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Thursday 10 April 2014, 16:07

“Crafted by time”, a documentary about Prespa by Vangelis Efthymiou, is in the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival



Adonis is starting to build his new wooden boat. He is one of the few who still have this skill. He makes a living from fishing in the Prespa Lakes. The Society for the Protection of Prespa has spent many years studying the fish species of these same lakes.

With the documentary “Crafted by Time”, director Vangelis Efthymiou transports us to the magical world of the Prespa Lakes. The film’s underwater protagonists are the 23 unique fish species found in Prespa, one of the less well-known, though highly important, aspects of the area’s natural wealth, and a primary reason why Prespa is classified as one of the ten most important wetlands in the Mediterranean. On dry land, the film stars the local fishermen and their traditional customs and practices, the lakeside tales passed down from father to son, and the problems they face in today’s economic climate.

“Crafted by Time” has been chosen as one of 58 Greek films to be shown at the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival – Images of the 21st Century. The premiere of the documentary will take place on Saturday 16th March 2013 at 13:00 in the Olympion Hall, and it will receive a second showing on Sunday 17th March at 15:15 in the Tonia Marketatki Hall. The Festival runs from 15th to 24th March 2013.

The documentary was produced as part of the LIFE+ Information & Communication (2010-2013) project “Fish, Fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin,” which aims to inform the public and raise awareness about issues connected with the rare fish species and fisheries of Prespa.


Your guided tour around the magical world of Prespa awaits you.

You can see the trailer for the documentary here

Further information from:
Rallia Kougioumtzi, Society for the Protection of Prespa, 23850-51211, 697 4062330
Vangelis Efthymiou, Direction – Land Art Productions, 694 4190314

Information for editors:
1) One of Prespa’s key features is the unique fish species which are found there. There are 23 species of fish living in Lesser and Great Prespa Lakes, 9 of which are endemic, meaning that they are found nowhere else in the world, and for this reason they are protected by both European and national legislation. The survival of these endemic fish species is threatened by factors connected with the general condition of the ecosystem as well as the use of improper fishing practices. Some of the more significant threats to the survival of the endemic fish species include water pollution, degradation of spawning grounds, illegal fishing and the introduction of non-native invasive species through re-stocking of fisheries.

2) The LIFE+ Information & Communication (2010-2013) project, “Fish, Fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin” is being implemented by the Society for the Protection of Prespa and is 50% co-funded by the European Union. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about the fish species and the threats they face, as well as to encourage the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in their protection. More information about the project can be found at