Athens Video Art Festival 2013 attempts to activate both visually and creatively a journey in one of the most debatable and charged city areas, by making the best of the diversity, the versatility and the colour of the city. From Theatre Square and the much awaited Romantzo to Kotzia Square and the neo-classical CAMP, street screenings, artistic interventions and collaborations will be setting the tone of a throbbing and ever evolving community of artists.

Nine years ago, Athens Video Art Festival initiated a broadly creative dialogue with Academic Institutions, Organizations, International Festivals and internationally acclaimed artists. Its aim was to create an international meeting platform that would bring out current trends in contemporary digital art. As in previous years, the main categories will be accompanied with art acts, presentations and workshops.

Athens Video Art Festival invites all contemporary artists to find inspiration in the urban environment and the inexhaustible potential of new media, experimenting and freeing themselves from all stereotypes.

Artists may send/ submit their work to any of the categories below.

Closing date for applications to participate in the 9th edition of Athens Video Art Festival: 28th March 2013 (date of postmark). Proposals may be submitted via internet or post.

For more information:

Proposals for collaborations, tributes, workshops, discussion panels, should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the title "Proposal from xxxx" (where xxxx: the name of the entity)

The New GFC Rules and Regulations for Funding Programs will become effective on the 1st of February 2013. They have evolved from the previous Funding Programs Regulations and invalidate any and all such previous terms and conditions in their entirety. The GFC has drawn up these regulations in response to the current financial conditions prevailing in our country as well as to the multifaceted needs of film production and taking into consideration the views of the film industry.

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Athens Digital Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the start of the period that you can submit your participation for the 3d Athens Digital Short Film Festival. Our Festival, while progressing the idea of digital cinema, concludes fiction films, documentaries, animation, video art, experimental and student films that were created by using new digital media. The 3d Festival, that will last 8 days, is going to take place during September (the exact dates are going to be announced). Within the competitive character of the Festival the prizes awarded as follows:
1st Best Short Film
2nd Best Short Film
3d Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Direction
Best Scenography
Best Video Art
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Interpretation
Best Photography
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Best Music

KOYINTA Culture Company in cooperation with Fine Arts School L.A (Life n’ Art) Theater organizes Athens Digital Short Film Festival. Our Festival has the ambition to establish a meeting point for both creators and spectators of cinema, including film screenings and many other events that take place not necessarily in cinemas, but in places offered to host the dialogue of audience and creators from all over Greece and aboard.
You can find the Application Form and the Operation Rules of the Festival at our website .

Organization- Support
KOYINTA Culture Company
L.A (Life n’ Art) Theater

International Nature Film Festival of Vaasa


The call for submissions for the 4th edition of the Balkans beyond Borders Short Film Festival is now open. After three successive years of receiving inspiring films we are again inviting young film-makers to share their vision with us through their film-making and to "Reinvent Bridges"..  “Our contemporaneity is manifested as a time when we analyse everything. The present is not only a transitory instance, but becomes a site of permanent rewriting of the past and the future, of permanent rewriting of history.” (Boris Groys)
With the fall of the Berlin wall and with the end of the Cold War, Europe entered a new historical era. Marked by the Communist past and the European Union future many of the countries have undergone radical changes in the last 23 years. The Balkan countries and their people, though neighbours, do not share the same personal, historical, political and social experience of these changes. As a result even their expectations about the future are different.
What questions and issues about the past and the future are important for the present? How are the Balkans, with all their diversity, rewriting their past and reinventing their future? How to translate or embody this into moving images?
Young artists up to the age of 35 from the Balkan region and beyond (Southeast Europe) are invited to send their own short films related to this year’s topic.
The submission period will run from the 17th of December until the 1st of June and the festival will take place in Bucharest in September 2013.
Share your standpoint through your short film!
More information on how to apply is available on the Balkans Beyond borders website:, our Facebook page (Balkans Beyond Borders) and Twitter (BalkansBB).
Contact us to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The organization
BBB is a non profit organization formed by nine young individuals from South East Europe. Its overall goal is to promote youth mobility and cooperation in the Balkan region and enhance the European “identity” amongst them. This is achieved in four ways: through a thematic short film festival, film making workshops, a wide network of young individuals and seminars.

During the Cannes Film Festival, ACID (Association for the Distribution of Independant Cinema) presents a programme of 9 feature films. This programme is shown at Les Arcades and Studio 13 movie theatres in Cannes.

