Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | March 7, 2013

Fighting for Screening Time

Australian_assault_on_pillbox,_January_1943,_Papua,_Giropa_PointThe funny thing is, it is not the films that fight for screening time, it is we that fight for them. In short: we had too many good shorts this year, and we are trying hard not to leave something really good out of our programme. We will eventually fail – but the fight will be honorable. Already 31 shorts have been selected and their creators notified, and we reckon our forces will have supplies till the weekend. Then, we will have to surrender to the master of all – time.

So in a few days, the official Selection of SFF-rated ATHENS 2013 will be made public.

…just in time for our moved dates April 11-17 with a prospect to start one day earlier as last year – if an avant premiere deal is sealed.

Alecos Papadopoulos

Chief Festival Officer

Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | March 4, 2013

Αλλαγή Μήνα!

797px-Tired_20-year-old_cat11-17 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ 2013

Το Marketing και η Αλήθεια: είμαστε ακόμη στην εφηβεία μας και μας αρέσει να κάνουμε τολμηρές δοκιμές. Για φέτος λοιπόν αποφασίσαμε να μεταφέρουμε το SFF-rated ATHENS ένα μήνα μετά από τη συνηθισμένη ημερομηνία του, και να το πάμε στα μέσα Απριλίου, 11-17 Απριλίου για την ακρίβεια. Έτσι, για να δούμε αν μας και σας ταιριάζει ένας πιο ανοιξιάτικος καιρός… αλλά και γιατί κυνηγάμε κάτι avant-premieres λουκούμι. Επιπλέον, για φέτος υποβλήθηκαν 300 ταινίες μικρού μήκους και μας έχουν εξοντώσει (δες photo). Τις έχουμε περιορίσει στις 100 αλλά θέλουμε ακόμη κάτι μερούλες… Τι από τα παραπάνω είναι marketing, τι αλήθεια, τι και τα δύο, το αφήνουμε στη φαντασία σας. Το γεγονός είναι ένα: το SFF-rated ATHENS 2013 θα γεμίσει τα μάτια σας εικόνες και τα μυαλά σας ιστορίες την εβδομάδα 11-17 Απριλίου.

Αλέκος Παπαδόπουλος

Chief Festival Officer

Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | February 1, 2013

Let it Roll

800px-GuillotineWe will start making our Official Selection for 2013 public – and as usual, the negatives come first. We don’t send out rejection e-mails or (god forbid) rejection letters. So people, check your submission status in our web listings:

-If nothing has changed, it means you are still in the game (it will take us approx. two more weeks to finish this).

-Otherwise you will see or get a “rejected” update. To you, we do thank you (and this one we mean), even if you (naturally) don’t.

We have seen some amazing stuff -meaning stuff that amazed us. Now as you can imagine, one can be amazed for various reasons:

-Because the film and its idea were great

-Because one cannot understand how is it possible that somebody would ever shoot such a thing and thought that it would be viewable by other people (or other sentient species in general)

The 8th SFF-rated ATHENS, will be equally amazing!

Alecos Papadopoulos

Chief Festival Officer



Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | January 6, 2013

Submission period is over – now for the Inquisition

Artist’s_impression_of_a_gamma-ray_burst_shining_through_two_young_galaxies_in_the_early_UniverseHappy future year everybody – since most of 2013 still lies ahead…

Now that the world has ended, there can be no sin – these are (adjusted to the occasion) lyrics from a Sex Pistols song  and they also had another song titled “Submission” – which reminds me to announce to you all that “Submission period is over”. More than 300 shorts these year, thank you very much indeed (UK English)

One of the submitters even called SFF-rated ATHENS prestigious“, which really got me worried. Are we going prestigious?  Is this what happens to film festivals when they grow old? Or bold?

Maybe “press-T-juice” would be more accurate: imagine a wasteland (AUS English ) with technology left-overs here and there, like soda (US English) vending machines, and regressed humans communicating to each other that if you push this button a liquid will flow – press-T-juice would be a perfectly valid way for a present-day screenwriter to indicate what matters in a world stripped to essentials: you do something – and something else happens as a consequence: press-T-juice. Right. And I haven’t even told you how many delight-distaste/ful Features we are going through at the moment.

In short, it’s going to be long. We will try to honour (UK English) our end-of-January deadline for announcing our final Selection – but this is the one promise it seems we keep breaking (a little) every year. All others are kept. If you doubt that, come over for our 8th year of films that will hurt your brain – to the benefit of everybody.

We’ll be posting.

