“The Aegean Island where Documentary film meets History & Culture”


6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo island
 “The Aegean Island where Documentary film meets History & Culture”
(August 22-August 29)


A celebration of cinema and culture will be set up for the 6th consecutive year on the idyllic island of Castellorizo, Greece. The 6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival which takes place under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou is to be held from August 22nd to August 29th and will make Castellorizo the Aegean Island where Documentary film meets History & Culture once again.

The Festival has now established itself as an institution of international scope, as more than 565 nominations from 50 different countries – despite the difficult conditions created by the COVID 19 pandemic – were submitted to the Festival’s Preselection Committee which consists of internationally renowned filmmakers. A total of 27 documentaries (11 feature films, 5 medium-length films and 11 short films) from 17 different countries were selected by the Festival’s Preselection Committee for the Competition section of the festival.

This year the jury will award the following prizes: Best History Documentary, Best Socio-political Documentary, Best Short Length Documentary – all of them a kind courtesy of the Hellenic Parliament-, Best Greek Documentary, sponsored by the Greek Film Center, the Special Award of Mediterranean Friendship by EKOME and the Special Award of Odyssey courtesy of the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad & Public Diplomacy, which will be awarded to a filmmaker of the Greek diaspora.

The difficult award process is undertaken by distinguished members of the international film community, chaired by Klaus Eder – General Secretary FIPRESCI. The Jury will be completed by Marianna Economou – President of the Greek Documentary Association and acclaimed director, Jean-Christoph Caron – Head of Documentaries of PHOENIX, Bruno Chatelin –coordinator of international documentary festivals- and awarded director Maro Anastopoulou.

The Institute of Documentary Film (Prague) will be awarded as this year’s Academic Partner of Honour for its commendable and long-lasting support of talented filmmakers.

The Hellenic Parliament Television Channel known for its support of Parliamentarianism and Culture will also be awarded as the annual Media Partner of Honour.

For the first time Beyond Borders will introduce the institution of the Festival Partner of Honour. In this context Beyond Borders will award Movies That Matter, an International Festival from the Netherlands which supports Human Rights-themed films.

The opening ceremony and closing ceremony of the festival will be dedicated to Greece’s Bicentennial. During the opening ceremony on August 22nd, locals and foreign visitors will have the chance to watch the excellent documentary by Panos A. Thomaidis titled “Spetses ‘21, At the Crossroads of History”.

The concert that will follow by the title “And we have on our mast forever a lookout – the Sovereign Sun!” (Odysseus Elytis) will star the great singer Morfo Tsaireli and the composer-pianist Andreas Anagnostopoulos.

The group also includes the excellent soloists: Giannis Niarchos (voice, guitar), Michalis Dimas (bouzouki), Artemis Vavatsika (accordion), Αntonia Tsolaki (bass).

This year, the Athens String Quartet which consists of the leading members of the Athens State Orchestra will musically fill the intervals between the screenings.

The closing ceremony will feature the documentary film “The Cradock Murders” by David Forbes and Michel Noll. The concert will end with with a concert by Vasilis Gisdakis – a close collaborator and performer of Manos Hadjidakis –  accompanied on stage by the great musical ensemble ARGONAUTS consisting of the soloists Dimitris Papangelidis (classical guitar), Spyros Pagiatis (piano), Dimitris Koufogiorgos (mandolin) and Mariliza Papadouri Papangelidi (cello).

The Panorama section of the Festival which features 15 non-competing documentaries, will discover and highlight the continuity, the past, the present and the future of world documentary production.

In the context of the festival three Masterclasses and four Pitching Lab by BBC Storyville Editor-in-Chief Mandy Chang, Chairman of this year’s Jury Klaus Eder and the artistic director of the Movies That Matter Film Festival Margje de Koning.  During their Masterclasses they plan to impart a wealth of knowledge on film criticism, on the process of making a feature documentary film, on best practices for independent filmmakers and on funding strategies for creative documentaries in the hope of guiding young up-and-coming filmmakers.

Throughout the festival, visitors will have the chance to enjoy the exhibition of the National Historical Museum, “The Archipelago on Fire” that will be hosted at the Municipality Hall of Megisti. The exhibition will be inaugurated by His Grace the Metropolitan of Symi and Castellorizo Chrysostomos representing His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It is an exhibition of reproductions from the Collections and Archive of Historical Documents of the National Historical Museum, on the naval struggle of the Greeks. At the same time, visitors on the island will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique sculpture exhibition of the “Saint” of the island Alexandros Zygouris.

On the occasion of the recent publication by the Hellenic History Foundation (IDISME) titled “Themistocles Chrysanthopoulos in the labyrinth of the Greek Diplomacy-Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1945-1980”, the first presentation of the book in Greece will be made on August 28th in the context of the Festival’s Parallel activities.

On the islet of Agios Georgios (St. George) a theatrical performance will take place on August 25th on the subject of the unknown contribution of Konstantinos Polychroniadis on the propagation of the Greek Revolution. It is a four-language publication by the Hellenic History Foundation (IDISME) featuring pre-revolutionary texts published across the European Press of his time. Polychroniadis’s goal was to raise awareness among the European public opinion about the significance of the struggle for Independence.

This year’s event will also be interesting for the Castellorizian youth as in collaboration with the National Historical Museum, our little friends will have the chance to create their own works of art using portraits and engravings with figures and scenes from the Greek Revolution of 1821 as their reference points.

Simultaneously, through the “Fairytale Musical Journeys” of Lily Tegou, they will be introduced to the concept of freedom and travel to the magical world of music. Older children will have the opportunity to attend Andreas Katsikoudis’s professional photography seminar of “I love photography”. At the end of the seminar, the artworks of the students will be exhibited at the Municipality Hall of Megisti.

The Shadow Theater of Alexandros Melissinos will inspire plenty of laughter for our little friends whereas the Clown/Magician Motzo Jojo will travel young and old alike to new magical adventures.

Attendance to all educational events, screenings and activities is free of charge.

Beyond Borders is organized by the Hellenic History Foundation, in co-organization with Ecrans des Mondes (Paris). The Festival is sponsored and/or supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hellenic Ministry of Νational Defence, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Secretariat General for the Aegean and Island Policy, the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hellenic Parliament, the Municipality of Megisti, the Embassy of Australia in Athens, the U.S. embassy in Athens, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Athens, the Embassy of Cyprus in Athens, the Embassy of Spain in Athens, the Cervantes Institute in Athens, the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens, the Czech Centre in Athens, EKOME, the Greek Film Center and ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation).

Please find the Official Program of the Festival here: http://beyondborders.gr/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/programma.pdf

Please follow the link to watch the advertising spot of the 6th Beyond Borders 2021 at https://youtu.be/_Tcf0jBgkr8 and the snapshots of last year’s edition at https://youtu.be/iwGPfFkkzqc