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The Aegean Film Festival gets ready for its tenth edition

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- Unspooling on the islands of Spetses and Poros, the festival is bringing 12 days of screenings, special conferences and parallel events to the Aegean Sea

The Aegean Film Festival gets ready for its tenth edition
Delete History by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern

The Aegean Film Festival is about to return to the Greek islands, and its tenth edition will run for 12 days, taking place on Spetses from 18-25 July and continuing on Paros from 30 July-2 August. A curated programme of a total of 77 films, out of the 852 submitted – consisting of nine fiction features, 13 documentaries and 55 shorts, spread across eight screening programmes – make up this year’s edition, along with a series of parallel events. The festival will open with a screening of Delete History [+see also:
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by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern in Spetses’ Poseidon Square, and on the same night, the documentary Please Hold the Line [+see also:
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by Pavel Cuzuioc will be screened at the Cine Titania.

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A total of nine feature films crowd the Aegean Films programme, and along with the opening movie, the selection includes Monday [+see also:
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by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece/UK/USA), The Predators [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Castellitto
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by Pietro Castellitto (Italy), Sweat [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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by Magnus von Horn (Poland/Sweden), Love Affair(s) [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Mouret
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by Emmanuel Mouret (France), The Third War [+see also:
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interview: Giovanni Aloi
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by Giovanni Aloi (France), Tigers [+see also:
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interview: Ronnie Sandahl
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by Ronnie Sandahl (Sweden/Italy/Denmark), The Whaler Boy [+see also:
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interview: Philipp Yuryev
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by Philipp Yuryev (Russia/Poland/Belgium) and Window Boy Would Αlso Like to Have a Submarine [+see also:
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by Alex Piperno (Uruguay/Argentina/Brazil/Netherlands/Philippines).

The Aegean Docs section boasts eight award-winning documentaries, and the section comprises: The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by Frank Marshall (UK), The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole – A Bipolar Musical Documentary With Elephants [+see also:
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by Andri Snær Magnason and Anní Ólafsdóttir (Iceland), Holy Father [+see also:
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by Andrei Dăscălescu (Romania), On the Divide by Maya Cueva and Leah Galant (USA), Tina by Daniel Lindsay and TJ Martin (UK/USA), The Truffle Hunters [+see also:
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by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw (Italy/USA/Greece), Yiorgos of Kedros by Yiannis Kolozis and Giorgos Kolozis (Greece), and the aforementioned opening documentary.

Furthermore, 21 short films by Greek and international filmmakers are partaking in the Aegean Shorts competition programme, vying for the Best Short Film and Best Greek Short Film Awards. The festival jury comprises Eva Sangiorgi, artistic director of the Vienna International Film Festival; Jukka-Pekka Laakso, director of the Tampere Film Festival; Phaedra Vokali, general director of the Hellenic Film Academy; and Greek film journalist Thodoris Koutsogiannopoulos.

For two days (20-21 July), the Location Greece conference will take place on Spetses for the first time, aiming to establish Greece and the Aegean Sea as film destinations for international productions. As part of the conference, the Location Management Workshop will take place, co-organised by the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre, and led by representatives of the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) JJ Levine, Alison A Taylor and Dan Connolly. The conference will also be available digitally, with the possibility to ask questions of the participants.

On the island of Paros, the environmental programme Echoes - Call to Action, which was initiated in 2017, is taking place and will open with a presentation and panel focused on “Sustainability and Conscious Consumption”. The programme also presents five feature-length documentaries, The Great Green Wall [+see also:
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by Jared P Scott (UK), Landscape Zero [+see also:
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by Bruno Pavić (Croatia), Observations at 65º South by Lilian Hess (Germany), Ophir by Alexandre Berman and Oliver Pollet (France/UK), and Taming the Garden [+see also:
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by Salomé Jashi (Switzerland/Germany/Georgia), along with four short documentary films.

In order to support the mission of “Echoes”, the festival, along with WaterBear Network and with the support of the American College of Greece, has created the ReScript the Future script competition, where biologist and music producer Jayda G, BAFTA- and Emmy-winning director Nicolas Brown, musician Jack Savoretti and Oscar-winning executive producer of My Octopus Teacher Ellen Windemuth will pick two winners, who will receive €25,000 worth of production services for their ideas for a short environmental documentary.

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