The Fairs

(Κάποτε ήμασταν αντάμα)

split screen documentary, 16min, Greece/Albania, 2018

Short Description:

The Fairs, is a 2-channel video documentary, presenting the story of two villages separated by the border line between Albania and Greece. Ayia Marina and Kossovitsa used to be one single village before the creation and installation of the border, that has separated its inhabitants for about sixty years. The video traces the story of this separation through the summer fairs that, since 1990, unify once again the inhabitants in a revelry.



Script / Direction:  Ioanna Neophytou
Creative Concept / Production / On-side Research / Sound Engineer:  Dimitris Stamatis
Direction of Photography:  Eleanna Santorinaiou
Editing / Colour Correction:  Chronis Theocharis
Sound Editing: Dimitris Papadakis – Dimitris Stamatis
Directing / Script Consultance:  Marco Gastine

The Fairs was commissioned by the exhibition “The Opposing Shore”, curated by Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou and Sasha Pevak, in the parallel programme of the 7th Biennale of Moscow, 22 September – 30 October 2017, CCI Fabrika Moscow. It was realized with the support of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and the Youth Board of Cyprus.

Screenings and Awards:

  • Festival Paul Va Au Cinéma, Montpelier, France, 2018.
  • Balkan Film Food Festival, Pogradek, Albania, 2018.
  • Beyond the Borders, International Documentary Festival, Kastelorizo, Greece, 2018.
  • Cyprus International Short Film Festival, Limassol, Cyprus, 2018.
    Official Selection in the Local Directors Competition
  • 9th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2018.
    Official Selection in the Competition Program.
  • Tirana International Film Festival, Albania, 2018.
  • «Docfest 2018 – 12ο Φεστιβάλ Ελληνικού Ντοκιμαντέρ Χαλκίδας», Greece, 2018.
    Official Selection in the Competition Program.
  • 5th Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival, 2019.