Press Release: 5th iRoDi Festival

 5th  Festival «Reflection of disability in art» of University of Macedonia


      The International Festival "Reflection of disability in art" (iRoDi), as an institution of the University of Macedonia and as a unit for the Support of Social Inclusion through Art of the Laboratory of Educational and Social Inclusion of People with Learning and Adaptation Difficulties (LAESI) is organized for the 5th year from 3rd to 10th December 2023 at the University of Macedonia.

      The purpose of the Festival is to support and promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities through their participation in cultural events in any role they wish, as actors, directors, volunteers or simply as spectators. The main goal of the International Festival "The reflection of disability in art" is to highlight art through the perspective of disability.

     Regarding the Film Competition Section, of the 976 films of all genres, submitted via filmfreeway and by email from all over the world, 112 films were selected. Films fall within the topics: Self-determination, Disability and Art, Family Relations, Deaf Community, Aspects of Life, Diversities, Disability and Sports.

      The artistic schedule of the Festival includes screenings of films, Greek and foreign productions, musical performances, sports events and many more artistic actions.

       The Schedule includes live screenings at the Ceremonies Auditorium of the University of Macedonia on 3/12, 4/12, 5/12, 8/12 and 9/12. This year, for the 1st time, the International Festival collaborates with the Filmocracy platform. Thus, viewers will have the opportunity to watch online screenings through Filmocracy on 6/12 and 7/12, while there will also be on-demand screenings through Filmocracy from 2/12-10/12.

The Competition Jury of the 5th International Festival "Reflection of disability in art" (iRoDi) consists of:

 Matjaž Debevc

Dr. Matjaž Debevc, retired Associate Professor works at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, Institute of Communication Media. His research interests include human-computer interaction, usability, e-learning, visual communication and accessibility. This expertise mainly concerns the technical part, but also the contribution to the development of policies and qualification frameworks in respective activities. He participated as a leader and as a partner in more than 70 European and national projects.


Angeliki Petrou

Holder of a BA in Film Studies from Middlesex University in London and an MA in Contemporary Film Culture from King's College. She is the Coordinator of the International Program at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival (TiDF), an honorary member of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) team since 2007, and has participated in the production of more than 30 festivals. For the last 10 years she is programming the Youth Section (NextGen) of both TiDF and TIFF, as well as organizing tributes and screenings for TIFF and its annual activity.


Maria Tsakiri

Lecturer at the European University of Cyprus with 16 years of experience in teaching and supporting students and children with disabilities at all levels of education ( Her current research interests lie in inclusive education, disability policies and activism, intersectionality, as well as cultural representations and film festivals about disability


Georgia Fyka

Social worker, MA in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds and Health Services Management. She has been involved for many years in supporting the rights of people with disabilities with a key interest in disability policies and the Movement for Independent Living. She has worked as a General Manager at THE DISABILITY NOW and the in a series of programs and studies on disability, such as employment, tourism, independent living, education, etc. She participates in voluntary disability organizations such as the association ALLI OPSI,, which is a founding member and former president, the Movement of Disabled Artists and the Movement for the Emancipation of disabled people: ZERO TOLERANCE (


Spyros Dadanides

Graduate of the Film School of Kingston University in England. CoCreator of the “Cool Crips” and vice president of the association “Perpato”. His documentary "The journey of our masks" was awarded at the 2nd Festival "Reflection of disability in art".


Stay tuned to the Festival's website and social media for the announcement of the detailed program.


For more information, interested parties can contact:

 University of Macedonia

156 Egnatia, P.C. 546 36, Thessaloniki

Contact phone: 00302310891350








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