Micro μ Festival, is the fastest-growing independent short film festival in Greece.
What makes this one-day festival unique is the fact that it takes place in different cities around Greece and the world on the same day and time. It thus gives the ability to all its audiences to connect, through simultaneously watching the 15 pre-selected films in real time and then voting for their favourite.
Micro μ festival’s ambition has been to promote the short film genre to a wider Greek audience, especially in rural areas of Greece and selected cities abroad, as well as to unite Greeks all over the globe through internationally highlighting the high level of work of young Greek directors.
The festival has had a great impact to the Greek audience so far and since 2011, when it was first launched in Athens, requests to include new cities in its network every year have greatly increased. So far, the festival has managed to raise the number of participating cities in approximately two per year, reaching the last years more than ten in Greece and abroad.
The non-profit Organization «Katoptron» operates in Greece from 2011 and aims at promoting Greek culture.
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Μicro μ Festival’s organizational committee is essentially a small team of volunteers who all offer their time and knowledge in order to realise it each year, with its production costs covered through funding raised from local sponsors.
2011Micro μ Festival was first held in Athens on September 26, 2011 and hosted 15 authors Greek films.
2012After the success of the first event, the 2nd Micro μ Festival was held in October 6, 2012. An important innovation was included in the organization this year, the simultaneous screening of films in three cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes) and the direct participation of the audience through three parallel events to highlight the vote of the festival’s favorite movie, which took place in a live connection for the first time in Greece.
2013The 3rd Micro μ Festival established the festival in the conscience of the Greek audience. The network of cities participating in the festival grew. Besides the already participating cities, Chania and Ptolemaida were added. The award given to the winner director was an offer for services of 1,000 euros.
2014The 4th Micro μ Festival opened its wings abroad. On October 5, 2014, it was held in Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Chania, Ptolemaida, Corfu and Paris. At 19:30pm the cities were coordinated and watched the creations of young Greek filmmakers highlighting their "favorite". The award was again a service offering 1,500 euros. On the fourth organization the Greek Film Center supported the festival for the first time.
2015The 5th Micro μ Festival was held on October 3rd, 2015 for the first time in ten cities. Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Chania, Ptolemaida, Corfu, Veria, Heraklion, Xanthi and Paris simultaneously watched the festival films and through live streaming voted for their favorite films. The award given to the winner director was an offer services of 1,500 euros.
2016The 6th Micro μ Festival took place the 1st of October 2016 in twelve cities, three countries and two continents. All audiences in Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Chania, Ptolemaida, Corfu, Veria, Heraklion, Xanthi, Patra, Paris and New York watched the festival’s films. This year apart from the film contest the festival also presented a tribute to social issues related to labour market in Greece during the financial crisis aiming at sensitising the audience. The festival’s award to the winner has been an offer for services of 1,500 euros, related to their next project.
2017The 7th Micro μ Festival was held o October 14th, 2017 in Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Chania, Heraklion, Xanthi, Patra, Tripoli, Volos, Santorini, Ioannina, Paris, Berlin, Odessa, and Alexandria viewed simultaneously the 15 films of the competition section of the festival. The awards given to the two "favorite" films as voted by the audience were of a total value of 3,000 euros. The 7th Micro μ was held, for the second year, under the auspice of the Ministry of Culture, while also launched important collaborations with the Centre Culturelle Hellenique in Paris and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.
2018The 8th Micro μ Festival took place from October 9th to 13th, 2018 in eleven cities. Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Chania, Heraklion, Xanthi, Patra, Tripolis, Paris, Copenhagen and Alexandria hosted simultaneously the competition section of the festival. A total of 34 films (15 in the competition section + 12 in the international section + 7 part of the special tribute) were screeend during the IMMF 2018. The awards given to the three "favorite" films as voted by the public were in kind services for the next films of the filmmakers, worth 2,500 euros.
2019The 9th edition of Micro μ Festival took place on 9-13 of October, 2019 at twelve cities and hosted 39 short films and 2 feature films, that were screened at 25 special screening nights. The Competition Section was held simultaneously on 12 of October at Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Chania, Xanthi, Tripoli, Ptolemaida, Rethimno, Paris, Copenhagen and Alexandreia.
2020The 10th edition of Micro μ Festival, even though initially was planned to be hosted at 12 cities so as to celebrate its ten years presence, due to COVID-19 pandemic had to be displayed online. It was held through 26-29 of November and presented the Greek Competition and International Section. More than 6000 unique viewers from 48 different aspects of Greece watched the Festival through theirs screens.
2021The 11th Micro μ Festival was back on cinema theaters all around Greece. From 7 to 10 October, our audience watched at Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Ptolemaida, Rethimno, Veria, Xanthi, Paris and online the Greek Competition, the International and for the first time the Student Section awarding 5 films by pallot.
The tribute entitled “Micro Future: Tomorrow's Technology” is implemented by the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and its co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek National Funds. The film tribute has free admission and it’s accessible to disabled people.”
All screenings of the tribute is free to the public and access for people with disabilities is guaranteed.