Submissions have closed for the 4th Foça International Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Days. Close to 500 films are being considered for inclusion in the program for 2021, which addresses the theme: “But is it Local? Local Culture and World Heritage”.
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVALS LEAD LOCAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN THE SOUTHEASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
Despite political tensions among Turkey, Greece and Cyprus and the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival, AegeanDocs International Film Festival and Foça International Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Days are launching a project to explore cultural heritage with local residents and share it through documentary film.
The Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival (AEI Film Festival), AegeanDocs International Film Festival (AegeanDocs) and Foca International Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Film Days (Foça Film Days), are joining hands in an innovative project that aims to bring people together across national boundaries. The Three-Festival Cultural Exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean will officially launch in May 2021 with a series of workshops conducted with the local residents of Foça, Limnos and Lefkosia. Participants in the workshops will work together to produce short documentary films that explore different facets of the local history and culture. Nine of these documentaries – three from each of the workshops – will then be screened together before local festival audiences in September at the AEI Film Festival, and in October at AegeanDocs and Foça Film Days.
All films will be screened with English, Greek and Turkish subtitles. Following the film screenings, audiences, whether live or on-line, will have a chance to engage in dialogue with the amateur local filmmakers themselves. Audience members will also have a chance to vote for their favourite films, and an international jury will select one film per workshop to receive a cash award of 200 Euro.
While the pandemic may limit large gatherings and, at least temporarily, halt the kind of cultural exchange that comes from international tourism, the virtual screenings and the Three-Festival Cultural Exchange in the Southeastern Mediterranean On-line Awards Ceremony that will take place in November offer a different type of opportunity for sharing among cultures. With translation provided in three languages, the Q&As will create an opportunity for people from different countries to learn more about other cultures, exploring the things they share as well as the things that make them unique. In a time of political tensions among Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, not to mention a worldwide pandemic, the trilateral regional film project aims to serve as a reminder of how the cinematic arts can contribute to peace, tolerance and coexistence among people whose nationalities, languages, religions and cultures may differ, but who share a common humanity.
Foça Film Days is proud to announce that the European Festival Association has extended our EFFE label for 2021. Foça International Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Days received the “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe” label in recognition of its work in the field of arts and culture, its social inclusivity and its international reach. Foça Film Days can now be found among other quality festivals on the festivalfinder.eu web site.