About the Festival
Positively Different, Short Film Festival, 19 - 28 Μarch 2021, Athens
Gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, religion, able-bodiness – are determinants of our present and future, life prospects and obstructions. PDSFF2021 focuses on their intersections and follows stories of characters, individuals and communities that experience oppression due to identities they carry. Shedding light on life paths of “others” – often through realism and humor and other times through abstraction and experimentation – the festival aims to give space to co-creation, networking and shaping of collective claims. Our aspiration is to turn PDSFF into an institution for promoting intersecting identities and raising awareness on issues of discrimination and oppression experienced by individuals and groups that fall through the cracks of representation in contemporary polities.
Produced by: Inter Alia
Announcement of PDSFF 2021 awards
Positively Different Short Film Festival Best Film Award
Positively Different Short Film Festival Audience Award
Positively Different Short Film Festival Best Greek Production
This is Right; Zak Life and After
This is Right; Zak Life and After
My Other Son
The Daring Young Girl on the flying Trapeze
Positively Different Short Film Festival Travels to France
On the occasion of the international meeting on European values and the value of Europe that took place in Loche, France, organised by Europe en Berry Tourraine, PDSFF conveyed a message of equality, empathy and solidarity. An audience of great diversity, adolescents, youngsters and elderly people from 20 European countries, enjoyed a special screening from the 2020 and 2021 collection, offering an intersectional view on contemporary challenges of European communities. Able-bodiness, sexuality, age, refugeeship and mental health were among the issues touched through fiction and documentary movies from across Europe. The screening included the following movies:
Happy, 8’, Greece
At Night I Dream, 16’, Luxemburg
At the Schoolyard, 10’, Greece
I See in the Dark, 16’, Slovenia
Down the Wire, 14’, Italy
PDSFF21 x CineParko | Autodiaxeirizomeno Parko Navarinou
The curatorial team of Positively Different Short Film Festival presents this year’s winners and audience picks in open air pop-up screenings in some of our favorites city spots during July.
Last Wednesday we gathered at CineParko | Autodiaxeirizomeno Parko Navarinou and watched some of our feel good shorts along with some of the Greek directors. Thanks for the full house!
Each screening comes with a differentiated program seeking to narrate a specific storyline. Catch a screening if in Athens and come say hi!
Next available date:
23/07 @Plateia Exarcheion
PDSFF21 x Summer Screening | ΤΡΙΑΝΟΝ Οpen Air
Last Sunday, we had the pleasure to screen some of this year’s audience favorites, award-winning shorts and honorable mentions to the festival’s main venue, TΡΙΑΝΟΝ.
The editorial team of PDSFF21 presented two curated sets in PDSFF21 first open air session in Athens and facilitated a Q&A discussion with the invited directors on filming from a position of privilege, underlying motives and on creating safe spaces for less represented communities.
Catch a screening if still in Athens and come say hi!
Next available dates:
23/07 @Plateia Exarcheion
Positively Different Short Film Festival at ΤΡΙΑΝΟΝ Open Air
Positively Different Short Film Festival throws its first summer screening for 2021. This year’s winners and honorable mentions will be presented in two sessions along with some of the curatiorial team’s favorites. The films will be projected with greek subtitles.
The screening will take place at the 4th of July at the festival’s main venue yet summer-ish;
Rendez-vous at TΡΙΑΝΟΝ Open air ✨
Tickets will be available at the box office from 3 euros/slot or 5 euros for the whole day.
Submissions for 2021 are now open!
Positively Different Short Film Festival joins Zagoriwood
Up in the mountains of Epirus under a magical August full-moon, PDSFF held a screening of selected movies from the 2020 catalogue in the framework of Zagoriwood film festival and workshop. Along with local citizens and film students, in the main square of Kato Pedina, films about intersecting stories and shared struggles against oppression were screened. The discussions that followed with participants and teachers in the workshop were enlightening as to how to make the upcoming festival even better.
Big thanks to Zagoriwood organising team for the invitation and to the local community of Kato Pedina for the warm welcome. See you next year!
Positively Different Short Film Festival at CinePark
Pre-festival screening Photos
PDSFF was introduced to the audience with its first pre-festival event on Friday, 10th of January, almost a month prior to its official opening at the 13rd of February at Trianon. The attendees had the chance to discuss the festival’s core thematics and to participate in crafting the official 2020 festival selection by selecting amongst the semi-finalists.
