Founded in 2013, the Syros Int'l Film Festival (Syros, Greece) showcases a wide spectrum of cinema in traditional and re-purposed island sites. Located in the middle of the Aegean summer, removed from the usual demands and hierarchies of the film industry, SIFF embeds events, styles and programs—experimental and narrative, recent and retrospective, Greek and international, workshops and expanded cinema performance—into its unique setting. Primary to SIFF's mission is a close engagement with the place of Syros, using an array of sites for screenings all around the island, from shipyards, to the town's traditional theater, to abandoned fields, rooftops, and more. Screenings always try to heighten the cinematic experience by allowing the space to enter the films, and the films to enter the space.
This year's program includes an opening night performance by renowned expanded-cinema collective Metamkine (Christophe Auger, Xavier Quérel, Jérôme Noetinger), as well as: a carte-blanche curation and masterclass by avant-garde figure Pip Chodorov; a program of classic science fiction and avant-garde films and their interventions into one another assembled by emergent experimental director Péter Lichter; presentation of new work and masterclass by noted documentary filmmaker Eva Stefani. The main program's theme is REVISION, taken as a jumping-off point to look at many of cinema’s most active qualities. Screenings creatively intermingle short, medium, and feature length films in various programs.
For more information, please visit: www.syrosfilmfestival.org