3rd Evia Film Project // 2-6 July 2024 Top-notch names and water as the core theme of TFF’s green initiative

Evia Film Project, the green initiative launched by Thessaloniki Film Festival returns for its third edition, from July 2nd to July 6th 2024, in Edipsos, Limni, and Agia Anna, focusing on water as its core theme. The sea, rain, all water resources, and their pivotal and life-defining ties with mankind take center stage, along with the agony triggered by their destruction. Sustainability actions, screenings, children’s workshops, and open discussions are lined up waiting for the audience of the 3rd Evia Film Project, carried out with the support of the Ministry of Culture. Admission to all screenings and events is free and open to the general public. 

Renowned and treasured artists, next to distinguished film industry professionals from Greece and abroad will attend the festival in Northern Evia to share the secrets of their art with the audience. Among them are the multi-awarded filmmaker Emin Alper, beloved musician Kostis Maraveyas, acclaimed screenwriter Katerina Bei, interdisciplinary artist Yolanda Markopoulou, as well as film director and animator Fokion Xenos.

Exciting movies are in store for us in Evia, such as the midnight screening of legendary Jaws by Steven Spielberg, which stirred the waters of the Hollywood; Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey, a portrait of the pioneering explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea; and Emin Alper’s Burning Days, a profoundly political film that unravels the repercussions of the human intervention in the environment. 

Masterclasses by top-notch names

Six intriguing masterclasses will be held in Agia Anna, from July 4th to July 6th, within the framework of a specialized workshop, tailor-made for the students of the Department of Digital Arts and Cinema of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, based in Psachna, Evia. All masterclasses are free for the audience. 

Thursday July 4th

Masterclass by Yolanda Markopoulou

Challenges in the creation of a Mixed Reality project

Taking the Μixed Ρeality (MR) project Paradise Lost, currently in the development stage, as a case study, the prolific interdisciplinary artist will discuss the challenges that exist in the landscape of Greek production, and especially the technical solutions that can cater to the artistic vision at the level of programming, 3D animation, motion capture, etc.

Friday July 5th

Masterclass by Emin Alper – Yorgos Tsourgiannis

Burning Days: Filmmaking in the Drylands

Emin Alper, one of the most prominent Turkish filmmakers of our time, and renowned Greek producer Yorgos Tsourgiannis, co-producer of Alper’s latest film (Burning Days), discuss the creative process behind their work;  together they will explore the challenges of filmmaking in uncertain times and geographical contexts, developing alternative methodologies against, with, and possibly due to erratic limitations. 

During the the 3rd Evia Film Project, Emin Alper will also attend  the screening of his film Burning Days, which received the FISCHER Audience Award for the Balkan Survey’s official selection of the 63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival. 

Masterclass by Katerina Bei 

Scriptwriting: The Art of the Feasible

How easy is it to put your thoughts on paper and how realistic is it to believe that’s enough? Katerina Bei will discuss the collaboration between a screenwriter, a film director, and a producer, as well as cinema genres and their specific challenges; at the same time, she will lay down techniques and practices, comparing the similarities and differences between the scripts written for the small and the big screen. 

Masterclass by Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People with the festival’s artistic director Pantelis Panteloglou 

Child and Cinema: A Constant Relationship 

From its outset, cinema has been a dynamic medium immediately associated with childhood (and therefore with education), significantly affecting the ways we think about and perceive our world. This talk will set off a journey from the interwar period to this day, with the aim to identify the key and invariable points, as well as the relentless radical changes of this relationship, with a focus on the Greek reality.

Saturday July 6th

Masterclass by Kostis Maraveyas

Milky Way and Other Universes of Music: Is music needed in the galaxy of the image?

Following the success of the original score he wrote for last season’s smash hit TV series Milky Way by Vasilis Kekatos, Kostis Maraveyas returns to Evia Film Project for a masterclass on music for the screen, explaining the terms in which cinema can give a helping hand to the narrative and visual world. He unravels his personal approach to the matter and analyzes the way he teams up with film and stage directors, from the moment of identifying the scenes that call out for a musical touch up until the final selection of sounds and composition. 

Masterclass by Fokion Xenos 

Heatwave: Combining Animation Techniques

A presentation on the mixed-media techniques and the combination of analog and digital registers in the world of animation. Delving into his awarded graduation short Heatwave, the artist talks about the process of discovering new animation techniques, narrating his personal journey from the role of the VFX artist and digital designer all the way to becoming a stop-motion filmmaker. 

