2021 - Present
An institution in open dialogue with other artistically creative forces of cinema and their organizers, «Bridges» International Film Festival of Peloponnese in Greece, continuously expands its communication with other film festivals. This creates a special union among the organizers and their visions of a wide range of cultural expansion.
Directors who have participated in the Cyprus International Film Festival are eligible to submit their films in the «Bridges» International Film Festival, as a joint venture between the two festivals. A unique bond is created this way. «Bridges» International Film Festival does film screenings through out Peloponnese, all over Greece and the world.
In order to be able to accommodate the needs of the vast number of cinephiles and cinemagoers of Greece, which has proved to be big and varied during past organizations, the Festival has created special theme screenings as the «World Cinema – Bridges» section. We focus on films from all over the world about peace, environment, diversity, gender equality and look for short and feature films of all genres that will tell us an interesting point of view.
As the «Bridges» International Film festival concurs often with the International Day of People with Disability, a part of our screenings is dedicated to films about human disabilities, under the symbolic title «We can do». Since 2015, the «Bridges» International Film Festival collaborates with the Cyprus International Film Festival and both present three categories: "Nostimon Imar" (director or producerfrom Greek Diaspora): "Women Films" (Director and/or Producer) and "50/50" films with credits 50% men and 50% women with a result to have an harmony of the ideas presented and balance in the program.
Furthermore, the audience has the unique opportunity to watch films by upcoming filmmakers premiering in the festival. Some of the most outstanding feature films created recently are going to compete for the festival`s Grand Prize «Golden Pegasus», which is going to be given to the film indicated by an internationally acclaimed Jury of cinema professionals.
Note: Foreign films with Greek subtitles are eligible to participate in the official program of the «Bridges» International Film Festival.
History 2008 - 2020
«BRIDGES» PELOPONNESSIAN CORINTHIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL was established in 2008 in the framework of celebrations of 150 years of the foundation of Corinth. It was held Under the Auspices of Ministry of Transport and Communications in Greece and was organized in cooperation with the Cultural Centre of Corinth.
It was greeted by the Minister of Transport and Communication, the Mayor of Corinth, the President of the Cultural Centre and the Prefect of Peloponnesus
The program, apart from the screenings of the Panorama, Competition and other sections included also the screening of a selection of short films by Cine Fantom, especially chosen for Bridges Peloponnesian International Film Festival. «The main Club in Moscow» – this is how the press refers to CINE FANTOM. This is, however, no wonder for the club with the 20 years history. CINE FANTOM Club has been holding screenings every Wednesday for many years, regardless of weather and political conditions. For many years on, the club has managed to stick to such a weekly format. CINE FANTOM, however has also its own festival, SELECTION, a unique event which aims at promotion and development of young cinema.
The 2nd edition of the festival took place in 2011. On 2009 and 2010 it was cancelled due to national elections that occurred the same period. The opening of the 2nd festival was scheduled on October 14th 2009 with the presence and a live concert by the famous actor of Hollywood, Kevin Costner with his music band Modern West! Unfortunately, the national elections were announced on the 6th of September to be held on the 10th of October and the festival was cancelled. But the concert took place the same day, 14th of October 2009 on the Badminton theater in Athens. http://www.petraterzi.org/en/cultural-events/item/38-kevin-costner
Within the framework of its annual organization BRIDGES Peloponnesian International Film Festival, carries on its close partnership with local authorities and other organizations, willing to provide to such an important aspect of our lives, culture, which is weakened through these hard times we are going through.
During the same event, excursions to archeological sites, cruises in Canal of Isthmus and a film poster exhibition took place of the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski, on loan to the festival by the permanent collection of Lodz Film Museum in Poland. A total of 47 pieces was exhibited in major success. The famous music composer Zbignew Preisner was invited as a Special Guest on that occasion and the Embassy of Poland in Greece offered a cocktail in the lounge of the Municipal Theatre of Corinth.