Positively Different Short Film Festival, 19 - 21 March 2021, Athens

Building up on the success of 2020’s event, urged by intensified injustices as a result, among others, of the pandemic; moved by the uprisings against racism: Positively Different Short Film Festival returns!

We invite all filmmakers, 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 unseen.

Positively Different Short Film Festival focuses on the multiple facets of oppression and aspires to further creative works, cultural networks and political causes from and about the invisibles of modern societies. Our team and audience are charmed by aesthetic coherence as much as they are excited by 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 19th and 21st of March in Athens competing for 3 prizes - jury, audience, best greek film. Finalists will be financially supported to join the festival in person.

Fresh, non-competitive productions by young amateurs belonging to marginalised groups, concerts, workshops and masterclasses, special screenings, slum-poetry sessions and discussions will assemble an intense three-day celebration of 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)
Best greek film award: Voucher from on-line shop (amount to be confirmed)
Travel & subsistence costs: The directors or the producers of selected movies 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: 1 September – 15 October 2020
- 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.
- Completion date: after 01/09/2019
- Submission fee: 5 euro (fee waivers are available on a case by a case basis. If you want to be considered for one, briefly explain the reason by writing us at positivelydifferentff@gmail.com)
- 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 2020”.

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 10, 2021
- The jury consists of 3 well known European critics, 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, 2021 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 Jury prize, an audience prize and an award for the best greek film. 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, Best greek Film
- Prizes consist of cash and in kind awards 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
  • Simona Cocozza

    Great Festival, great staff, very good organization and interesting topic.

    October 2020
  • Carlos Guilherme Vogel

    Excelent! A great festival. Congratulations to everyone who did it.

    July 2020
  • 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