The tribute “Capturing Nature” is implemented by the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and it is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek National Funds.

The film tribute has free admission and it is accessible to disabled people.

The tribute of SIFF to environmental films is implemented as part both of the EU-wide communications campaign called “Europe in My Region,” run as a way to encourage citizens to discover and learn more about EU-funded projects near them.

All of the films in this tribute are screened in Greece for the first time.


This year, for the first time in its history, Syros International Film Festival hosts the special tribute “Capturing Nature”, which consists of two short film programs – “Scaping the Land” and “Vernacular Vision”, as well as an open discussion with director Jessica Sarah Rinland. Creators from all over the world explore the relationship of humans with nature and the ecosystem, and how the (over)exploitation of natural resources by man has changed the balance in the environment (natural, economic, social). The tribute is implemented through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and National Funds. It’s co-funded projects deal mostly with the improvement of education and employment in Greece.

Some of the objectives of the effort include:

  • Developing and exploiting the capabilities of the country’s human resources,
  • Improving the quality of education, Lifelong Learning, and raising awareness for environmental education,
  • Linking education to the labor market and
  • Strengthening social cohesion and social inclusion of vulnerable social groups (EKO).

Specifically, on Saturday, July 20, at 15.00, the Pallas Indoor Cinema will host the program “Capturing Nature: Scaping the Land”. Films such as “Altiplano”, by Malena Szlam, will guide the public to the Andean Mountains which  are threatened by a century of mining practices, and recent geothermal exploitation, while Jorge Jácome’s “Flores” will present the enormous ecological disaster in an area of the Azores that led to the evacuation of an entire region. Finally, the program includes Jessica Sarah Rinland’s “Black Plond”. Earlier in the day, at 13.00, at Laoutari Café, the British director will present a constructive open discussion with the public.

The second program “Capturing Nature: Vernacular Vision” will take place on Sunday, July 21, at 18.00, at the Pallas Indoor Cinema. There, the audience will have the opportunity to watch films such as Natasa Efstathiadi’s “Cotton Chronicles”, a stunning silent essay an artist’s stay in a warehouse full of toxic and expired pesticide meant for cotton cultivation, “Sunstone”, by Filipa César and Louis Henderson, who examine overexposure in the light of an archaeology of the field of optics (ranging from lenses to lighthouse to GPS) and colonialism, while the anthropologist and ethnographer Adriana Vila-Guevera will present her experimental work “Intertropical Vision”, taking her audience to the multi-faceted and indomitable tropics.

The tribute “Capturing Nature” is implemented by: