The Ancient Olive Tree

The village of Vouves in Chania, Crete is the home of the oldest olive tree in the world. With an estimated age of 3000-5000 years, the olive tree of Vouves has been declared a Natural Monument. This tree speaks to the human soul.

  • Matthaios Frantzeskakis
  • Matthaios Frantzeskakis
  • Cultural Organisation of Crete / Chania Film Festival
  • Kostas Kosmadakis
    Key Cast
    "Director of Photography"
  • Ilias and Dimitris Vlamakis
    Key Cast
  • Kostas Kosmadakis
    Key Cast
  • Eleanna Pontikaki
    Key Cast
    "Translation & Subtitles"
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
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Director Biography - Matthaios Frantzeskakis

He was born in Chania where he grew up. He studied mathematics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has studied journalism, culture unit management, cinema and social economy management. Since 1995 he has taught in formal and informal education structures. He has worked in print, radio and television. Since 2002 he has been running the Cultural Society of Crete, the opinion and culture newspaper "Compass of the City" and the homonymous publications. Since 2000 he has been involved in cinema and especially in its educational dimension. He has participated in the production of important documentaries, educational films, books as well as in the organization of dozens of events.
Director of the Chania FilmFestival (, and the Chania Film Festival in Education

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