At a glance...
(trigger warning) Can outsiders help break the cycle of apathy? This set features stories of the moments when one is called upon to take a stand; in these moments, everything changes when you choose if you are going to be an onlooker, if you are going to contribute, silently, to an oppressive system.
This is Right; Zak Life and After (2020)
Let there be Colour (2020)
As if Underwater (2020)
The Stamp (2019)
(trigger warning) To do away with the "normal" is to create a society that is safe for all. These stories go against the norm(s), they provoke us to think about our own internalized stereotypes and, often through conflict, invite us to see the world in new ways.
Blooming Cycles (2020)
Saigon Sentinel (2020)
Rosa Kairo (2020)
At the Schoolyard (2020)
(trigger warning) The stories talk about the times when healing and empowerment can be found in artistic expression. The characters featured in this set find a shelter, a weapon or a cure in arts, in order to survive in a world that oppresses them.
Between the Hill and the Marsh (2020)
We are good (2020)
My Gypsy Road (2020)
God’s Daughter Dances (2020)
(trigger warning) These are the stories of the journeys that take us beyond violence and oppression. These journeys are solitary, taken by the ones who had no one to rely on; they show the characters coming up against their own selves, towards the life they deserve.
I see in the Dark (2019)
Saucy Toinha (2020)
Baring Iran (2020)
Madonna f64.0 (2020)
Let's talk about shelters; let's think about the shelter we can find in ourselves, the ones we can construct with our loved ones, the ones that are offered to us by the communities that welcome us, or the ones we give life to with each other. Let's talk about loneliness, safety, care, support.
At Night, I Dream (2020)
A Day in the Life of a Boy (2020)
Beautiful Cure (2019)
My Other Son (2019)
The Daring Young Girl on the flying Trapeze (2020)
(trigger warning) The line between freedom and oppression is not always easy to draw. The stories and people in this set challenge the viewers to revisit their understanding of what it really means to be free.
Work for Him (2020)
The Roars That Keep the Storm Away (2019)
Program for youngsters, featuring a selection of films that look at the world through a lens of sensitivity. These stories introduce challenging topics in accessible, sweet and funny ways, through the eyes of teens that experience them and find ways to understand and overcome them. (Suitable for 13+)
quite easy (2019)
Trick or Treat (2020)
I Never Picked Cotton (2019)
The Music Video (2020)
Teen Horses (2019)
Positively Different Short Film Festival 2020
Positively Different 2020 Aftermovie
Positively Different 2020 Trailer
Positively Different 2020 Teaser
Meet the Team
Maria Giovanna Vagenas
After having studied Philosophy in Genova and comparative literature in Vienna, she did a post graduate in Cinema Studies at La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris. She has been working for more than a decade for the Viennale as program consultant, curating special programs and retrospectives. She collaborates with the Berlinale, IFFR Rotterdam, the Italian Film Festival in Annecy and is a programmer for the FFDUL of Lugano. She has been a project reader for the Doha Film Institute. Besides some academic publications for the Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, she has been a film critic for the daily South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) for several years. She presently writes for Senses of Cinema and Schermaglie.it
He was born in Athens in 1994. Since he can remember, he has watched movies and listened to music, with the necessary breaks for the games of PAO and Liverpool. He started writing for cinema on Toutestein and Reel.gr, while maintaining a radio show on Poplie Radio and making his first attempts behind the camera directing and participating in short films. Before graduating from Panteion University’s Department of Political Science and History, he was a member of the production team of the Zagoriwood Film Festival. In recent years he has been writing for cinema in Athinorama, while collaborating with other publications. He has also collaborated with the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Drama Short Film Festival. He is a member of the Hellenic Film Academy and the Panhellenic Association of Film Critics.
Konstantinos Aivaliotis holds a PhD in Social Anthropology with a special research interest in Visual Anthropology and Multimedia Ethnography, Documentary and Ethnographic Cinema and Film Festivals as cultural organizations and the role of the film industry in education. He is a graduate of the Department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology at Panteion University (Specialization in Social Anthropology) and holds two postgraduate degrees in Educational Anthropology (Rouen University, France) and Visual Anthropology (England, Goldsmiths College, 2008). Member of the program team at the Athens International Film Festival – “Premiere Nights”, while in the period 2017-2020 he was the Promotion Director at the Hellenic Film Center, and today he is the Director and founding member of ETHNOFEST and the festival of the same name.
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