About the Festival
Positively Different Short Film Festival
PDSFF23 – Resistances, 16 – 19 March 2023, Athens (main event), Berlin, Bologna, Zagreb, Malta, Barcelona, Dakar (simultaneous screenings of awarded films).
PDSFF loves twists! This year, the festival grows and transforms into a trans-local cinematic space of creation and resistance with parallel screenings in Athens, Istanbul, Belgrade, Zagreb, Dakar, and Berlin. We create a new space where we can be together in all our diversity: safe and brave at the same time.
The curatorial team of PDSFF23 divides 37 short films from 17 countries into seven narrative sets. Each set reflects concerns, ideas and explorative attempts to understand better the different worlds we live in and the ones we wish to create. The festival selection looks holistically and critically into the concept of intersectionality; the sets examine its entangled nature and its limits in relation to universal assumptions – the concepts of body, space, boundaries – but also realities that we constitute – relationships, communities, everyday life. The screening program is complemented by discussions, music and multimedia performances.
This year’s finalists will compete for four awards – Jury Award, Audience Award, Best Greek production, Curatorial team award – accompanied by cash prizes in an effort to provide practical support to creators.
PDSFF23 Volunteers Training
On October 22 & 23, returning and new volunteers, along with the organisers of the Positively Different Short Film Festival, gathered at Inter Alia’s office for a two-day training.
On the first day, a series of activities and energisers were organised, where participants had the chance to get to know each other, but also discuss inclusion and address the concept of privilege, reflecting on personal and collective experiences.
For the purposes of the first day of the training, which aimed to familiarise the participants with inclusion and privilege, the methodology of silent conversation was implemented. Silent conversation aims at providing participants with equal opportunities and a safe space where they can freely express their opinions in writing.
Three large poster-size papers were laid out on the floor, each one posing a different question:
“What does intersectionality mean for you?”
“Which identities, experiences, social positions affect your life and that of the people around you?”
“How do you think inclusivity is created? What do you need for a safe space and how do you make it for others?”
The participants were given markers and post-its and were encouraged to walk around the room, answer questions, respond to what others have written, leave comments and share thoughts.
At the end of the activity, everyone had the opportunity to speak in a group discussion and reflect on the process.
On the second day of the training, emphasis was placed on the film selection process. We talked about the festival’s values and approach, about the concept of content warning and about addressing violence without providing any extra space for it.
In order to simulate the process of the film selection, three short films were screened from the previous years:
- At Intersections (6’)
- This is Right; Zak Life and After (13’)
- Feeling Through (18’)
This gave the opportunity for discussion on specific films. Lastly, we formed the small groups in which we will be working for the following months.
The #PDSFF23 preparations have begun!
Call for volunteers
It’s this time of the year!
As we’re collecting shorts from all around the globe, we’re also looking for our PDSFF23 film selection Volunteers’ team!
What you will gain from joining our team:
- Experience and professional training on:
a. film critique
b. the intersectionality framework
c. event accessibility
- Collaboration with an international team of committed and motivated people
- All access to screenings and side events
What we’re looking for:
- Cinema related experience (professional, educational, volunteering)
- Interest in the topic of intersectionality
- Sense of responsibility
- Inclusion mindset
Complete the form below by September 25 & join the PDSFF23 team:
PDSFF22 x Zagoriwood
The curatorial team of #PDSFF22 and Inter Alia warmly thank all the people who made this event so unique – guests, creators, volunteers and of course, all of you who attended and filled the TRIANON room for three consecutive days. Over the course of the festival run, 35 shorts were screened competing for three cash awards. The official selection was complemented by the open discussion ‘Symptoms of Masculinity’ and the ‘Living Library’ event. Los Tre band completed Saturday’s program with a full house jazz live. PDSFF22 wrapped with over 20 international guests, 1500 euros in cash prizes and over 1700 visitors and attendees. Stay tuned! #PDSFF23
More photos at: @positivelydifferentff
'Symptoms of masculinity' Round-table Discussion
Trianon cinema was filled with an audience eager to discuss with involved experts from diverse fields, coming together to analyse gender-based violence as a symptom of dominant masculinity and alternative ways to discuss the concept and reexamine its meaning.
The panel involved Anna Kouroupou, director of Red Umbrella Athens, who shared her experience of trans activism and precarity as a trans sexworker; Anna Maria Papacharalambous, an actress that is among the ones who inspired the explosion of the #metoo movement in Greece, coming forward to share her experience of gender based violence in the arts sector; Dimitris Terzis, a journalist with many years of experience, discussing how gender roles have changed in this demanding sector; Aggeliki Serafeim, a lawyer who explained what could be achieved if femicides were recognized as such by the law; and Antonis Poulios, psychoanalyst, sharing his thoughts on the influence of the gender binary in the construction of the human psyche. The panel was facilitated by Mel Kalfanti, member of PDSFF’s curatorial team and doctoral student.
The audience remained invested in the panel discussion and had a lively participation in the following discussion, sharing professional and personal experiences on the topic.
PDSFF22 x Masterclass on Film Critique
The Masterclass on Film Critique with Yiannis Kantea-Papadopoulos was followed up with our final meeting on Saturday the 6th, where we met physically and virtually to talk about intersectionality.
We had the chance to get an insight on the theory behind the festival’s rationale, discuss our experiences related to our multiple and conflicted identities, and learn from each other, through games and discussions. The next phase, that of programming, is about to kick off and we couldn’t be more excited! #PDSFF22
Positively Different Short Film Festival Best Film Award
Positively Different Short Film Festival Audience Award
Positively Different Short Film Festival Best Greek Production
Bridging the Gap
The market man
The Old Man
In the silence of an abyssale sea
Positively Different Short Film Festival 2022
Positively Different 2022 Trailer
'Symptoms of masculinity' Round-table Discussion
Positively Different Short Film Festival 2021
Positively Different 2021 Trailer
Positively Different Short Film Festival 2020
Positively Different 2020 Aftermovie
Positively Different 2020 Trailer
Positively Different 2020 Teaser
Meet the Team
A journalist and a film critic, Robbie Eksiel was a film writer for the daily newspaper Ethnos from 1993 and its chief film reviewer from 1998 to 2017, a writer at the Greek film magazine Cinema from its foundation in 1989 to its last issue in 2017, and a contributor at several weekly or monthly variety magazines through the years. He has served as artistic director at the Greek Film Center (2007-2009) and as a member of the governing council at the Greek Association of Film Critics (2006-2016). A FIPRESCI, European Film Academy and Greek Film Academy member, he has also served in several FIPRESCI juries (Toronto, Tromso, etc) and as a member of the Discovery Awards Nominations jury for the EFA for three consecutive years. He is a contributor at the film site www.flix.gr, a programming consultant at the New York City Greek Film Festival and the artistic director of the Larissa International Film Festival.
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TRIANON is countless individuals who are struggling to support entrepreneurship in art
Having hosted everybody who is passionate about art.
Having relentlessly supported young Greek filmmakers.
Having resisted the decline of downtown Athens.
Believing every moment that “PATISION Lives”.
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