Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Mpouras Antonis, Mourika Drosoula

  The Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) is held every November in Thessaloniki and lasts for 10 days. It was first held in 1960 as the Week of Greek Cinema until 1965. In 1966 it changed its name to Festival of Greek Cinema and in 1992top_img1 the Festival became International. The Festival includes The International Competitive Section of movies, in which the first and second movies of young directors from all around the world are viewed, the Panorama of Greek Movies, presenting the most recent Greek productions, the Open Horizons section which presents some of the most innovative and independent voices of the global movie industry, the Eyes on the Balkans section featuring Balkan productions and Movies for children and the Youth Screen section with special shows for schools and children. Some of these sections are competitive and others are not. Several56o-thessaloniki-international-film-festival-478x244 tributes are paid to top and emerging cinema people like John Cassavetes, Jules Dassin, David Cronenberg, Nagisa Oshima, Wim Wenders, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Nick Koundouros, Pantelis Voulgaris e.t.c. The awards given are the Golden Alexander award for Best Film, the Special Jury Award, the Silver Award and awards for Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and Artistic Achievement. Finally, some independent awards are given with the one of the International Union of Movie Critics (FIPRESCI) topping the list. In parallel to the Festival, some other cultural events take place such as concerts and art exhibitions.

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