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Film Festival Focus: Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival

28 September 2015 | 2:56 pm | Artist Submission

Answered by:
Penny Kyprianou, Festival Director

What kinds of films are on your program? A glance through this year's program reveals a mix of films including contemporary dramas, star-studded comedies, documentaries that examine issues plaguing Greece today plus three shorts programs: Greek-Australian, international and a newly added documentary shorts program. This year we also celebrate the films of one Greece's most recognisable actresses, famed '60s bombshell, Aliki Vougiouklaki. Vougiouklaki was considered the 'National Star of Greece', the single most successful Greek actress since the advent of cinema. Five of her most treasured and successful films will screen as part of this year's Festival.

What makes your festival stand out from other film festivals? The new wave of Greek cinema — which emerged in the wake of the country's socioeconomic hardship — continues to strengthen, appearing at major international film festivals across the globe where it has received numerous awards. Young filmmakers with a fresh vision continue to challenge cultural norms, creating a crop of unconventional, creatively daring films that explore contemporary issues with youthful vigour. The Greek Film Festival is dedicated to supporting these filmmakers by giving them the screen time they deserve. Our Festival is also one of the few (and possibly only) foreign language film festivals which includes a dedicated shorts program (the sixth Greek-Australian Short Film Festival), which now includes cash prizes for the top short film.

When & where is your festival? 14 Oct — 1 Nov, Palace Cinema Como

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