The programming team of the 9th Beyond Borders

Under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Beyond Borders | Kastellorizo International Documentary Festival is preparing for its 9th edition and sets sail from August 25th to September 1st, 2024!

Following the tremendous success of the last edition of the Festival, which received 835 films from 93 countries, the organization invites Greek and foreign documentary filmmakers to submit their films from January 3rd to April 30th, 2024.

The 9th edition of Beyond Borders will host, for the competitive program, 42 films in the following two sections: in the Main Competitive Section, for medium-length (31-60 minutes) and feature-length (61+ minutes) films, and in the μicro Competitive Section for short-length films (up to 30 minutes). It is reminded that in the μicro section, directors with up to 3 films in their portfolio have exclusive submission rights.

The Festival’s aim is to highlight the work of experienced as well as emerging filmmakers and to internationally promote film production. The programming and interest of the Festival focus on documentary films dealing with historical events and personalities, socio-political issues, contemporary or not, the promotion of human rights, and in general, any cross-border nucleus of reflection reflecting the concerns of contemporary cinematic art in any of its forms. The invitation concerns films released within the last three years (2022-2024).

The challenging task of selection will be entrusted to the Festival’s programming teams, composed of acclaimed directors, film critics and theorists, producers, distributors, personnel from film festivals and audiovisual production organizations, film programmers, and others.

More specifically, for the Main Competitive Section, the Festival organization would like to dedicate special mention to: Vicky Markolefa (director/producer), Rita Andreetti (director/film critic), Davoud Arjang (academic), Felizitas Hoffmann (director), Evangelos Kalou (editor), Veronika Dvorakova (film festival staff), Smaragda Nitsopoulou (director/researcher), Dorin Filimon (film student), Tasos Giapoutzis (director/academic), Ruggero Calich (programmer/critic), Dimitris Papacharalambous (Head of Audiovisual Literacy and Research – EKOME), Dana Cotovanu (film student), Luca Domide (film student), Luigjina Shkupa (director/producer), Rebecca Zani (screenwriter), Amir Tajik (director/producer), Angélique Bantikos (marketing development manager), Christian Fienga (director/producer), Vangelis Fampas (composer/producer), Catherine Asquier (cinephile), Tasos Katsaris (producer), Stathis Konstantinidis (editor/screenwriter), Caroline Chenu (journalist), and Philippe Bauquel (Culture en Folie president).

Finally, the organization would like to express public thanks to the programming team of the new competitive scene, μicro, and to Ebru Cigdem Thwaites (academic/researcher), Hossein Tavakoli (editor/director), Alessandra Voss (television network staff), and Stefanos Velmax Bonos (programmer/Festival staff).

The Strategic Partner of Beyond Borders is DEI-PPC, actively supporting arts and culture, as well as everything that leads us to the future, a better tomorrow, where culture takes the lead.

Organization: Hellenic History Foundation (IDISME), in collaboration with Ecrans des Mondes.

With the support of the Hellenic Parliament, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of National Defense, the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Greek Radio Television -ERT, the Greek Film Center, the Embassy of Australia in Athens, the Embassy of Germany in Athens, and the Embassy USA in Athens.

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