At the 6th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra, screens, in a competition, the best new documentaries, from the Greece and whole of the world, in Ierapetra, the southernmost town in Europe, the Crossroads of cultures and continents. The juries, consisting of international caliber personalities.
The 6th International Documentary Festival Ierapetra will be dedicated to research and innovation.
It will refer to the elimination of all kinds of discrimination between men and women, so that both legally and effectively have the same rights and obligations. It promotes the principle of equal pay for equal work, gender equality, which means equality in the family, the world of work, politics and society. In the world of work it means equal access to opportunities and positions and equal pay for equal work. It takes a lasting struggle on the part of men and women for their harmonious coexistence. Besides, no one can live alone and it is a great thing that both sexes can communicate with each other, share pleasures and sorrows and create together.
Last year in the 4th International Documentary Festival Ierapetra accepted applications from YOUNG ARTISTS AND DIRECTORS from 18 to 25 years. This will be continued and in the 5th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra Awards. The festival will be dedicated to culture from the dawn of history until today. The goal is the projection of documentaries that will illustrate the tradition, culture, customs and traditions, folklore and the modern industrial civilization of our common country, Europe. The Festival’s target is to keep pace with the developments in technology and cinema, socially as well as commercially and to maintain its ecumenical character.
The above mp4 files should have English and Greek subtitles embedded (in
case of Foreign dialogues).
Our remarkable festival has also recently aqquired the EFFE label for 2017 - 2018!

Please find our trailer above:

1st Documentary award with prize
1st International Award
2nd International Award
3rd International Award
1st Feature Greek Award
2nd Feature Greek Award
3rd Feature Greek Award
1st Short GreekAward
2nd Short Greek Award
3rd Short Greek Award
Special Jury Award
Directing Award
Photography Award
Festival Awards
Audience Awards

The International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra (IDFI) is
organized by Xrysea nonprofit corporation, on August 3rd to 9th, 2019.
Film viewing has been scheduled at theaters (Melina Mercury , “Tzami”
Venetian Castle) and at external places (Tzami Square).
Aim of the festival. IDFI’s main purpose is the promotion of Art of
Documentary making, presenting a multifaceted universal film program
during the event.
One of the important aims of the festival is the promotion and the
diffusion of documentary production, as well the cooperation and the
development of esprit of friendship amongst the artists.
However, equally important is highlighting the local civilization
and especially the Minoan one and its contribution to Universal Culture.
The aim of IDFI is therefore, the qualitative upgrade of cultural and
intellectual life in local, national and international level, because we
believe that culture and cultivation of the intellect are indispensable
requisites of our lives.
The IDFI is an annual institution and is divided into Panorama
where international or national documentary productions (awarded or
not), are viewed and the Contest Part.
Terms of Participation.
a. Production Year of All the Contest Section films should be 2015‐2017.
b. All Greek and foreign Directors have the right to participate,
irrelevantly if they live and work in Greece or abroad.
c. Participation right to the Contest Part have all Documentaries with
subjects under the following topics:
Human Rights
Recordings of Memory
Views of the World
True Stories
Greek Panorama
Human Journeys
Human Portrait
Young Directors
d. The Documentaries are divided into short films (duration up to 30
minutes) and feature films (duration from 35 until 120 minutes)
e. The festival accepts the following film formats for viewing: mp4 file with HD resolution or vimeo link or link with HD resolution.
f. Special attention will be given to the film’s artistic quality as a total.
Also to the Documentary theme and to the direction’s exclusivity and
originality. Films which do not fulfill the above features will be excluded
from the IDFI.
g. 1/The films will be viewed with original dialogues and the foreign films must have Greek subtitles
2/ If dialogues are Greek, the film must have English subtitles.
3/ Copies for the preselection process will be submitted with Greek
subtitles in mp4 file.
4/ Only one film per participant and film category will be accepted.
5) IDFI is strictly a cultural institution. Viewing fees will not be given to
any film.
Participation Regulations. Film Directors and Producers are obliged to
complete and submit the participation form, in which technical data of
the documentary will be stated. They are also obliged to comply with the
terms and rules of the festival.
a. Deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2019.
b. The same deadline (May 30th, 2019) applies also in case an
application form has been e-mailed by the director or producer. In this
case the signed hard copy of the application form and the copies of the
film (mp4 file in HD Resolution ) should be sent by registered mail
to the festival address:
International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra Secreteriat
Stratigou Samouil 22 Ierapetra Greece, 72200,
Tel. 2842020345, Mob. 6948541393
Astrous 100, Kolonos, Athens, 10442

