Digital cinema initiative

Media Desk Hellas, a department of the Ministry of Culture which helps develop local television programming and invests in new media and technology applications in cinema, recently held a competition for digital films, titled Microcinema, whose aim was to highlight the historical and social significance of the Olympic Truce either literally or metaphorically. After assessing a record number of fictional and documentary films shot and edited on digital equipment, the committee of Media Desk Hellas is planning to announce the recipients of the 3,000- and 1,500-euro awards in the context of the short film festival, composed of entries from the Drama Short Film Festival, which will take place from October 25-31 at the Trianon Filmcenter in central Athens. The panel of judges is composed of the president of the International Olympic Truce Committee, Stavros Lambrinidis, journalist Tasos Telloglou, director and film studies professor Eva Stefani, film critic Babis Aktsoglou, the director of audiovisual productions for HiTECH and RAM magazines, Elektra Venaki, the artistic director of the Drama Short Film Festival, Antonis Papadopoulos, and the director of Media Desk Hellas, Ioanna Haritatou. The aim of the competition is to emphasize the importance of using technology in film productions and distribution, both as a means of cost-cutting and in order to make Greek productions more competitive on an international level.