Positively Different, Short Film Festival, 13 - 15 February 2020, Athens

Drawn by the multiple facets of oppression, aspiring to further creative works, cultural networks and political causes from and about the invisibles of modern societies, the brand new "Positively Different" short film festival invites all film-makers, documentarists, visual artists and film-students to submit short movies from the fields of fiction, documentary or visual arts.

We are particularly interested in the topic of intersectionality; in the stories of communities and individuals that, due to their intersecting identities and complex experiences regarding their gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, religion and able-bodiedness, remain in the dark, underrepresented and voiceless.

Our team and audience are charmed by intellectual vigour, aesthetic and stylistic coherence as much as they are excited by straightforwardness, robustness, simplicity, tacitness. Shorts that reflect bold visions, grounded sophistication, original viewpoints and personal urgency are, essentially, what we are after!

The festival will feature a curated catalogue of 30 short films (up to 30' long) that will be screened between the 13th and 16th of February in Athens competing for 3 prizes.

Fresh, non-competitive productions by young amateurs belonging to marginalised groups, concerts, special screenings, slum-poetry sessions and discussions will assemble an intense three days of celebrating diversity as the beauty of our world.

Best film award: Cash prize (amount to be confirmed)
Audience award: Voucher from on-line shop (amount to be confirmed)
Travel & subsistence costs: The directors or the producers of all movies selected to be screened in the festival will be provided with travel and subsistence costs aimed to partially fund their participation in the festival.

- Period for submission of videos: 30 October – 14 December 2019
- Topic: Intersectionality; LGBTQI+; Feminism; Oppression; Privilege.
- Age of video makers: There is no age limit to the participants in the competition.
- Origin: There is no limitation or restriction to the origin of the video or its author.
- Duration: Videos should be up to 30 minutes long.
- Categories: Documentary, fiction, animation, experimental, video art.

Submission of your video:
- You can use Vimeo (by submitting your password) or any other platform to submit the video. Other forms of submission (e.g. USB stick delivered to our office) will also be accepted.
- The video files should be in one of the formats: AVI, MP4 or MOV.
- Videos created with a smartphone are encouraged and will also be accepted.
- Suggested frame size 1080 * 1920
- Language: The video can be in any language, subtitled in English.
- Each video maker can participate with one video only.
More information available here: positivelydifferentff@gmail.com, indicating in the subject line of your e-mail: “Video Call 2019”.

Film Festival Terms
Title: “Positively Different” Short Film Festival
- The final number of films that will be screened during the festival in Athens depends on the number of participants and the final decision of the organizing team
- The final films will be selected by the International Jury of the Film Festival by January 9, 2020
- The jury consists of 3 well known European film-makers and experts.
- The selection of the screened films, the order of projection and the programme are decided by the organisers, based on the technical specifications, the duration and the grouping of the films.
- The finalists will be informed by January 15 about the progress of their film in the contest
- The organising team of the “Positively Different” short-film festival, reserves the right to project part of the final films whenever it is needed for reasons of promotion of the Festival and under no circumstances for commercial causes.
- The finalists have to inform the organisers whether they will attend the festival in Athens so that the organizing team to organise their trip and staying in Athens
- There will be a prize from the Jury and a prize from the audience that will attend the Festival. The organisers will decide about the possibility of giving special prizes regarding the amount and the characteristics of the finalist films.
- The award ceremony will take place in Athens in a special ceremony right after the end of the “Positively Different” Short Film Festival and it will give: Best Film Award, Audience Award, New Entry Award
- Prizes consist of in kind awards and a statute as well as promotion in other events of the organisation throughout the year
- Participants agree to give interviews to the communication sponsors and to be photographed if asked.
- Parts of the Festival will be filmed for Inter Alia’s archive and for its promotion to the public. Members of the audience and participants that may appear in these parts cannot claim anything from the organising company.
- During the “Positively Different” Short Film Festival parallel events will take place.
Positively Different Short Film Festival organising team reserves the right to cancel the Festival if it is necessary
- The sending out of the signed participation form entails the complete and unconditional acceptance of the above terms of participation.

Overall Rating
  • Gisela Chicolino

    a festival of this topic is a necessary one. please keep working on generating these contents to the audiences

    February 2020
  • Ava Shacklady

    Great communicating before hand with questions seeming no fuss to the organisers.
    This warm and friendly atmosphere carried on through the festival weekend, with a lovely and breakfast included, many of us gathered for lunch and dinner.
    In regards to the festival itself, the standard of films were great, everyone friendly and enthusiastic.

    Great experience

    February 2020