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IMμF 2023

Micro μ film festival sets its ballot boxes to nine cities

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International Micro μ Festival is back for its thirteenth edition in order to connect the short film lovers in Greece and feature the favorite short film for 2023. From October 12 to 14, festival’s audience in Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Veria, Ptolemaida, Rethimno, Ioannina, Copenhagen and Paris will have the chance to watch a full program of Greek and foreign short films and vote their favorite film makers so that they win prices which encourage them to continue their creative route.

The main screening of IMμF 2023, the “live” Greek competition section, will be held on Saturday 14 of October simultaneously at the 9 cities of this year’s Micro m’s net. We will invite the audience to watch 15 Greek short films and vote for their favorite.

The rest of the days the audience will have the chance, depending on which city they are, to enjoy and vote for their favorite Greek Student short film on our Student Section. The last day of our screening program once more, we will host the screening of the International Section.

IMμF 2023 : The Films

NOTHING HOLIER THAN A DOLPHIN


DURATION17'
YEAR2022
DIRECTOR - WRITER Isabella Margara
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHY Claudio Bolivar, GSC
SOUND DESIGNNikos Linardopoulos
SOUNDStefanosEfthymiou,LeandrosNtounis
EDITINGChristos Giannakopoulos
CASTDimitris Kataleifos,GiorgosSymeonidis , FlomariaPapadaki,SamouelAkinola , Christos Karavevas, HarilaosTrouvas, IoannaFasoula, Michael Giannikakis, GiorgosKasapakistd>
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Twofishermenfindadolphindrowning in their net. The dolphin from his side finds a fisherman who is drowning in the sea and tries to save him. InthissmallMediterranean village, an ancient legend reveals unexpectedly.


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DURATION15’
YEAR2022
DIRECTOR - WRITER Andreas Vakalios
DIRECTION of PHOTOGRAPHYFiliOlsefski
SOUND PanagiotisPapagiannopoulos
EDITINGGabriela Gerolemou
ΜUSICLefterisZervakis
CASTMaria Karantinaki,NikolakisZegkinoglou , StefanosDamianidis, BlerimDhampiraj, YannisNanis, Nikos Mavroudis, GiorgosAdamantiadis, EfthaliaPapakosta
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25th of March. AyounggirlsetsasmallfireandsaysasmalllieaboutVlad. Smalllieseasily lose control. The same as the small fires.


PINK MOUNTAIN


DURATION8’ 21’’
YEAR2022
DIRECTOR Thomas Künstler
WRITERS Thomas Künstler, GlykeriaPatramani
DIRECTION of PHOTOGRAPHY DimitrisLampridis
SOUND Persephone Miliou
EDITING Thomas Künstler
CHARACTER DESIGN FaidraDerizioti, Thomas Kunstler
ART DIRECTOR KonstantionsPapageorgiou
VFX & COMPOSITING MihalisGkiokas
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Ioannins, South Balkans, 1808

WhatcanahumplefloristdoinordertowinPasha’s bride’s heart?

AnoldOttomanfairytailthat describes the story of a forbidden love, made with patience, silence and the help of an heron.


GREENHOUSE


DURATION17’ 40’’
YEAR2023
DIRECTOR - WRITERGeorge Georgakopoulos
DIRECTION of PHOTOGRAPHYYorgosKoutsaliaris
SOUNDEnesAchmetKechagia, Elias Floudas
EDITINGGeorge Georgakopoulos
MUSICGrigoris Liolios
CASTFabricioMuco, YiannisMochlas, Stella Papanikolaou, GiorgosNinios, Nikolas Marakopoulos, Michalis Sionas, Vasilis Koustogiannis, Sylvia Tsompanaki, OrestisPaliadelis, Anna Sotiroudi, MariosMevouliotis, DImitrisTsilinikos, Giannis Angelakis
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Sally, an immigrant youngster, dreams of leaving his small town to play football for Juventus. In order to do so, he must fight the realities of his life that threaten to hold him back.


A PIECE OF LIBERTY


DURATION10’
YEAR2023
DIRECTOR - WRITERAntigoniKapaka
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHYYannis Karabatsos
SOUNDGeorge Mikrogiannakis
EDITINGJullieWuillai
CASTFeliceTopi, AchilleasChariskos, Fidel Talampoukas
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The Statue of Liberty and Joker, two wandering street performers, end up in the same police cell. When the systemic brutality of the state and the police “breaks” Liberty, Joker will search for the pieces to rebuild her from scratch.



ANOTHER DAY


DURATION7’ 14΄΄
YEAR2022
DIRECTOR - WRITER Panagiotis Panagis
DOP - EDITINGPanagiotis Panagis
SOUND Lunar Moods
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The short documentary film 'Another Day' offers a glimpse into the daily life on the streets of Thessaloniki. It explores a city where constant social and class differentiations are apparent at every turn. The film captures the flow of life through the visual narrative, while the observer's thoughts run alongside. Through a series of ordinary individuals and moments, often overlooked, a connection is woven in this intimate portrayal.


