegean Short Film and Best Greek Short Film awards at the Bikini Bar, located in the old port of the island. The awards, which included a special mention, were given in unanimity by the four members of the jury: Eva Sangiorgi, artistic director of Vienna International Film Festival, Jukka-Pekka Laakso, artistic director of the Tampere Film Festival, Phaedra Vokali, general director of the Hellenic Film Academy, and film critic and journalist Thodoris Koutsogiannopoulos.
The Best Aegean Short Film was awarded to Naya by Sebastian Mulder. A documentary following Naya, a wolf that walked from East Germany to Belgium tagged with a GPS collar. The first wolf in Belgium in 100 years, she suddenly makes headlines, but her presence takes a mysterious turn. This voyeuristic collage of wildlife and surveillance camera footage explores the relationship between humans and this iconic wild animal.
The Best Greek Short Film was awarded to Route-3 by Thanasis Neofotistos. In a tram on Route-3, the Old Lady in the leopard dress treats the passengers with juicy oranges during a hot, but rainy day in the centre of Sarajevo. Nadja, the princess-teen in her pink hijab; Luka, the virgin bully; an Orthodox Priest; an old creepy man and many, many more ordinary people in this tram have nothing in common, but a juicy slice of orange. All except a shy, yet horny, teenager named Amar.
The Special Jury Mention was awarded to As if Underwater by Anthi Daoutaki. The film tells the story of Hera, a 35 year-old woman. Her home is her world and her world is magical. Her loneliness is filled with objects. She forgets herself in her daily routine and gets tangled in her made-up micro worlds. Her difficulty to cope with social gender norms and an awkward encounter with a jeweler, lead her to buy a wedding ring. The ring gives life to an imaginary relationship, fleeting like a dream.
On Friday the 30th of July, the Helidoni Foundation opened the Echoes Programme with a presentation and panel focused on Sustainability and Conscious Consumption. Afterwards, the short film, Li Paradisi as well as the premiere screening of the documentary The Great Green Wall took place.
On Saturday the 31st of July, WaterBear presented and hosted a panel on Storytelling and Inspiring the Next Generation. Cine Enastron screened the premiere of the documentary Landscape Zero preceded by the short film, Last of My Kind, as well as the selected short film programme from the affiliated Tampere Film Festival and the documentary Taming the Garden at the Lefkes Pop Up Cinema.
On Sunday the 1st of August, the presentation of the Mission Blue & Healing Lesvos project took place, accompanied by the Aegean Carbon Initiative panel and the presentation of the documentary Blue Carbon, followed by the premiere screening of Observations At 65o South, preceded by the short films Microplastics in the Aegean and Mother of the Sea.