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The Aegean Film Festival is launched

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- After seven years, the International Film Festival of Patmos is being rebranded with the aim of further developing it

The Aegean Film Festival is launched

The festival that has been known for the past seven years as the International Film Festival of Patmos (IFFP), is now being re-launched as the International Aegean Film Festival (AFF). The founders of the IFFP want to keep the features that brought the festival more than 25,000 visitors during its past editions, whilst also expanding, with more events and screenings. Retaining its location, the AFF is launching its 2017 edition, which will take place from 25 – 30 July, in four different venues of the Dodecanese island of Patmos, Greece.

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The programme of the AFF spans to more than 80 films in two feature-film sections, fictional and documentary, while the short film competition is being held in partnership with Sundance TV. In the fictional feature section, the selected films are Park [+see also:
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by Sofia Exarchou, Roza of Smyrna [+see also:
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by George Kordellas, My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
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by Claude Barras, Hunt for the Wilderpeople by Taika Waititi, Rock’n Roll [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canet, Centaur [+see also:
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by Aktan Arym Kubat, Meteor Street [+see also:
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by Aline Fischer, Red Dog: True Blue by Kriv Stenders, Free and Easy by Jun Geng, and A United Kingdom [+see also:
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by Amma Asante while the festival will be opened by Luc Besson’s 1988 film The Big Blue.

The documentary section includes Hell on Earth: the Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, Spectres Are Haunting Europe [+see also:
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by Maria Kourkouta and Niki Giannari, Dries by Reiner Holzemer, Shingal, Where Are You? by Angelos Rallis and Hans Ulrich Gössl, Into the Centre of the Wheel by Orfeas Peretzis, Machines [+see also:
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by Rahul Jain, and It’s Not Yet Dark [+see also:
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by Frankie Fenton.

In terms of parallel events, AFF will host an environmental tribute dedicated to providing information on the destruction of the sea, entitled ‘Echoes - Revelations of the Ocean’, during which five documentaries will be screened and a special panel discussion held. Another panel being organised is entitled ‘Online, cinema and the renascence of television’.

The 2017 edition of the International Aegean Film Festival will take place under the auspices of UNESCO, the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Greek Film Centre, with the support of the Municipality of Patmos as well as local businesses and hotels.

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