LOOK AT THE STARS


DURATION11’28’’
YEAR2023
DIRECTOR - WRITERArisKouvaras
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHYEvan Maragkoudakis
SOUNDArisLouziotis
EDITING Dimitris Polizou
CASTDimitrios Petropoulos, Panagiotis Margetis, YorgosKitrinos, George Kapiniaris
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In the twilight of his life, an elderly man revisits a bittersweet memory and reshapes it in the way he would have liked to have lived it.


WINGS


DURATION17’33’’
YEAR2023
DIRECTORFivosImellos
WRITER FivosImellos, Nancy Spetsioti
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHYGeorge Frentzos
SOUNDValiaTserou
EDITINGManthos Sardis
CAST Despina Kourti,StathisKoikas
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A woman receives a startling phone call from her son, while waiting for him and his girlfriend over for lunch.


ROCK PAPER SCISSORS


DURATION4’ 40’'
YEAR2023
DIRECTOR-WRITER Christina Penteridou
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHYYiannisManolopoulos
SOUNDVaggelisKioumourtzis
EDITINGParaskevasNikolaou
CAST Katerina Skylogianni, EriMarioglou, SofoklisMathiopoulos
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It’s late at night, following two girls who have just returned from a party. With a craving for cigarettes and none left at home, they resort to playing their usual game of Rock Paper Scissors to determine who will make the late-night cigarette run. The innocent game of Rock Paper Scissors will decide the course of each girl's night. While the game may expose one to risk, it is also what will equip her against it. “Rock Paper Scissors” is a suspenseful exploration of the vulnerability women can face when out alone at night.


SHORT DRAFT


DURATION23'
YEAR2022
DIRECTOR - WRITERSpyridon Papaspyrou
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHY Manu Tilinski
SOUND Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos
EDITINGTasosKakousis
CASTDimitris Kapetanakos,AntonisTsiotsiopoulos,DafniLazaropoulou
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A man hijacks a taxi when the taxi driver refuses to take him where he wants. Two men will share a ride where everything will go wrong and a girl will change their way, where the end will be a mystery even for the heroes of Short Draft.



WHITE CHRISTMAS 1948


DURATION16'
YEAR2022
DIRECTORAntoniosNikiforosVallindras
WRITERAlexandra Dyranis-Maounis
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHYMihalisGkatzogias
SOUND Dimitris Barboutis
EDITINGVasiaDoulia
CASTVasilis Koutsogiannis, AnastasisLaoulakos, Nikos Gelia , Petra Mavridi,Dimitris Siganos ,IoannaPitaouli, Nikos Tsolis, Vasilis Safos, ThanasisKromlidis, NefeliFrantzeskaVlahouli, ThodorisKouloumpis, ZisisPapaioannou, IsavellaKasimati
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During the Greek Civil War, a commander of the Communist side, wants to give his comrades an emotional humane moment before returning to the barbaric reality of the war.


FORTY THREE PAGES


DURATION1΄ 12’’
YEAR2022
DIRECTOR - WRITERAlex Panitsas
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHYAlex Panitsas
EDITINGAlex Panitsas
SOUND Chapter V Audio
CASTVassilisKoutsogiannis, TasiannaKechrakou, Alexandros Kosmas , GiorgosSkordopitoulas, TSK Tattoer
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43 is the minimum number of pages, which cannot be penetrated by a sharp object.


ΤΟΝΙ


DURATION15’ 26’’
YEAR2021
DIRECTOR Roman Filiev
WRITER Roman Filiev, Niki Alexandra Charilaou
DIRECTOR of PHTOGRAPHY Roman Filiev
SOUND Alexandros Karotseris, Alexandros Sotiriadis
EDITING Roman Filiev
CAST Toni Sulo, MariaSulo, Martino Biassoni, GeorgeKipiani,PetrosMaliarasς, AnastasiosThomoglou
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The true story of a young immigrant who is forced to leave his loved ones in Albania, in search of a better life beyond the borders of his country..


UNTIL YOU SEE ME


DURATION15’
YEAR2023
DIRECTOR-WRITEREleannaSantorinaiou
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHYYiannis Simos
SOUND DESIGNValiaTserou
EDITINGYiannisChalkiadakis
CASTOmiros Poulakis, Lila Baklesi, Zoe Mylonas, MatinaDimitropoulou, EvgeniaMaragkou, Dimitris Fourlis, DimosMamaloudis
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Petros takes an emotional journey whilst he walks through the corridors of a cemetery, holding an old Hi8 camera and burying a beloved person.


CAN YOUWATER A GARDEN WITH TEARS ?


DURATION7'
YEAR2023
DIRECTOR-WRITERTheodorosSelekos
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHY Evan Maragkoudakis
SOUND JosephVanger
EDITINGTheodorosSelekos
CAST Stavros Tsoumanis
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In an empty urban landscape in Athens, during the hottest summer in the last 50 years, we find Stavros early in the morning before his seasonal job as a gardener, in the midst of an anxiety crisis. Trying to manage his mental health situation, he records all his thoughts on a tape recorder to relieve himself of the emotional burden. By speaking into the recorder, he distracts his toxic mind from negative thoughts. As he calms down, Stavros decides to prepare for work, beginning his job in an abandoned garden in the suburbs of the city.


