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.