The Mediterranean Festival of New Filmmakers
The Mediterranean Festival of New Filmmakers is an international cinematographic festival that is addressed to new filmmakers (age 22-29). From 1993, it takes place every year in March and it is supported by the Cultural Organization of the Municipality of Larissa, the Ministry of Culture, the General Secretariat of New Generation and ERT.
The Festival is the host of small length films and it has two different competitive parts: the "International" and the "Mediterranean". Today, it constitutes an institution for the city of Larissa and it is an important factor for the promotion of the city in the abroad.
Two Golden Horses are granted in each one of the two competitive parts of the Festival. The financial award of 1500€ of the "Mediterranean" competitive part is given by the General Secretariat of New Generation. The two special awards of the committee are accompanied by the Silver Horse. The committee, at her crisis, grants up to three honorary distinctions in each part. Moreover, there are granted the technical awards of ETEKT (best photography, film editing and sound engineering), the awards of male and female interpretation of the Association of Greek Actors and the award of KONTAK for the best Greek film of both competitive parts.
The Stavrakos School offers a scholarship for the department of direction in a student from the Prefecture of Larissa. The scholarship is granted in the memory of the founder Lykourgos Stavrakos.
The 16th Mediterranean Festival
The 16th Mediterranean Festival took place in "Chatzigianneio Cultural Centre" from 31 March to 6 April 2008. The program of the Festival was presented by the actress Maria Kornarou. Films of great directors were projected such as Milos Forman, Piter Brouk, Jean-Luc Godar, Folker Slentorf, Louis Male, Nagisha Ossima, Antrei Vainta, as well as the famous French scenario writer Jean-Claude Carrier.
Jean-Claude Carrier was honoured with the Golden Horse for his Career. Also, the well-known Greek director Kostas Ferris was honoured with the same reward for his contribution to the 7th Art.
The awards of the Festival were made by the sculptor Dimitris Psomodotis.