> Feature films (running time 60 minutes minimum)
> Fiction or documentary
> Screening formats in Cannes: DCP or 35 mm with french and english subtitles
> Films with no previous release in French theatres

For films without a french distributor
> Films produced for cinema  (no television film) 
> Films produced after January 2012

To Submit a film
Regulations as well as submission forms are available on our website :
Participation in the ACID Cannes 2013 programme implies acceptance of the foregoing rules and regulations.
> Fully complete the submission form and send it by mail in Excel Format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
> The entry form must also be printed with signature and sent by post with 5 DVDs of the film to the following address : 
14 rue Alexandre Parodi
75010 Paris – France

Deadline for submission and reception of all elements is  Thursday March 28th 2013

ACID Programme in Cannes

Acid is a film directors association that has been promoting the diffusion of independent cinema in movie theatres for 20 years. The founding principle : the support brought by filmmakers to other filmmakers, French or foreign. Every year, ACID presents 9 films in Cannes during the festival. Films are chosen by fifteen ACID film directors. Most of these films do not have a french distributor. The aim is to give visibility and public release to new talents. ACID's support does not stop with the presentation in Cannes. The chosen directors then become members of the association. After Cannes, ACID presents the films to 40 festivals in France and abroad. The ACID Cannes programme is then shown in Paris, in 30 movie theaters in the Parisian area, in region, and internationally. 
ACID also helps the director find a distributor in France, and when one is found, works on the release (promotion / programming / Q&A’s / audience research).  ACID then promotes the film among 200 independant movie theaters. All year long, ACID also organizes Q&As, readings, concerts, in movie theaters and international festivals, in presence either of the film director, the screenplay writer, actors, or the music composer.  ACID is also : partnerships with schools, universities, associations and an audience network throughout the country. 

The 15th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century will take place from March 15 - 24, 2013. One of the festival’s main features, in cooperation with the Greek National Television (ERT S.A.), and with the support of Media Program of the European Union, is the Thessaloniki International Doc Market, which is to be held from March 17th to 23rd, 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Doc Market includes a wide variety of recent produced documentaries, which represent all the new tendencies in this domain, and offers professionals involved in the programming and acquisitions sectors of the television and cinema industry an invaluable opportunity for trade related activities in this part of the world.  The six days scheduled will be devoted to intensive screenings, participation in the festival activities and facilitation of meetings and negotiations.

30 private screenings booths will be operating for the use of participant buyers and other visitors wishing to preview documentaries. Last year we went digital and it was a big success. Participants are able to choose programs easily without the use of a DVD through the fast streaming secured close circuit server. Participants will have access to all festival related activities and public screenings. The Doc Market issues its own catalogue and a catalogue with all participant professionals.

The Thessaloniki International Doc Market gives you the opportunity to present documentaries produced within the last 2 years (not previously submitted) with a nominal participation fee of 70 Euros (for up to 6 entries).

If you are interested in participating please fill Market Form ( intended for the Market catalogue and return it to us before January 14th (attention: Yianna Sarri, Thessaloniki International DocMarket, 7, Dion. Areopagitou, 117 42 Athens, Greece, tel: 30 210 8706010, fax: 30 210 6448143, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Doc Market of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century is announcing its Call for Entries for the new coming Docs in Progress session.  The Works in Progress are opening up to documentaries (over 50 minutes) in post or under production from the Mediterranean, Central and Southeastern European regions.

The countries that are eligible to participate are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

The Docs in Progress are closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals only, and are presented to invited buyers, sales agents, distributors, producers and/or their representatives.

If you are in the process of shooting or in post-production please fill in the Docs in Progress Entry Form and send it to us accompanied by a selected 20 minutes excerpt or scenes of your film in DVD format.

A selection committee will preview the applications and select the films under production that are going to be presented during the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century to high level industry professionals.
Application deadline, February 4 2013

For applications and more information please contact Yianna Sarri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Angeliki Vergou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send your DVDs to:
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Doc Market - Works in Progress
Ms. Yianna Sarri
7, Dion. Areopagitou 117 42
Athens – Greece

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival is set to take place June 6-9, 2013, in Los Angeles.  LAGFF showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. Our foremost goal is to promote Greek Cinema and cultural exchange while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories. 

LAGFF accepts films by Greek filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and the world; films about Greece or with a prevalent Greek theme; and films with an important contributor of Greek descent (writer, producer, lead actor). 


The more than 2,700 members of the European Film Academy - filmmakers from across Europe - have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented:

France / Germany / Austria, 127 min
written & directed by Michael Haneke
produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz

Michael Haneke for AMOUR

Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR

Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR

Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)

Sean Bobbitt for SHAME

Joe Walker for SHAME



KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole (The Netherlands)

HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads) by Manuel von Stürler (Switzerland)

ALOIS NEBEL by Tomáš Luňák (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia)


Helena Danielsson, Sweden

Dame Helen Mirren, UK

Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

HASTA LA VISTA (Come As You Are)
directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven

The European Film Awards 2012 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of the Maltese Ministry of Finance, Economy and Investment, the Malta Film Commission, FFA German Federal Film Board, the German State Lottery Berlin, the German State Minister for Culture and the Media, the MEDIA Programme of the EU, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Air Malta p.l.c., ARTE, CinePostproduction, EGEDA -, Film Corporation, GLS, MFCC, Panalight Nexos Mediterranea and ZDF.

