Aegean Film Festival: 9 Years of Cinema by the Sea

Last week our Director, Sam Cullis, was invited to judge the best International Short Film and Best Greek Short Film at the 9th Aegean Film Festival in Patmos, Greece.

A selection of the shorts were screened outdoors over 7 days in the Patmion Open Air Cinema in Skala and announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday night Skala School Open Air in front of over 200 guests.

The jury included Alin Tasciyan (Deputy Secretary FIPRESCI), Philip Ilson (LSFF Festival Director), Sam Cullis (Barnes Film Festival, Festival Director), Gregory Kokkinakis (Cosmote TV Cinema & VOD Section Manager) and Karina Rotenstreich (Ivy Film Festival Board).

The winners

Winning the International Best Film was Tungrus, Directed by Rishi Chandna, a hilarious docu-comedy from Mumbai. Best Greek Short went to Patison Avenue, Directed by Thanasis Neofotistos, a one take, visceral short, focusing on one ladies walk through the most controversial area of central Athens.

In addition to judging, Barnes Film Festival also screened a curated programme of short films at Kasbah Popup Cinema.

These were shortlisted in various categories of the Barnes Film Festival from the past four years. These included, and were directed by:

  • Idle (Oscar Hastings).

  • Moth (Rory Campbell).

  • The Ladder (Daniel Hurford).

  • The Old Woman and The Sea (Esme Hicks).

  • Skogafoss (Niels Bourgonje).

  • Perched (Liam Harris).

  • Suzanne and Martin (Yoni Ben-Haim).

  • 4242 (Sara Eustaquio).

  • Playtime (Toby Leung).

Barnes joined Aegean Festival affiliations London Short Film Festival, Ivy Film Festival and Adventure Film Festival to present this special programme.

A few more festival highlights

Environmental Echoes Programme - Voices of Today, now in its 3rd year, consisted of documentary screenings, Q and A panel talks, presentations and workshops.

It concluded with an annual sustainability summit aiming to fast track projects and amplify international awareness about ways to make a profoundly positive impact and bring immediate environmental change to the Aegean Region. This years focus was plastic and marine conservation.

The festival is also targeting to offset 100 percent of their carbon footprint by 2022.

And we did a feature on that recently if you’re hosting an event and eager to make it environmentally-friendly: How to Hold a Green Festival.

Access program

Extraordinary stories of magnificent people with disabilities. This was implemented as part of both the EU wide communications campaign called “Europe in my Region” run as a way to encourage citizens to discover and learn more about EU funded projects near them.

Several films focusing on disability were screened including: The Golden Age (Eric Minh Cuong Castaing), We Could be Heroes (Hind Bensari), Back To The Top (Stratis Chatzielenoudas) and the premiere of The Weight of Water (Michael Brown).

A panel discussion with the directors Michael Brown and Stratis Chatzielenoudas focused on the creative process of making documentaries about superheroes with disabilities who travers remote locations.

Feature screenings included Maradonna (Asif Kapadia), Mariann and Leonard:Words of Love (Nick Broomfield) Euphoria (Valeria Golino) By The Grace of God (Dir Francois Ozon) Take Every Way (Rory Kennedy).

Documentary screenings included The Brink (Alison Klayman) The Great Hack (Karim Amer) Maiden (Alex Homes) and envionmental documentaries such as The Weight of Plastic (Tom Watt-Smith) and Arifishal (Josh Murphy).

Staying at the Aktis hotel, Barnes Film Festival Director Sam and his family were able to enjoy the most spectacular outdoor screening of Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, on Groikos Bay followed by a cocktail party at the Theion Sea Bar.

Barnes Film Festival will be returning next year with a new selection of shorts from new entries to the 2019 festival. We cannot wait to come back to the islands.