Short films return to the center stage of Athens' cultural life. Athens International Short Film Festival PSAROKOKALO celebrates its 10thanniversary and returns to the capital, from September 15th to 21st with new ideas, technological innovations and the most interesting films that Greek and international production has to offer. The Festival will be hosted at ASTOR Theatre and THE BOX ATHENS, while the festival's poster features the original work "Illusions" by Greek artist Timos Leivaditis which was created especially for PSAROKOKALO- X Edition.
AISFF PSAROKOKALO – X EDITION: WHAT'S NEW
To mark its 10th anniversary, the Athens International Short Film Festival – PSAROKOKALO makes a bold move forward by launching a separate National Competition Section, focusing exclusively on Greek production. This move was decided not because Greek short films are not equal to the international competition, on the contrary, because Greek production has taken giant steps forward, these past years, and the harsh effort of the Greek film makers deserves a better presentation. Film makers and audiences have embraced enthusiastically this idea, as the festival received about 100 applications to this new section. The final programme will be comprised of 12 films, presented in two different screenings and, as always, the audience will be deciding on the award. After the end of each screening, a Q&A will be held with the directors of the films.
At the same time, PSAROKOKALO AISFF is founding a separate international competition section on Ecology. Now – a – days, more and more directors seem to find a point of reference or inspiration in environmental issues of the planet. This year's ECO competition programme presents 6 films which combine ecology as a theme for entertainment while aiming to inform the public as well. This way they demonstrate, in the most aspiring way, the relation between environment and our modern societies while attesting to the limits of our ecological conscience. (Trailer of the Eco International Competition section can be found here )
Cinema is not only art but innovation as well. PSAROKOKALO AISFF has always strived to present every exciting new development in the New Media domain. This year we are honored to be the first to showcase in Greece, the first interactive film event ever made: Late Shift is the first feature length production built on the novel interactive movie format CtrlMovie. The audience gets to make decisions on behalf of the main character via an application downloaded in their smartphones and based on the majority of votes, the film keeps running accordingly. Thus, each screening of the film features a new experience with different events taking place in different locations. The film may last from 70 to 90 minutes depending on the wishes of the audience. It was completed in March 2016 and since then, it has been presented in world famed film festivals such as Cannes and Locarno IFF, with BFI London Film Festival, Raindance and New York FF following in its autumn tour.