The 5th Athens International Digital Film Festival closed its doors on December 23rd, with an award ceremony, at the Alkyonis Cinema Theatre. This year’s event featured 150 films in the Competitive section, 70 premieres from 40 countries in five categories: FICTION Greek and foreign, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION, VIDEO-ART, EXPERIMENTAL and VIDEO-DANCE. Taking full advantage of its International recognition the festival gave the “Rising Star Award” in partnership with the British Foundation MMBF.
All screenings were held at the renovated, historical cinemas Alkyonida and Studio in central Athens. The program included a tribute to Lucia Rikaki and the screening of her film “Hold me”, which is the first Greek film that started as an Internet event and featured stories from all over Greece.
The audience also enjoyed movies from the Edge Hill University (UK) and the Future Wave Film Festival of Ireland.
Renowned director Roviros Manthoulis spoke of the secrets of editing in a unique Master-Class entitled “EDITING, poetry of the irrational”. A workshop on “New media production and distribution” with Vasiliki Kappa, Giannis Klados and Christos Karakasis was also held.
A special moment was the screening- tribute to the director George Kolozis and his movie “Katsandonis’ leap and uncle Labros”, which has been awarded in Russia with the “Silver Knight Award” in the category “Cinematic Documentary”. In its section “Getting to know famous directors” the festival presented Nikos Zervos’ film “Exiled in the central avenue”.
The Festival also included and presented the 3rd “Panorama of Ecological and Scientific Films” in cooperation with the Finnish International Wildlife Vaasa Festival.
The KOYINTA BUBLISHING HOUSE presented the book “The old cinemas of Athens” by Nikos Theodosiou.
The Festival was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with the support of the City of Athens/OPANDA. It was produced by the KOYINTA Organization and Tickets Tickets.
PHOTO: AIDFF Organizing Committee