SIFFY 2013 was a huge success! We had eight directors from the United States, China, England, South Korea and Taiwan and we made eight films based on the history of clay. The students obtained oral histories about the usage of clay in Skopelos and then created their films based on the histories. There were quite a few modern day takes on the stories. A big thank you to our directors Danya Abt, Maria Juliana Byck, Jin Joo, Wangtae Lim, Huiching Tseng, Helen Ward, Ran Yu and Sun Zhenhu.
A grandmother’s romantic tale reveals that although the technology used to attract a possible match might be different, finding love has not changed much. Years ago, in some parts of Greece, young girls would throw a clay pot at a boy they wanted to meet. If the pottery shards hit the boy it was considered a good omen and the boy was invited to meet the girl.
THE LEGEND OF POTTERY
Young girls of Skopelos gathering water for their families spot pirates on the horizon and run to find a clever hiding spot.
THE SCARLET LETTER
A young potter confronts a group of bullies in his village, only to find himself suffering because of his unjust revenge.
YIAYIA THE ALCOHOLIC
Yiayai has several tricks up her sleeve in order to have plenty of wine to drink despite having no money and a stingy and grumpy husband.
Drunken Pirates invade the island of Skopelos, locals find secret hiding places and trick the priates with magic.
Two intrepid investigators are on the trail of spooky invaders who lurk on the picturesque streets of Skopelos Town. On Skopelos, pottery has always provided haven from invaders. Residents used pottery to hide valuables and even people from invaders, first from Byzantine Pirates and later from World War II Fascists.
SKOPELOS LOVE STORY
Madly in love, a boy creates a clay statue of the girl that has captured his heart and soul. Soon strange events begin to unfold and he is wrapped in her bizarre embrace. Based on the oral history “man who made his friend of clay”as told by Natalia Lithadioti.
A once happy classroom gets a visit from a strange and dangerous imposter. Luckily the students are clever enough to join forces and use evil forces for good!
A mysterious vase unleashes a terrifying secret.