The Athens International Film and Video Festival in Athens, Ohio, presents independent films from around the world from 4 to 10 April. The festival, which has been around since 1974, celebrates avant-garde and alternative media and is an Academy Award-Qualifying Festival, meaning that award recipients at Athens qualify for Oscars consideration.
Altogether, the festival features hundreds of films this year, with short and feature films organised and curated together thematically. Themes this year include ‘Shifting Borders’, a collection of narratives and documentaries about migration, the Syrian refugee crisis, and surviving in the shadow of Ebola and poverty; ‘Justice For All’, which showcases stories of protest and race in America and Britain; ‘InQueery’, queer explorations of topics as diverse as representational politics, intersectionality, and animals; ‘Growing Up Too Fast’, a collection of coming-of-age stories; ‘Reel Funny’, comedy films about topics like manners, selfies, gentrification, and plastic bags; and ‘Keep The Lights On’, the festival’s dedicated horror showcase.
This year’s guest jurors, who will award the festival’s cash prizes, are all women and visual artists whose works challenge nonfiction narratives with appropriated material and collage: Lydia Moyer of Virginia, Kelly Sears of Colorado, and Jesse McLean of Wisconsin.
For more information about the cutting edge films screening at Athens this year, visit the festival’s full list of Films In Competition. Awards will be announced on 10 April.
Featured Image: ‘Henry’, a German/Austrian narrative feature film directed by Phillipp Fussenegger, screens at the Athens International Film and Video Festival this year.