02 Nov 2020
Call for entries

25 Dec 2020
Early deadline

05 Mar 2021
Standard deadline

02 May 2021
Late deadline

30 Jun 2021
Extended deadline


12 Jul 2021
Notification date

07 Aug 2021
14 Aug 2021



Festival description
Short film festival >5' 40'<
Feature film festival >45' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >5' 40'<
 Feature Films  >45' 120'<
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Festival start: 07 August 2021      Festival end: 14 August 2021

At the 8th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra, screens, in a competition, the best new documentaries, from the Greece and whole of the world, in Ierapetra, the southernmost town in Europe, the Crossroads of cultures and continents. The juries, consisting of international caliber personalities.

Since the 4th International Documentary Festival Ierapetra accepted applications from YOUNG ARTISTS AND DIRECTORS from 18 to 25 years. This will be continued and in the 5th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra Awards. The festival will be dedicated to culture from the dawn of history until today. The goal is the projection of documentaries that will illustrate the tradition, culture, customs and traditions, folklore and the modern industrial civilization of our common country, Europe. The Festival’s target is to keep pace with the developments in technology and cinema, socially as well as commercially and to maintain its ecumenical character.

The above mp4 files should have English and Greek subtitles embedded (in case of Foreign dialogues).

Our remarkable festival has also recently aqquired the EFFE label for 2018 - 2019!

Please find our trailer above:

1st International Feature Award
2nd International Feature Award
3rd International FeatureAward
1st International Short Award
2nd International Short Award
3rd International Short Award
1st Feature Greek Award
2nd Feature Greek Award
3rd Feature Greek Award
1st Short GreekAward
2nd Short Greek Award
3rd Short Greek Award
Special Jury Award
Directing Award
Photography Award
Festival Awards
Audience Awards

The International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra (IDFI) is organized by Xrysea nonprofit corporation, on August 7th to 14th, 2021.

Film viewing has been scheduled at theaters (Melina Mercury, “Tzami” Venetian Castle) and at external places (Tzami Square).

Aim of the festival. IDFI’s main purpose is the promotion of Art of Documentary making, presenting a multifaceted universal film program during the event.

One of the important aims of the festival is the promotion and the diffusion of documentary production, as well the cooperation and the
development of esprit of friendship amongst the artists.

However, equally important is highlighting the local civilization and especially the Minoan one and its contribution to Universal Culture.
The aim of IDFI is, therefore, the qualitative upgrade of cultural and intellectual life in local, national and international level, because we believe that culture and cultivation of the intellect are indispensable requisites of our lives.

The IDFI is an annual institution and is divided into Panorama where international or national documentary productions (awarded or not), are viewed and the Contest Part.

Terms of Participation.

a. Production Year of All the Contest Section films should be 2019‐2020.

b. All Greek and foreign Directors have the right to participate, irrelevantly if they live and work in Greece or abroad.

c. Participation right to the Contest Part have all Documentaries with subjects under the following topics:

Human Rights
Recordings of Memory
Views of the World
True Stories
Greek Panorama
Human Journeys
Human Portrait
Young Directors

d. The Documentaries are divided into short films (duration up to 30 minutes) and feature films (duration from 35 until 120 minutes)

e. The festival accepts the following film formats for viewing: mp4 file with HD resolution or vimeo link or link with HD resolution.

f. Special attention will be given to the film’s artistic quality as a total.

Also to the Documentary theme and to the direction’s exclusivity and originality. Films which do not fulfill the above features will be excluded from the IDFI.

g. 1/The films will be viewed with original dialogues and the foreign films must have Greek subtitles.

"The films will be screened in their original language, with Greek subtitles.

If the dialogues are in Greek, then the documentary will be shown with english subtitles. Copies of the pre-selection process are submitted in Greek (if they are in foreign languages ​​".

2/ If dialogues are Greek, the film must have english subtitles.

3/ Copies for the preselection process will be submitted with Greek subtitles in mp4 file.

4/ Only one film per participant and film category will be accepted.

5) IDFI is strictly a cultural institution. Viewing fees will not be given to any film.

Participation Regulations. Film Directors and Producers are obliged to complete and submit the participation form, in which technical data of
the documentary will be stated. They are also obliged to comply with the terms and rules of the festival.

a. deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2021.

b. The same deadline ( June 1st, 2021) applies also in case an application form has been e-mailed by the director or producer. In this
case the signed hard copy of the application form and the copies of the film (mp4 file in HD Resolution) should be sent by registered mail
to the festival address:

International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra Secreteriat
Stratigou Samouil 22 Ierapetra Greece, 72200,
Tel. 2842110938, Mob. 6948541393
Astrous 100, Kolonos, Athens, 10442

c. The festival will contact only the selected film directors/ producers until June 30th 2021.

d. After submitting the application, the director/producer have no right to withdraw their application for any reason.

e. Participation details and application form can be found at the festival site:

All applications should include:
Application form properly filled in and signed by the director and the producer plus accompanying material consisted of:

1. Mp4 file in HD resolution

2.or Vimeo link in HD resolution to download it.
The above mp4 files should have Greek subtitles embedded (in case of english dialogues) or english (in case of Greek dialogues).

3. Film Summary (up to 140 words) in Greek (optional for foreign
participants) and english in digital format.

4. Director’s Biography (up to 70 words) in Greek (optional for foreign participants) and english in digital format.

5. Four (4) snapshots of the film (horizontal) and one (1) director’s photo, preferably 10Χ15 εκ. at 300 dpi or corresponding size.

6. Director’s Filmography as a column from latest to oldest (Date, Title, Genre) in Greek and english in digital format

7. Trailer / DEMO of the film in DVD disk for viewing.

8. Supplementary advertising material (posters, brochures) if available).

7) Hosting: IDFI will host the film director for 1 night.

8) Organizers have the right to arrange accordingly any issue not covered by these terms and regulations.

9) Scenes from the documentary (less of 10% of total duration) can be used for publicity purposes (internet, TV etc.)

10) The Festival has the privilege to show the selected Documentaries in other affiliated Festivals, strictly for cultural and social purposes.



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