3rd Doc Festival 2017

The 3rd Peloponnese International Documentary Festival will be launched on 20th of January 2017 in Kalamata and a part of it will be hosted in Amaliada, Gytheio, Argos and Sparta. The festival includes a panorama of Greek and foreign film productions of the last 2 years. 30 Greeks and foreigners film directors are expected to attend the festival (among them: Sybille Fezer, Daniel Burkholz & Vincent Förster from Germany, Richard Martin-Jordan & Patrick Imhaus from France, Dale Beaumont-Brown & Lucas Jedrzejak from Great Britain Tony Richard Kahouche & Ali Mahmoud Tafech from Lebanon, Sahra Assadollahi & Razavi Seyed Mohammad from Iran, Ruslana Berndl & Thibaut Delaroche & Luca Potskhivili from Austria, Enea Gega from Turkey, Vadim Vitovtsev , Olga Shadrina , Svetlana Ignatenko & Olga Michi from Russia, Rasesh James from India and Thomas Kunstler from Italy).

All the screenings, parallel events and workshops are free for the public. This year’s tribute is “human rights and refugees”, and more than 30 Greeks and foreigners film directors are expected to attend the festival (among them: Daniel Burkholz and Vincent Förster from Germany, Richard Martin-Jordan and Patrick Imhaus from France (former General Director of TV5-Monde), Dale Beaumont-Brown and Lucas Jedrzejak from Great Britain, Flo Flamme from Belgium, Mohammad Razavi and Fatemeh Asadollahi from Iran and Sarah Julia Stross from Austria).

The tribute “human rights and refugees” is implemented through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek national funds.

Special tribute with the theme “India – Yoga and its Philosophy” will be held in collaboration with ELINEPA (Indo Hellenic Society for Culture & Development) with speaker Dr. Dimitrios Th. Vassiliadis.

Also, special importance will have this year the educational area (for the students there is an educational zone during the festival everyday between 9am-1 pm where Greek and foreign productions are screened in the presence of the film directors).

The pro gramme includes 3 segments: Human rights, archeology and cultural heritage, ecology. The students will have the opportunity to discuss with the film directors after the screenings.

A special event for the schools will take place on Friday, 27th of January when we will connect via skype with a refugee camp from Lebanon and the Greek students will have the chance to speak with children refugees from Syria. Coordinator of the event is Lucas Jedrzejak from G. Britain, director of documentary Ketermaya and special guest of the Festival.

Our goal for this year also is that a part of the educational programme will travel to schools in Messinia, Argolida and Lakonia during the months of February and March. This action started last year as a pilot activity and had great success in villages and towns such as Aristomenis, Valyra, Pylos, Chora, Koroni & Messini. The educational programme is supported by the Greek Film Centre.

Festival’s Programme Contributors:

Hellenic Society for the Protection of Environment and the Cultural Heritage

AGON – International Festival of Archeological Film

Neaniko Plano – Olympia International Festival for children and Young people

Filmfestival der menschenrechte – International Human Rights Film Festival, Graz – Austria

Visions du Réel – Documentary Festival, Nyon, Switzerland

The festival is organized under the auspices of Region of Peloponnese, Region Section of Messinia, Muncipality of Kalamata, Municipality of Argos, Gytheio Film Club, the Museum of the Olive & Greek Olive Oil, Sparta.

For the first time this year, two audience awards (1000 euro) will be given for the best Greek and international documentary.