It is a Festival of feature documentaries which emphasizes mainly on European documentary with masterclasses, retrospectives, parallel events, educational screenings, seminars and so on. The main Festival takes place during the last 10 days of January in Kalamata and part of the program is screened in seven more cities of the Peloponnese.
The overall attendance every year reaches approximately 12.000 to 13.000 viewers.
In 1017 for best foreign documentary went to the documentary Ketermaya by Lucas Lejderzak and for best greek documentary to “ The longest run” by Marianna Oikonomou.
in 2018 for best foreign documentary went to the documentary Canto a la vita by Nathalie Rossetti ,Turi Finocchiaro and for best greek to «Thessaloniki 1917: the fire that gave birth to a city» by Gregory Vradarinos
In 2019 the audience award for best foreign documentary went to the film A woman captured by Bernadet Tuza Ritter and for best greek to "A tree remembers" by Constantinos Follas. The two awards by the Secretary of equality went to “I itsai Romni” by Evaggelia Goula (Greece) and “Belle de Nuit” by Marie-Eve de Grave ( France) and a special mention to “Punishment Island” by Laura Cini “(Italy).
2 special awards by the committee of the University students went to “Guerrilla Voices” by Sjoerd van Grootheest ( Colombia) and “ Painting by Ioanna Neofytou (Greece)

The 6th Peloponnisos International documentary Festival will be held from January 17th to January 26th 2020.


Viewers’ award for the best greek and foreign documentary of 1000 euros each.

2 Awards from the General Secretariat of Gender and Equality

1. Establishing of a gender equality award

As promoting of gender equality is considered, among other things, the promotion of positive alternative gender relations or gender identities models, elimination/subversion of gender stereotypes,the identification and removal of gender-based discriminations, promotion of the rights and struggles of women.

This award may be given to both female and male creators whose artistic work (content, the film’s style ) meets the above requirements.

2 Production award (for greek documentary)

For the artistic work production award the manner of the film’s making will also be considered in accordance with the following. Rewarding of the manner of production, the application of equal treatment principles for those working in the film (equal participation of men in the creation of the film as is stated in the information submitted at the festival).

In order to be accepted, greek submitted documentaries have to have english subtitles, while all foreign documentaries must have subtitles in both english and greek. Otherwise, the cost of the translation of english subtitles into greek, depending on the film’s length, ranges from 30 to 40 euros.

The festival covers the director's hotel expenses for 3 days in Kalamata and the transportation from Athens to Kalamata.

Overall Rating
  • Lovely festival. And the weather was great, even in February!! Want to come again with my next film!!! :)

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hello Hjalmar? How are you? Hope to see you soon.I red you have done a new documentary? Would you like to submit it? you can sent it at my email best regards

  • It was a great experience to be there. The friendly team in a friendly atmosphere... Gina and Kleoni are such wonderful women that gathering us from all over the world. Rest of team; Antigone, Lena, Sofia, Kriakos, Yorgos, and many others are very self-giving person. On behalf of me, thanks for supporting efforts for directors, and audiences as well. The festival atmosphere was motivated me that I am still energetic. I'll always remember all good memories.

    February 2019
  • Bernadette Weber

    I really wonderful festival! Great selection of films, challenging Q&A, very engaged audience, and very commited and organized people behind the curtains. Hoping to be back soon!

    February 2019
  • Jesse van Venrooij

    A wonderful festival. Good documentaries and Q&A's. Very nice and friendly crew-members. It felt all very informal, which I liked. They selected my doc. about euthanasia...very brave because it is kind of a taboo-topic in lots of countries.
    The fact that the screenings are free for public of Kalamata and surrounding is beautiful. It brings more points of view of social relevant issues to the citizens. I was honored and felt humble to be part of the festival. Thnx to Gina and all crew-members!

    February 2019
  • Lunàdigas Nelser- Piga

    A festival full of interesting films. A warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere. A space of cultural resistance against homologation.
    Thanks to the festival team.
    A special thanks to the director Gina Petropolou and Cleoni Flessa: with you in Kalamata the Lunàdigas have felt at home.

    February 2019