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Evia Film Project Offers Five Days of Free Events, June 15-19

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Credit: Thessaloniki Film Festival

A new film festival set in Evia island, Central Greece, aspires to become the new meeting point for the global green cinema industry.

The Evia Film Project, makes part of the special rehabilitation and reconstruction program for Evia, following last summer’s devastating wildfires, planned and executed by the Ministry of Culture & Sports.

The project sees Thessaloniki Film Festival teamed up with Chalkida Documentary Festival, the Department of Digital Arts and Cinema of Psachna, the local administration, and all cultural institutions that have their seat in Evia.

“The main goal of the new initiative is to function as a cinema think tank, aiming to highlight and promote film projects that intend to raise awareness for the calamitous effects of environmental destruction and climate change”, the launching announcement reads.

“Evia Film Project will allow Evia to take center stage as “the capital of global overwarming repercussions”, as mentioned in an article published in The New York Times last August. In addition, it will serve as a jumping-off point for the rebirth of a tortured and scarred region, triggering the restart of local society both on a symbolic and a practical level”, it adds.

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New employment positions will be created, while Evia will transform into a pole of attraction for the film industry, inviting film professionals and renowned guests from all over the world, who will deliver workshops, seminars and educational programs.

International Green Cinema Projects Presented In Evia

New film projects and films in progress from all over the world will be presented during the Evia Film Project, which will take place from June 15 – 19, 2022 in North Evia.

Film professionals from Greece and abroad can participate in the events and open discussions focusing on the production of films in a climate-neutral and sustainable way.

The projects that will be presented in the Evia Film Project Agora aim to secure co-production and funding.

Six projects in development will be presented for the first time in North Evia, vying for an award of 4,000 euros, for the Pitch the Doc Consultation Award and for the MIDPOINT Institute Consultation Award.

In addition, five films in progress will vie for two awards: the Evia Film Project in Progress Image and Sound Award by 119 Marvila Studiosin post-production services and the Evia Film Project in Progress Award, accompanied by a 6,000-euro cash prize.

The jury is comprised by Rea Apostolides (Producer, Anemon Production, Greece), Caroline Libresco (Film Festival Curator, Producer, Program Director & Story Consultant – Gabbert/Libresco Projects, USA) and Edvinas Puksta (Festival programmer – Tallinn Black Nights IFF, Lithuania).

On Thursday, June 16th, there will be an open discussion at the Melas building in Limni, dedicated to green film production, titled “Don’t be afraid of the Green Deal: Simple Τips & Smart Αctions”.

Top film industry professionals from Italy, Austria, Germany, Latvia and Lebanon, will talk about their journey working in green film productions while following sustainability guidelines.

They will share their experience and discuss the obstacles, mistakes and solutions they discovered along the way.

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