Home alone with a camera with a lot of time on your hands and a global crisis to contemplate? Then follow the advice of the Thessaloniki Film Festival and turn all this angst into art.
The festival is urging eleven top Greek directors, including doccers Marianna Economou (When Tomatoes Met Wagner), Stavros Psillakis (For No Reasons meetings with Yorgos Maniatis) and Panagiotis Evangelidis (Irving Park) to shoot films up to three minutes duration, in their houses, in an attempt to get to grips with the new reality that we are facing.
The idea is to create a film at home, using the environment, the people or the animals in that space. The only outdoor areas that may be used are outdoor living spaces, such as the terrace, the garden, the balcony and the stairwell. The project will be titled “Species of Spaces” from the book by Georges Perec and it can be used as a source of inspiration.
The directors are the award-nominees of the Hellenic Film Academy in the categories of best film, best director, best newcomer and documentary feature, in alphabetical order: Rinio Dragasaki, Marianna Economou, Panagiotis Evangelidis, Angelos Frantzis, Giorgos Georgopoulos, Zacharias Mavroeidis, Minos Nikolakakis, Stavros Pamballis, Stavros Psillakis, Syllas Tzoumerkas and Alexandros Voulgaris.
Docmakers Economou, Psillakis and Evangelidis are nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category by the Hellenic Film Academy at the Iris Awards 2020. When Tomatoes Met Wagner was the Greek submission for the Best International Feature for the 2020 Academy Awards.
The completed films will soon be available in the YouTube channel of the Thessaloniki Film Festival.