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Beyond Borders

“Beyond Borders” 6th International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo is inviting documentary filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to the competition for 2021.



International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders» calling

International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders»
6th International Documentary Festival Castellorizo Island, Greece August 22- 29, 2021

Call for submission

11 January - May 11, 2021 «Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture» The 6th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 11th of May, 2021. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social subjects. «Beyond Borders» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( «Beyond Borders» includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes. Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-Political Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Greek Documentary, Best Special Award «Odyssey» and the Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship(EKOME). Please, find the application form and the participation terms here:


Film Submission

11 January - May 11, 2021


  1. Deadline for all applications is May 11th, 2021. The selected participants will be notified by e-mail before 11th of June, 2021.
  2. Documentaries must have been produced in the last five years (2017-2021).
  3. For the pre-selection stage it would be sufficient to submit the documentaries via youtube or vimeo with English subtitles, along with the necessary passwords.
  4. Participants whose films will be selected, should upload the required material to the Google Drive link you will receive from the Festival.A Gmail account is required.


  • Greek speaking films, where only Greek language is used:

Copy of the movie with hardcoded (burned) English subtitles.

Individual file with synchronized English subtitles in .srt format.

Copy with hardcoded English subtitles on the movie.

Attention: the .srt files must keep up with the movie frame rate. If not so, the participation will be disqualified.

  • Greek speaking films, where other languages are also used:

«Clean»  copy of the movie (no hardcoded subtitles).

Individual file with synchronized English subtitles (for the whole movie) in .srt format.

Individual file with synchronized Greek subtitles (for the parts where any other language than Greek is used) in .srt format.

Attention: the .srt files must keep up with the movie frame rate. If not so, the participation will be disqualified.


  • Non-Greek speaking films:

«Clean» copy of the movie (no hardcoded subtitles).

Individual file with synchronized English subtitles in .srt format.

  • A trailer with English subtitles for promotional use.
  • A declaration form signed by the producer and the director.


  1. The final copy that would be screened should have the following format:
  • File: mp4
  • Encoding: H.264
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Scan type: Progressive
  • Bitrate: 10 – 12 Mbps
  • Frame rate: 25fps or 30 fps
    • Audio: AAC, Bit Rate: 256 – 320 Kbps, Sample Rate: 48 kHz

The file must be delivered by one of the following ways:

  1. All files should be uploaded to the Google Drive link you receive from the Festival.
  2. Entrants whose films will be selected, may submit electronically photos, posters, press releases etc, for promotional activities.
  3. All material of the selected films should be uploaded to the Google Drive until June 30, 2021.
  4. There is no participation fee.
  5. The evaluation will be made by a jury of well-known film directors. Prizes will be awarded for:
  • Best History Documentary
  • Best Socio-Political Documentary
  • Best Short Documentary
  • Best Greek Documentary
  • Best Special Award «Odyssey»
  • Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship(EKOME)


  1. Awarded and nominated films will offer the Festival the rights for three more screenings after the end of the Festival.
  2. The finalists will be invited to Castellorizo, with travel and accommodation costs covered.

13. The Festival has the right to reject any application if it is not fully completed or the required material does not reach the Festival offices in time.

14. The Festival decides and is responsible for the screening schedule of the film (day and hour) and may organize screenings of the films in any theatre during the Festival.

15. The Festival has the right to reject any material which does not meet the character and objectives of its program.

16. The Festival may use limited excerpts of the film or the trailer for promotional purposes.

17. Participants should accept to give interviews to the communication sponsors and to be photographed if asked.

18. Parts of the Festival will be filmed for the «Beyond Borders» Festival archive and for its promotion to the public. Members of the audience and participants that may appear in these parts cannot have any claims from the organizing company.

19. During «Beyond Borders» Festival, parallel events will take place.

20. «Beyond Borders» Festival organizing team reserves the right to cancel the Festival, should it be necessary.

21. Participation in «Beyond Borders» International Documentary Festival implies acceptance of the above regulations.


«Beyond  Borders» Organizing Committee




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1, Bouboulinas Street,
15351, Pallini, Greece,
Tel: (+30)210 66 69 140 & (+30)210 66 69 131.
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