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  Documentary, Best Short Length Documentary will be awarded by the Hellenic Parliament.  EKOME, Aristotle’s Univesity of Thessaloniki & 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.

Athens & Paris