c. The festival will contact only the selected film directors/ producers
until July 20th 2018.
d. After submitting the application, the director/producer have no
right to withdraw their application for any reason.
e. Participation details and application form can be found at the
festival site:
All applications should include:
Application form properly filled in and signed by the director and
the producer plus accompanying material consisted of:
1. Mp4 file in HD resolution
2.or Vimeo link in HD resolution to download it.
The above mp4 files should have Greek subtitles embedded (in
case of English dialogues) or English (in case of Greek dialogues).
3. Film Summary (up to 140 words) in Greek (optional for foreign
participants) and English in digital format.
4. Director’s Biography (up to 70 words) in Greek (optional for
foreign participants) and English in digital format.
5. Four (4) snapshots of the film (horizontal) and one (1) director’s
photo, preferably 10Χ15 εκ. at 300 dpi or corresponding size.
6. Director’s Filmography as a column from latest to oldest (Date,
Title, Genre) in Greek and English in digital format
7. Trailer / DEMO of the film in DVD disk for viewing.
8. Supplementary advertising material (posters, brochures) if
7) Hosting: IDFI will host the film director for 2 nights.
8) Organizers have the right to arrange accordingly any issue not covered
by these terms and regulations.
9) Scenes from the documentary (less of 10% of total duration) can be
used for publicity purposes (internet, TV etc.)
10) The Festival has the privilege to show the selected Documentaries in
other affiliated Festivals, strictly for cultural and social purposes.

Overall Rating
  • A highly professional, well organized and communicative festival! Thank you so much! We can't wait to send you some new shorts from Warsaw Film School, for the next festival edition. Keep up the amazing work!

    March 2019
  • Irina Patkanian

    Amazing - a truly communal event, for people of Crete to see documentaries. All films get subtitled in Greek. There are many screening venues, some are outdoors. Beautiful opening ceremony. I only wish they said hello to us, introduced us to the audience and to other filmmakers. But we only stayed for one day. Even though we are used to feeling like kings and queens at U.S. festivals, after months and years of labor of love, but still we really enjoyed that it was for their own community...

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Irina, for your participation. We hope to see you the next year to the 6th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra 3rd - 10th August 2019. :)

  • Patrick Pfister

    Very friendly, helpful people in a town of friendly people. This festival is going to grow and blossom in the years to come. Many sincere thanks to Eleni, Koulla, Christos and everyone else on the Ierapetra team for their friendship and kind hospitality.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Patrick for your participation. We hope to see you the next year to the 6th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra 3rd - 10th August 2019. :)

  • A major local event. Communication is excellent. The quality is of the highest standard. It was an honor to be officially selected in this prestigious International Documentary Festival. Best wishes for future editions!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Steve, for your participation. We hope to see you the next year to the 6th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra 3rd - 10th August 2019. :)

  • Jim Kroft

    Thank you so much to all at the festival - it is curated with an incredible amount of love, the setting spectacular and the technics at a very high level. We were humbled to receive a festival award for "The March of Hope" and it is a really great feeling as an independent filmmaker to see festivals of this stature supporting filmmakers from all around the world. Hats off and I hope to be back whether as a fan of the festival or if luck has it, participating! Jim

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Jim, for your participation. We hope to see you the next year to the 6th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra 3rd - 10th August 2019. :)