View Film Industry Talents at the Thessaloniki Film Festival
If you enjoy film festivals, there is one major festival in Greece that you simply cannot afford to miss – the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Here, where new and old architecture sprawl out in every direction for kilometers, some 70 000 people gather annually to enjoy this massive tribute to the art of film making.
A festival as massive as the international Thessaloniki Film Festival obviously didn’t start out this way. In fact it started life as a rather modest ‘Week of Greek Cinema’ in 1960. The event was a massive success and today, 41 years later, it has become one of the biggest and most popular film festivals in the world. It started to take on its current form in 1992 and now features ten days of excellent cinema from around the world. More than 150 films are screened in the various cinemas across the city and films are chosen and honored according to several different categories.
In the International Section of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, only new directors’ first or second films are screened, while in the Panorama of Greek Films the focus is on recent local productions. The Independence Days section of the festival shows cutting-edge trends in independent film production, while the Balkan Survey is a unique portion of the program, which gives audiences a chance to see what sort of cinematic developments are taking place in the Balkans. In addition to this, there is a non-competitive retrospectives and tributes section of the festival, which looks at both past masters and emerging artists. The festival also features exhibitions, artistic events and hosts a number of panels. The festival of film in Thessaloniki provides the perfect atmosphere wherein newcomers to the industry can meet veteran filmmakers and discuss ideas and projects.
During the 41 years of its history, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become a rich celebration of film. It has served as a springboard for many new directors, discovering and promoting their raw and unique talents. Why not attend this massive film festival and enjoy this exchanging of art and ideas yourself? The festival takes place at the Olympion Cinema Complex, which has two cinema theaters and is the official home of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Only a short distance away, The Pier (Provlita) also has four cinema houses, which cash in on the festivities during festival time. So book your stay in Thessaloniki and enjoy this great annual event!