Eco Films to Screen in Greece: Submit By March 1
Image of 2008 poster: Rodos Ecofilms International Films + Visual Arts Festival
Once famed as the home of a 100-foot-tall statue of the Greek god Helios, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the island of Rhodes is these days making a name for itself in the environmental film community. Now in its ninth year, the annual Rodos Ecofilms International Films + Visual Arts Festival screens around 100 documentaries, shorts, and features with broad ecological themes, and the next batch of submissions is due soon.Filmmakers have until March 1 to submit a copy of their film and an application for this year's festival, which will be held from June 23 to 28. According to the guidelines, the festival is looking for films
with environmental and ecology themes, encouraging conservation issues and issues related with the natural, the human, and the built environment. Prizes are awarded to the films for their innovative approach in conservation issues, for their daring proposal in subject matter, and their artistic qualities overall.
The festival, touted as the only one of its kind in the Mediterranean and the Balkans, is held each year in June at various venues in Rhodes Town, including the National Theatre of Rhodes and the open-air Rhodon cinema. The island is part of the Dodecanese chain located in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece.
Prizes are awarded for best feature and short film, as well as the best Greek film, the best film about water and wetlands, and the audience favorite. Major films screened at previous festivals include Being Caribou, The Corporation, Rivers and Tides, and Whale Rider. Screenings are free and often followed by discussions with the directors. Related events held concurrently with the festival have included special screenings for kids, environmental meetings, art exhibits on eco-themes, and other workshops and talks. Via: "International environmental film festival seeking entries," IJNet
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