 

AWARDS


The filmmaker of the third in preference film will earn the right for free rental rights for equipment and post production services, worth 500 € from RGB studios for his/her next production


The filmmaker of the second in preference film will earn 500 € from from the Festival organizer .


The filmmaker of the winner film will earn the right for free rental rights for equipment and post production services, worth 1000 € from RGB studios for his/her next production and 1000 € offered by the Festival Organizer.


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IMμF 2023 : THE PRELIMINARY PHASE

The film submission period for the International Micro μ Festival 2023 is over. The organizing committee would like to thank all the filmmakers who trusted our festival once again with their work. This year film directors from 67 countries, from all around the world, submitted their short film hoping that will be selected on the 13th Microμ Festival. All films are now at the command of the jury.

During September, we will announce the fifteen Greek short films that will be screened and be considered for the audience vote on a live connection at the cities of IMMF 2023’s net. In parallel, we will announce the short films of the International Section, the Student Section as well as the final program of IMμF.

The members of IMμF 2023’s jury are:



Yeorgia Μ. Sotirchou: Director. She was born in Athens. She studied Applied Art and works as a Graphic Designer in companies and publishing houses. In the meanwhile, she was taking lessons of improvisation and theater acting. Afterwards, she started having lessons in film direction at Athens and ended up with aΒΑofMediaProduction, Film Directing at Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh. She has directed three shotfilms, “In the Room” - 2019 / “Phalaenopsis Alba” - 2018 / “Without(;)” - 2016, that have been selected and awarded in many Film Festivals. As a creator she focuses in loneliness, dignity in life and death, solidarity, personal freedom and looks at human’s social and psychological matters into an existential dimension. During this period, she works in television and simultaneously as a Graphic Designer.

Yannis Zafiris: Director. He was born and he grew up in Athens. He studied Graphic Design and Photography with artistic direction in conceptual – experimental self portraits and used the landscape as a dramatic tool. After being inspired from watching films of Andrei Tarkovski, Antonioni and Kiarostami, in combination with taking courses in Film Direction from renowned directors, he started creating his own moving pictures. His basic axis both thematically as long as aesthetically was creating a new poetical realism. In2015hereleasedhisfirstshortfilm“Rhizome”, which was screened in many Festivals at Greece and abroad. The following years, he directed two more short films (Visit, Springtime Rest). His last film “Plastic Flowers”was screened and awarded in 42 Film Festivals, from USA to Nepal. The script of his film“Ξένεμου” was fund by the Greek Film Center.



Dimitris Mamios: Actor. He was born in Athens. He studied Acting in Veaki Drama School from where he graduated at 2012. He has taken part in many performances of Athens Festival, Kefallinias Theater, Technis Theater and many more. In 2018 he was awarded in the Category Best Actor at International Hanoi Festival in Vietnam and in 2022 he was also awarded as Best Actor at the National Thessaloniki’s Theater Awards for his performance in “The Plague” of Albert Camus. Moreover, all these years, he has taken part in films, tv series, advertisements and he entered into music and singing. This year, he has made his first directing attempt for the Lemnos Festival



Michael Demetrius:Director. Born in 1989, Michael Demetrius holds a Master’s degree in Theatrical Studies, specializing in Acting and Directing, Magister Artium with honors from the Open University of Cyprus (2019). He graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Greenwich, UK, also with honors, having first a Certificate in Film & Television Studies from New York College, Athens Campus. In 2020 Michael acted as assistant professor to Ana SanzMagallon at the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) for script and project development. Michael’s filmography is focusing on intrafamily relationships through socio-economic crisis by interconnecting and linking views, fears and hopes of the human soul. He is dedicated to the development and production of films, documentaries, and television series with a strong artistic gaze, addressing audiences worldwide. Michael directed the 16-episodes documentary series, «ΧωρίςΕρώτηση»/ “Without Question” (2016-2017), first shown on ERT2 (National Broadcaster). The personality and the history of each invitee is revealed nonstop – without a question – by using the technique of one-take. His films have won awards at many international Film Festivals.



Simos Kiparissopoulos:Actor and Founder of the Micro μ Festival. He was born in Thessaloniki in March 1975. After attending the School of Technological Applications of the educational institute of Piraeus, he dealt with art. In 2005 he graduated from the Drama School of G. Theodossiades in Athens and he began practicing as an actor in theater, television and cinema. At the same time, since 2007, he has been working on the production and organization of artistic events and plays in Athens. Since 2011 he has been the manager of KATOPRON SA, through which he created the Micro μ short film festival, which is held for the last nine years in Greece and abroad. He is a member of the Hellenic Actors' Association and quite active in the field despite his continuοus involvement in the festival.