The 4th International Peloponnesian Documentary Festival opens its doors in Kalamata on January 24, 2018 and runs until February 7, 2018. Some components of the festival will be held in Amaliada, Sparta, Gythio, Argos and Dimitsana.
All screenings, parallel events and seminars are open to the public this year. Each year the festival is dedicated to a particular topic or theme and this year the 4th International Festival (2018) will present works on the subject of “Cinema and Health” with special screenings by directors invited from Greece and abroad. The presentation of this year’s focus on “Cinema and Health” includes screenings, theatrical events, a two-day event with specialists and creators as well as a visual exhibition.
This year the festival is working together with the Global Health Film Initiative in the UK, the Herceg Novi Festival in Montenegro and the Cinema for Peace Festival in Germany. Of particular importance will be the Educational Zone, which has been very successful for the past three years. Last year more than 4000 students attended the Educational Zone in the five cities where the festival was held.
This year, for the duration of the festival, there is a special Educational Zone for students where Greek and foreign documentaries will be screened daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program includes 4 themes: Health, Adolescence, Cultural Heritage and Science. This year, many filmmakers from abroad are also participating in the screenings of the Educational Zone and will chat with the students. Two years ago, we began visiting schools in our region to screen films from the program. This was met with great success in the villages and towns of Messinia such as Aristomenis, Pylos, Chora, Koroni and Messini. This year our aim is to visit schools in the regions of Messinia, Argolida and Arcadia during the months of February and March.
In the educational area, the Peloponnese Documentary Festival collaborates with the Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education and with the Hellenic Society for the Environment and Culture, the CAID Center for Society, Science and Art and the Agon Festival of Archaeological-Historical documentary.
For the second year, two Audience Awards of 1000 Euros will be awarded for the best Greek and International documentaries. The Audience Award for Best Greek Documentary is provided by SteFilm
(DCP for the next winning film – € 1,000)
The Audience Award for the Best International Documentary is provided by the Vassilikon Hotel
The Festival is co-organized with the Region of Messinia, the Municipality of Kalamata, the Municipality of Argos – Mycenae, the Municipality of Ilida and the Cultural Foundation of the Piraeus Group.