The filmmaker José Luis Borau passed away on Friday November 23rd at the age of 83. An enormously important figure in the history of Spanish film, Borau (Zaragoza, 1929) took his first steps at the helm with a number of shorts, until making his feature directorial debut with the western Brandy (1963) and the thriller Crimen de doble filo (Double Edged Crime, 1964). These were followed by very personal films that would define his style and his incorruptible conception of cinema: Hay que matar a B. (1975), Furtivos (1975), La Sabina (1979), Río abajo (On the Line, 1984), Tata mía (1986), Niño nadie (1996) and Leo (2000), his last major work for the big screen. He also made numerous documentaries and fictional pieces for television, in addition to the series Celia (1993). As a producer, he backed remarkable Spanish films like Iván Zulueta’s Un, dos, tres, al escondite inglés (Hide and Seek,1969), Jaime de Armiñán’s Mi querida señorita (My Dearest Señorita, 1972) and Camada negra (Black Litter, 1977) by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. Also an author of several books, Borau won the Premio Nacional de Cinematografía, and held the titles of Académico de Bellas Artes and member of the Real Academia Española de la Lengua.
José Luis Borau had a special connection with the San Sebastian Festival: Furtivos carried off the Golden Shell at the 23rd edition of the event, thanks to which the film was able to enjoy commercial release after its problems with censorship under Franco. In 1990 he returned to the Festival as a member of the Official Jury at the 38th edition. Borau, who was also Chair of the Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas and of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), always demonstrated his support of the San Sebastian Festival, whether in his actions as holder of these important positions or at personal level.

The sixth annual New York City Greek Film Festival, which ran from October 6 through 17, broke all  previousattendance records with 3,804 admissions.“Most of the  films this year played at or near capacity,” said festival manager StamatisGhikas. “We also noticed an increase in young and non-Greek viewers, all of which is tremendously gratifying.” “We are very pleased by the turnout this year,” added James DeMetro, festival director. “The films were high quality, and people wanted to see them. So many told me how much they enjoyed the films and how grateful they were for the opportunity to see Greek movies. For the most part, people  were happy with what they had seen.”
This year’s festival presented twelve films from Greece, some of them shown for the first time in the U.S. Included among the selections were: ALPS, directed by YorgosLanthimos; Burning Heads (To Gala), Giorgos Siougas; Christmas Tango (To Tango Ton Christougennon), Nikos Koutelidakis; City of Children (I Poli Ton Paidion), Yorgos Gkikapeppas; God Loves Caviar (O Theos Agapaei To Haviari), IannisSmaragdis; Magic Hour, Kostas Kapakas; Smyrna: The Destruction of A Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922, Maria Iliou; Two Men And A Baby (Mia For a Kai Ena Moro), Nikos Zapatinas;Unfair World (Adikos Kosmos), FilipposTsitsos, Wasted Youth, Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, 100, Gerasimos Rigas;  and The Fiend of Athens (O Drakos), the 1956 classic directed by Nikos Koundouros.  Also shown was the American film Fred Won’t Move Out, by Greek American director Richard Ledes.
The festival also paid tribute to the late Theo Angelopoulos with a lecture with film excerpts by Prof. Andrew Horton of the University of Oklahoma. Prof. Horton, who was a personal friend of Angelopoulos, has written extensively on the director’s work.
Screenings were held at the Museum of the Moving Image, the legendary Paris Theater, the  NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, and Cinema Village,  New York City’s great indie theater. The festival was presented under the auspices of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce,the  Hellenic American Cultural Foundation,  and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.“We are grateful to the filmmakers of Greece for their efforts to make movies under the especially difficult conditions they face today,” DeMetro added. “They remain undaunted and continue to make quality films worthy of attention.”

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival wishes to express its fervent support to Kurdish Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi and his brother, Behrouz Ghobadi, who was recently arrested and is currently detained by the Iranian authorities.

Bahman Ghobadi, one of the honored directors during the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which was concluded 10 days ago,
has made a public appeal to the Iranian government for the immediate release of his brother, who he believes is detained illegally. In his protest letter, the award-winning filmmaker, who has been a self-exile since 2009, states:

"My younger brother, Behrouz Ghobadi, disappeared more than two weeks ago, and I have learned that he has been detained by Iranian authorities and accused of acting against national security...He has never been involved in any political or opposition activities.  He was interested in film, served as a production manager in some of my movies and directed a few short films. We are extremely worried about Behrouz, especially because of his chronic health issues. We ask that the Iranian authorities release him without delay".

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival condemns any form of violation of human rights and declares its full solidarity to Bahman and Behrouz Ghobadi, hoping for the quickest and most successful resolution of the case.