Alecos Papadopoulos

Chief Festival Officer

Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | August 20, 2012

SFF-rated 2013 Content Special


In 2013 there is a special bonus for Hard Science Fiction shorts: If selected to screen, they will have the chance to screen in a SECOND festival, to be held October 2013. Both through their submission to Sff-rated ATHENS! So, what is a Hard SF film? Freaking wires, syringes etc, but with a “serious” intent. Those that have shot one, know one. Two fests with one submission… Isn’t that festering or what?

Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | August 16, 2012

2013 Submission period take off

To those that thought we were out of the map – they were right. Our map is to the right.

So a bit late this year, but here you go: The 8th SFF-rated ATHENS (March 2013) is now accepting film submissions. Download the Rules and Regulations. Go here to submit your film. Subscribe to this blogsite – there will be news to follow.


To 8ο SFF-rated ATHENS διεξάγεται τον Μάρτιο του 2013  και δέχεται ήδη υποψηφιότητες για ταινίες μικρού και μεγάλου μήκους. Ταινίες απο την Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο, υποβάλλονται μέσω της πλατφόρμας Withoutabox ΔΩΡΕΑΝ (σε ειδικές κατηγορίες ακριβώς γι αυτόν τον σκοπό).

Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | March 18, 2012

2012 Awards (bilingual)

Here are the SFF-rated ATHENS 2012 Audience and Jury Awards

Features – Audience Awards

Features – Jury Awards

Shorts – Audience Awards


Δείτε τα Βραβεία του SFF-rated ATHENS 2012

Μεγάλου Μήκους  – Βραβεία Κοινού

Μεγάλου Μήκους – Βραβεία Κριτικής Επιτροπής

Μικρού Μήκους – Βραβεία Κοινού

Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | March 15, 2012

It never ends, really (bilingual)

Ένας μάλλον εξαντλημένος Διευθυντής Φεστιβάλ, αφού πήγε σπίτι του έναν μάλλον εξίσου εξαντλημένο Καλλιτεχνικό Διευθυντή, δηλώνει επισήμως ότι το 7ο SFF-rated ATHENS μόλις τελείωσε! Από αύριο ξεκινούν οι αναρτήσεις που θα το κρατήσουν alive and well: βραβεία, φωτογραφίες, σχόλια κοινού, μεθεόρτια, χαιρετισμοί καλεσμένων – stay tuned!

Foreign Correspondence: a rather exhausted FD, after driving home a rather exhausted Artistic Director, declares officially the end of the 7th SFF-rated ATHENS! From tomorrow, posts and new pages will keep the 7th edition alive and well in our memories: Awards, photos, audience comments, aftermaths, directors’ testimonials -stay tuned!

Alecos Papadopoulos

Chief Festival Officer

Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | March 14, 2012

Απόψε όλα τα Καλούδια

Απόψε όλα τα καλούδια:

– Μια ορεκτική επιλογή από το νέο διπλό DVD συλλογή με ταινίες μικρού μήκους από το 2010 και το 2011

MYSTERY SCREENING (σας υποσχόμαστε ότι είναι αδύνατον να μαντέψετε τι θα δείτε!)

Δώρα Κοινού : φιγούρες, επιτραπέζια, δώρα John Carter, αλλά και το σενάριο του RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH με αυτόγραφο του John Alan Simonστην κλήρωση συμμετέχουν μόνο όσοι θα είναι παρόντες στον κινηματογράφο.

Βραβεία Κοινού και Κριτικής Επιτροπής.

Απόψε λοιπόν δεν υπάρχει κανένα δίλημμα: ραντεβού στον ΜΙΚΡΟΚΟΣΜΟ

Αλέκος Παπαδόπουλος


Posted by: Alecos Papadopoulos | March 12, 2012

JA Simon in New York College 13-3, 13:30

Είναι συμβολικό: ο σκηνοθέτης του RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH John Alan Simon θα δώσει την δική του ομιλία στο NEW YORK COLLEGE (ΑΜΑΛΙΑΣ 38 ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑ), την Τρίτη 13-3 στις 13:30.

Θέμα: Η εμπειρία του από την παραγωγή ανεξάρτητων φιlμ χαμηλού budget, αλλά και τι κουτσομπόλευε κατά καιρούς με τον Oliver Stone…

Όλο τριάρια, ενώ φέτος είναι η χρονιά των δυαριών -αλλά το SFF-rated ATHENS δεν συνηθίζει να ακολουθεί τον συρμό!

Η ομιλία είναι ανοιχτή στο κοινό, φυσικά με δωρεάν είσοδο.

Θα σας δουμε (και) εκεί.


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