The 3rd Naoussa Short-Film and Video International Festival was completed with total success and impressive attendance of people. Within the frameworks of the 3rd festival 140 films from 40 different countries were projected.
The festival was organized by the civil, non profitable company ARTION and took place under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, and Institute of Audiovisual Means and the Prefecture of Imathia.
Moreover, the festival took place with the support of Hellenic Cinema Center, Media Desk Hellas and the Municipal Cultural Organization of Naoussa and was sponsored by VOLKSWAGEN – Tegousis.
Media sponsors were ERT3, newspapers “Macedonia” and “Thessaloniki”, radio stations “Palmos 96.5” and “Extra Sport 103Fm” as well as the magazines “Epiloges” and “Cinema”.
The attendance of the public was extraordinary. More than 3,000 people, their majority young, participated actively in the 3rd festival.
Eminent personalities of public life and art honored with their presence the event. For instance, we mention Mr. Parthenopoulos, the director of the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, the prefector of Imathia Mr. Spartsi, the well known director Mr. Voulgaris and we received greetings from General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Mr. Zachopoulos. The occasion was presented by famous Greek actors as Panagiotis Mpougiouris, Marilita Lampropoulou, Stephanie Capetanides and Vicky Papadopoulou.
More than 120 guests were hosted in all, amongst them participants from abroad, who were favorably impressed by the Festival and the region.
Trying to enrich festival’s program and rouse public’s interest ARTION placed along with the festival organized activities, such as musical events that gathered throngs of youngsters at the coffee-bar spot.
With great success two seminars were held during the festival by directors Pantelis Voulgaris and Vasilis Katsikis. The conference room that hosted these two seminars turned out to be really small because there was no room for all of the people who wanted to watch the directors speeches.
Furthermore, we should not forget to mention the radio station which broadcasted the news of the festival and was all day passing information about it on its public in a co-operation with radio station “Ergatiko 101, 5”. Within the framework of the 3rd festival its international character strengthened even more. To already existing co-operations with foreign Festivals added a new one with the Russian Festival Short Shock. Αs a result of this co-operation, a tribute to Naoussa Festival was made on September in Russia, by screening the films which were awarded during the 3rd event.
Young people were very interested in embracing and participating in the Festival as you can tell from their great support and attendance of 60 volunteers from all over Greece on this event. These volunteers offered their services willingly and contributed to the fact that this festival was a total success, since everything went well. The presence of three French students’ of Annecy University is worth mentioning. These students finished their practice at the 3rd Naoussa Short Film and Video International Festival.
The event consummated with high spirits and enthusiasm as creators, guests and audience made an appointment for the 4th Festival which will take place around 3rd and 6th of May 2007.