The films of the 3rd Evia Film Project

This year’s films focus on water or its lack thereof. Adventures, thrillers, horror films, political dramas, animation, comedies, and documentaries capture in a fascinating way our essential relation with the water world. 

The Odyssey

Director: Jérôme Salle

France - Belgium, 2016, 122΄

Summer, 1946. The Cousteau family – Jacques, his wife Simone, and their two children Philippe and Jean-Michel – live in their beautiful house by the Mediterranean Sea. By day, they dive; by night, they watch the stars. This place is heaven on earth. But Jacques is never pleased. He lives and breathes adventure, and has true faith in the virtues of progress. With his invention, the aqualung, his recently acquired vessel “Calypso,” and a crew of free-spirited adventurers. He is ready to cross the world’s oceans. Ten years later, back from the boarding school where he was sent with his brother, Philippe finds his father greatly altered: He is already an international celebrity with megalomaniac dreams of grafting gills to humans and creating underwater cities. Jacques cannot see it yet, but Philippe understands that progress and pollution have begun to lay waste to the submarine world. Despite their mutual love and admiration, violent conflict between these two passionate men is inevitable. But on their greatest adventure together aboard the Calypso, in Antarctica, they will find each other – before tragedy strikes. Starring Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou.


Director: Steven Spielberg

USA, 124΄, 1975 

The absolute movie-event that skyrocketed the career of Steven Spielberg – becoming the biggest box-office hit in the history of cinema at the time of its release, proving once and for all that blockbusters and summertime are not irreconcilable – in a unique midnight screening at the open-air cinema “Apollon” in Edipsos. A bloodthirsty shark is raising havoc in a sea resort community in the heart of the tourist season. The local sheriff, a marine biologist, and a veteran shark hunter take on hunting down the beast. A water western of impeccable tension and climax (thanks to the legendary music theme by John Williams and the breathtaking underwater POV of the shark), serves as a symbol and an allegory. Jaws fathoms the guilt and the unhealed historical traumas of an entire country, while challenging us to stare back at the most vicious monster: the one hidden inside of us, triggering our most freezing fear responses. 

The Host

Director: Bong Joon-ho

South Korea, 2006, 119΄

As it has for ages past, the Han River continues to pierce the very center of the capital city Seoul. But one day in the year 2000... Through an “unfortunate incident,” a creature of obscure nature is conceived in the waters. As the creature slowly starts to grow in the depths of the river, people fail to sense the signs of an impending disaster in their personal lives. Then one day in 2005, in front of countless citizens taking a stroll and enjoying the weekend on the banks of the Han River, the creature reveals itself in a shocking display of horror. One of the first gems of Bong Joon-ho, long before conquering Hollywood with his Oscar-winning Parasite

Burning Days

Director: Emin Alper

Turkey - France - Germany - The Netherlands - Greece - Croatia, 2022, 130΄

In this highly stylized film blending Western and neo-noir iconography with poignant social critique, Emre, a young and dedicated prosecutor, is newly appointed to a small town hit by a water crisis and political scandals. After an initial welcome, he experiences an increasing number of tense interactions and is reluctantly dragged into local politics. When Emre forms a bond with the owner of the local newspaper pressure escalates under heated rumors. Explosive from its very first scene, when a vast hole in the ground drives us into a universe of violence and blood, and fixating till the end credits, this intense allegory about homosociality and power invents a new language to decry the makings of a society which is dominated by men, and to discuss their inner conflict.

The Weight of Water

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

USA - Canada - France, 2000, 114΄

Approaching the melodrama with the same deconstructive impulse Bigelow usually applies to action genres, The Weight of Water interweaves two parallel stories from a century apart – a present-day story of sexual tension, jealousy, and bitterness envenoming two couples and a period tale of a double murder driven by the same emotions. Bigelow characteristically heightens ambivalences inherent in the genre at hand, mounting the psychosexual tension between affection and rivalry, identification and competition traditional to melodrama, only in this case among women rather than men. One of Bigelow’s most intricate and ambitious films, The Weight of Water adds a more metaphysical dimension to the vein of dark fatalism that runs throughout her work, using water to evoke a constant sense of unsettling flux. 

Finding Dory

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

USA, 2016, 97΄ 

From the Academy Award-winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor, and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang, suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin, and Nemo take off on a life-changing quest to find them… This happens with some help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Dive into the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation, and gallons of fun!

