The Aegean Film Festival has announced the program of its 10th edition, that includes feature films, short films and documentaries, as well as parallel events that will take place in Spetses from the 18th to the 25th of July and in Paros from the 30th of July to the 2nd of August. Filmmakers and audiences will have the opportunity to watch 77 films through the 8 screening programs including 42 premieres and El Hype, this year’s media sponsor, will cover the event which celebrates a decade of existence.
This year have been submitted 852 films, in addition to 181 films that were invited, and that were carefully screened by an international judging committee consisting of 28 people from 12 different countries.
The programming team, coordinated by Stavros Markoulakis and Pavel Cuzuioc, with the valuable help of the Advisory Board, carefully curated a program consisting of 9 feature films, 13 documentaries and 55 short films from a total of 25 countries.
The opening ceremony of the 10th Aegean Film Festival will take place on Sunday the 18th of July at 21:30, in Poseidonion Square, with the screening of the demonic satire Delete History as well as the documentary Please Hold the Line that will be screened at Cine Titania.
On Monday the 19th of July, in the courtyard of the Bouboulina Museum, the public will have the pleasure of participating in a Q&A with the director of the documentary The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole (premiere) immediately after the screening, while a special screening of the documentary On the Divide will follow. At the same time, at Cine Titania the Swedish – Polish feature film Sweat will premiere.
On the next two days, the 20th and 21st of July, the Location Greece conference will take place. On Tuesday it will premiere the documentary Holy Father, in the new festival’s Pop-up venue, the Agia Marina Beach Cinema. What is more, French film The Third War will premiere at Cine Titania and the documentary The Truffle Hunters will be screened at the Pop-up venue in the garden of the Bostani restaurant.
On Wednesday 21 July, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy a programme full of feature and short films and documentaries. At Agia Marina Beach Cinema, at 21:00, the much-discussed summer dramedy Monday by Argyris Papadimitropoulos will be screened, while in the same time the audience can enjoy the documentary Yorgos of Kedros in the garden of the Museum of Bouboulina. After the screening, a Q&A with the filmmakers will take place and the selected short film programme of the collaborating Barnes Film Festival will follow. On the same day at Cine Titania at 21:30 the drama Tigers will be screened.
On Thursday 22 July, at the same venue on Agia Marina beach cinema, the documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart and at Cine Titania the film The Whaler Boy will be screened. On the same day, in the courtyard of the Museum of Bouboulina, the screening of the first two parts of the short film competition will be screened.
On Friday 23 July, at 21:30 at Cine Titania, the film The Predators will be screened, at Agia Marina Beach Cinema the tumultuous story of Tina Turner will unfold with the documentary Tina, while the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School will screen the last two parts of the short film competition.
On the last two days in Spetses, the 24th and 25th of July, awards ceremony will take place for the Feature Fiction Audience Award, the Feature Documentary Audience Award, the Best Greek Short Film Award, sponsored by the Greek Film Centre and the Best Aegean Short Film Award. The winning short films will be screened at Cine Titania on Saturday the 24th of July at 21:00, followed by The Things We Say, The Things We Do. The final feature film of the week, Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine will have its premier on Sunday the 25th of July at 21:00.
Following Spetses, the Aegean Film Festival travels to Paros for the environmental programme, Echoes- Call to Action. On Friday, the 30th of July, the Helidoni Foundation will open the Echoes Programme with a presentation and panel focused on Sustainability and Conscious Consumption. Afterwards, the short films, Li Paradisi and The Silence of the River as well as the premiere screening of the documentary Landscape Zero will take place.
On Saturday 31 July, the script workshop and the presentation of the short listed candidates of ReScript The Future Competition will take place. Cine Enastron will screen the premiere of the documentary The Great Green Wall as well as the selected short film programme from the affiliated Tampere Film Festival and the documentary Taming the Garden.
On Sunday, 1 August, the presentation of the Mission Blue & Healing Lesvos programme will take place, accompanied by the Aegean Carbon Initiative panel and the presentation of the documentary Blue Carbon. This will be followed by the screening of the short film Mother of the Sea (premiere) and the documentary Observations At 65o South (premiere).
On the last day of the 10th Aegean Film Festival, Monday 2 August, at Cine Enastron the two winners of the script competition ReScript The Future will be announced, the short film Last of My Kind and the documentary Ophir will premiere and at 23:30 will take place the closing party of the 10th edition.
The film programmes in titles:
9 internationally-awarded feature films, specially selected by the festival’s programming team with the help and support of friends and Greek film distributors.
8 award-winning documentaries, including 3 premiers, will be screened in special areas of Spetses and Paros.
5 feature documentaries and 4 short environmental films will be screened at the Environmental & Cultural Park of Paros and Lefkes Village in Paros, as part of the specially designed ‘Echoes – Call to Action’ program.
21 short films by Greek and international filmmakers take part in the competition program of the festival for the Best Short Film and Best Greek Short Film Awards.
POP – UP FILMS
A program consisting of feature and short films in different pop-up locations around Spetses and Paros, bringing life to all corners of the islands.
Short films by creators who are members and friends of the Festival that played an important role in the creation of the 10th edition.
15 short films from the collaborating international film festivals, Barnes Film Festival and Tampere Film Festival.
The festival presents for the first time this year Location Greece, a two-day conference aimed at establishing Greece and the Aegean as a film destination for international productions and co-productions, which will take place in Spetses on July 20 and 21.
Within the framework of the conference, the Location Management Workshop will take place, co- organised by the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre, and conducted by the following representatives of the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI), JJ Levine (1st Vice President), Alison A. Taylor (2nd Vice President) and Dan Connolly (Board Member).
The conference will include, in addition to the above mentioned workshop, a panel, a presentation, a reception, and of course film screenings under the 10th Aegean Film Festival programme. At the same time, all talks will be available digitally, with the possibility of Q&As via the internet. Location Greece is supported by Stefi Productions, the American College of Greece – Deree and EKOME.