The 6th Athens International Digital Film Festival AIDFF will be held in Athens from 2 to 8 of February 2017. More than 150 films will be screened during the festival, more than 30 countries will participate, and for at least 60 films it will be their Premiere, as many directors chose this festival for their film ’s most important screening. The festival includes all typical categories of New Cinema such as short and feature fiction films, video art, video dance, experimental, animation, short and feature documentaries. The festival’s exclusive partnership with the British MMBF Trust goes on. Thus a special prize awaits the winning films, titled “Rising Star Award”. This special prize is supported and provided by the British MMBF Trust, which is an international fund set up to support young people with an interest to follow a career in the film industry. The “Best Director” award will be granted to the winner by the Greek Directors’ Guild. Another important prize goes to a director chosen by the Festival’s Jury Committee and it will be supported by ALKYONIS New Star Art Cinema ensuring distribution for three of the winner’s films. Athens International Digital Film Festival fully supports the contemporary cinematic reality and the major international developments, which track to the Digital Age, and for that it is featured as an Innovative one.
This year’s screenings will be held at Alkyonis New Star Art Cinema and Studio New Star Art Cinema, which are both renovated historical cinemas of great value. The program includes two tributes to young filmmakers from Spain and Iran, who indeed have their own unique style and subjects. The audience will once again enjoy movies produced by Edge Hill’s University students (UK). For the fourth year Edge Hill’s students create films in order to be screened by AIDFF.
This year their films will also compete in the category: Student - Young directors. special tribute titled “Environmental education, lifelong learning” will take place during the Festival. The tribute includes some truly amazing environmental films, international productions, which will be screened for the first time in Greece. They all demanded endless shootings in inaccessible ecosystems by filmmakers and scientists. Thus the festival’s audience will have the opportunity to learn about the most inaccessible and unknown ecosystems, before the films reach the wide public. The cranes in the icy Scandinavian mire, the endless variety of toads and frogs in Ecuador and the unusual environment of peat lands in various places on the planet are only a few of the subjects that these films approach.
The Tribute contributes to the dissemination of science through the power of new media and audiovisual digital technologies used by now day scientists around the world. The special program of screenings will be accompanied by a panel discussion focusing on the role that documentaries hold in introducing environmental sciences, research and discoveries to the wide audience. Another workshop will also will be held entitled "Environmental education with the power of new media production and distribution." Τhe Tribute 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. Entrance to the tribute and to the workshops and discussions is free.
Three more workshops will be included, the first one about the Scenario, the second about American cinema, and the third about creative writing. All workshops will be open to the audience and taught by professionals. (Free admission)
The Festival takes place under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and had the support of City of Athens / Opanda since the first year. The festival is produced by KOYINTA Organization and Tickets Tickets and has partners and cultural correspondents in many cities in Greece and in various countries around the world.
The detailed program will be posted on the festival website www.aidff.com
ALKYONIS New Star Art Cinema, Ioulianou 42-46 (subway stop Victoria)
STUDIO New Star Art Cinema Address Stavropoulou 33 Amerikis Square
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