International Documentary Festival – Castellorizo, Greece

The 5th International Documentary Festival “Beyond Borders”, Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 20th of April, 2020. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social subjects. «Beyond Borders» takes place every year during the last week of August, is co-organized with the Region of South Aegean, Les Ecrans des Mondes and the Society for the Restoration of Castellorizo, is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, the Australian Embassy in Athens, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the Embassy of Israel in Athens and the Municipality of Megisti (Castellorizo), with the kind support of ERT and EKOME. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation (www.idisme.gr). “Beyond Borders” includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes. Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-political Documentary, Best Greek History Documentary, Best Greek Socio-political Documentary,     Best Short Length Documentary will be awarded by the Hellenic Parliament.  EKOME & SteFilm Post Production will also provide awards.

Launched in 2016 by the Hellenic History Foundation (IDISME) in Athens, co-organized with the Region of South Aegean and internationally supported by the Association Ecrans des Mondes in Paris, “Beyond Borders” offers European, Mediterranean and overseas audiences once a year, a collection of compelling films dealing with historical, cross-cultural events, trends and personalities that have shaped our countries, peoples and civilizations. The objective of this “boutique” documentary festival is to celebrate the excellence in cinematographic storytelling centered on History and Society. Beyond Borders is about History now and before, here and everywhere. 

The one-week Festival is rooted on the idyllic island of Castellorizo on the edge of the Aegean Sea, a place of breath-taking natural beauty that is perpetually neglected and mostly unknown. It offers the chance to celebrate culture and innovative cinematography all the while organizing a multitude of cultural side-events that appeal to island natives and visitors alike.

Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-political Documentary, Best Greek History Documentary, Best Greek Socio-political Documentary, Best Short Length Documentary will be awarded by the Hellenic Parliament.  EKOME & SteFilm Post Production will also provide awards.

Beyond Borders has also instituted Partnerships with Media Organizations and Academic Institutions that uphold the values it represents. Without neglecting its roots, the Festival continues to seek partnerships with other institutions, conferences, screenings and festivals across the globe, dedicated to historical and geo-political programming. But above all, it is about discovering necessary and unforgettable films and meeting with the people that make and share them.

Dates: August 23 –30, 2020 – Location: Castellorizo

Organizers: Hellenic History Foundation (IDISME) | Region of South Aegean |  Ecrans des Mondes (Paris) | The Society for the Restoration of Castellorizo, Sydney

Under the auspices of: Australian Embassy in Athens | U.S. Embassy in Athens | Embassy of Israeli, Athens | Municipality of Megisti

Main sponsors and supporters: ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation) | EKOME

info@beyondborders.grwww.beyondborders.gr, info@ecransdesmondes.org | Irini Sarioglou, +306978524017: irini.sarioglou@idisme.gr | Evi Gavriilidou +306985662063: evi.gavriilidou@idisme.gr | Michel Noll +33614162841: michel.noll@icloud.com