Above Water

Director: Aïssa Maïga

Niger - France - Belgium, 2021, 89΄

Above Water immerses us in the life of a tiny village in Niger, one of the sub-Saharan countries hardest hit by global warming. Set against a backdrop of spellbinding desert landscapes and a vibrant musical score, the documentary paints a visceral portrait of survival in that drought-ridden expanse of dry sand. Day after day, women and children walk miles under the beating sun to fetch water from a distant well. Children are often unable to go to school. Mothers are forced to leave the country for months to earn enough money to feed their families. So young people, like our poignant 14-year-old protagonist, Houlaye,  must tend to the little ones. Yet, deep under their feet lies a vast groundwater lake that has the potential to transform their lives dramatically. If only they could convince the powers that be to drill for that precious commodity…

Twice Colonized

Director: Lin Alluna

Denmark - Greenland - Canada, 2023, 92΄

Renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter has led a lifelong fight for the rights of her people. When her son suddenly dies, Aaju embarks on a journey to reclaim her language and culture after a lifetime of whitewashing and forced assimilation. But is it possible to change the world and mend your own wounds at the same time?


Director: The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris)

Greece, 2019, 88΄

It appears as if it is an ordinary outing to a beautiful beach: Four women – none of which is Winona – enjoy the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the sea. What secret hides behind their games? The film was shot on Kodak 16mm, on a beach on the island of Andros, in May 2018. Best Editing Award and Best Original Music Score Award at the 2020 Iris Awards of the Hellenic Film Academy.

Underwonder (4th episode)

Director: Kostas Karydas - Production: COSMOTE TV

Greece, 2024, 49΄

A fascinating journey begins as “Underwonder” explores the unapproachable submarine caves of Greece. In Crete’s Elephants’ Cave, a team of experienced cave divers unearths the bones of a worldwidely unique species of elephant, bringing to light images and stories hidden below the sea surface. A 3D representation takes the audience back in time, offering them a past view of the island, boosting with wildlife. An unexpected underwater adventure, directed by Kostas Karydas and produced by COSMOTE TV. The mission is accomplished and the team returns to the Lake of Vouliagmeni where a new and unforeseen discovery awaits them!


Director: Fokion Xenos

United Kingdom - Greece, 2019, 7΄

Amid a heatwave of insanity, two children find a way to cool everyone down! The movie intertwines traditional animation techniques and digital special effects, has been bestowed with a dozen distinctions in festivals all over the world, made it to the shortlist for the BAFTA Awards, and won, among many others, the Best Animation Short Film Award at the 2019 Iris Awards of the Hellenic Film Academy.

Nothing Holier than a Dolphin

Director: Isabella Margara

Greece, 2022, 17΄

​​The two fishermen find a dolphin accidentally caught in their nets. The dolphin, in turn, finds a fisherman drowning in the water and tries to save him. In this small Mediterranean village, an ancient myth unexpectedly comes to life. The film won an Audience Award at the 2023 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival’s International Competition section. 

On Xerxes’ Throne

Director: Evi Kalogiropoulou

Greece, 2022, 16΄

A dystopian workplace at the Perama shipyards. A longstanding ban on physical contact has turned human interactions into otherworldly simulations. The suppression of touch among the workers has alienated their communication, transforming the boatyard into a charged landscape of alienation and repressed sensuality beyond stereotypical heteronormative desires. The film received the Canal+ Award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. 

Postcards from the End of the World  

Director: Konstantinos Antonopoulos

Greece, 2019, 23΄

Trapped in their dysfunctional family vacation, Dimitra, Dimitris and their two daughters will have to find a way out of a secluded island in the Mediterranean, when confronted with the unexpected end of the world. Best Short Film Award at the 2020 Iris Awards of the Hellenic Film Academy. 

Is there life after the fire?

Greece, 2022, 12΄

In August 2021, more than 500,000 acres of forest were burnt by the wildfires. In the summer of 2022, PPC, appointed as the contractor of the reconstruction plan and having assumed the planning and the carrying out of flood-control and anticorrosive works in the region of Limni, embarked on a research and report tour in the area. Permanent residents and practitioners recount the dramatic 2021 events as they experienced them and discuss what tomorrow will bring for their homeland. 

Evia Film Project is the Festival’s third pillar of activities, adding its name to the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, held in November, and the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, held in March. Its goal is to consolidate Northern Evia, a region severely hit by the 2021 calamitous wildfires, as an international hub of green cinema.

Evia Film Project is carried out thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and in collaboration with the Region of Central Greece, the Greek Film Centre, the Municipality of Istiea-Edipsos and the Municipality of Mantoudi-Limni-Agia Anna. Thessaloniki Film Festival is teaming up with all institutions and bodies seated in Evia and the Digital Arts and Cinema Department of the National and Kapodistrian University, based in Psachna, Evia.