Skopelos Film Festival
The Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth (SIFFY) was first organized in 2009 with the cooperation of Professor Wangtae Lim from Dong-Ah Institute of Media and the Arts and Jill Somer, Associate Director of the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts. Since then, nine festivals have been organized and were funded by private donors through Kickstarter campaigns.
The festival lasts one week to ten days with three days of educational classes based on the yearly theme and then for the next 7 days students work in teams of six to eight with a professional filmmaker to create a short film. The students do everything from creating the initial idea, writing the scenario, camera, directing, acting and then they partially edit the film with the assistance of the professional filmmakers. The last evening the films are screened to the townspeople to an audience of about nine hundred people. The films are then circulated to festivals throughout the world. Films from various years have been screened in America, Asia and Europe.