Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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Thessaloniki International Film Festival
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Festival logo
Location Thessaloniki, Greece
Founded 1960
Language International
www.filmfestival.gr

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF; Greek: Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Θεσσαλονίκης, Diethnes Festival Kinimatografou Thessalonikis) has become one of the Balkans' primary showcases for the work of new and emerging filmmakers. The event features the International Section, a panorama of Greek films, the New Horizons program, the Balkan Survey, and numerous retrospectives and tributes to leading figures in the world of film. The Festival is competitive with the International Section jury awarding several prizes each year, most notably the "Golden Alexander" for Best Feature-Length Film.

Overview[edit]

Thessaloniki International Film Festival hoarding.

Since 1992, the International Thessaloniki Film Festival has striven to present the most innovative independent films from around the world. Components of the Festival include:

  • The International Competition section consists of new directors' first or second films.
  • The non-competitive panorama of Greek films, an overview of the recent local production is followed by the presentation of the State Film Awards by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
  • The Independence Days non-competitive section is the cutting-edge showcase for the latest trends in independent film production.
  • The Balkan Survey, created in 1994, stands as a unique program which offers audiences a window on the cinema of this region of the world.

Today, president of the Thessaloniki Film Festival is the Paris-born Greek actor Georges Corraface.

Retrospectives and tributes look at both historic masters, and emerging artists. Since 1993, numerous directors have been represented in the retrospective/tribute programs, including:

In addition to the rich film offerings, the Festival hosts panels, exhibitions, and other artistic events such as:

  • The Nam June Paik Video & Television Art exhibition
  • The Strange Objects of Desire of David Cronenberg Ingrid Caven's concert
  • Paintings & Collages by Sergei Paradjanov
  • Periplanissis Photo Exhibit by Josef Koudelka
  • "Peter Greenaway's Paintings, Drawings & Collages" exhibit
  • Jazz master Gato Barbieri in concert

Over the last five years the Festival has also spotlighted significant, leading directors and promoted the work of emerging young filmmakers from all over the world.

History[edit]

"Olympion" theater, where the head office of the festival is located .

First held in 1960 as a modest "Week of Greek Cinema", the Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become, 50 years later, an annual event focused on the discovery and promotion of new directors from all over the world. For ten days in mid-November, audiences numbering approximately 70,000, as well as hundreds of Greek and foreign Festival guests, attend screenings of more than 150 films in the city's cinemas.

Newcomers in the competitive section meet veteran filmmakers whose work is celebrated through retrospectives and special screenings. All films are screened before the young, vital, cinema-loving Thessaloniki audience, while in the Festival's parallel events, such as concerts and art exhibitions, cinema is brought together with the other arts. The Festival assumed its present international character in 1992, under the direction of Michel Demopoulos, with the financial support of the Greek Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Municipality of Thessaloniki and other local institutions, and with the unanimous support of the city's population. The international recognition enjoyed by the Festival is illustrated by the participation in its jury of celebrities such as Francis Ford Coppola, Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, and many others.

Best film award until 1992[edit]

List of Golden Alexander Winners[edit]

Conference with John Malkovich and current president of the Festival Georges Corraface.
Year Film Director Country of origin
1992 Orlando Sally Potter  United Kingdom
Dance in the Night Aleko Tsabadze  Georgia
1993 From the Snow Sotiris Goritsas  Greece
1994 The Days Wang Xiaoshuai  China
1995 Postman He Jianjun  China
1996 Brothers in Trouble Udayan Prasad  United Kingdom
1997 Road to Nhill Sue Brooks  Australia
1998 Fishes in August Yōichirō Takahashi  Japan
1999 Shower Zhang Yang  China
2000 Last Resort Paweł Pawlikowski  United Kingdom
2001 Tirana Year Zero Fatmir Koçi  Albania
2002 Woman of Water Hidenori Sugimori  Japan
Blissfully Yours Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
2003 The Last Train Aleksei German  Russia
2004 Bitter Dream Mohsen Amiryousefi  Iran
2005 Someone Else's Happiness Fien Troch  Belgium
2006 Family Ties Kim Tae-yong  South Korea
2007 The Red Awn Cai Shangjun  China
2008 Over There Abdolreza Kahani  Iran
2009 Ajami Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani  Israel /  Germany
2010 Periferic Bogdan George Apetri  Romania
2011 Twilight Portrait Angelina Nikonova  Russia
2012 A Hijacking Tobias Lindholm  Denmark
2013 The Golden Cage Diego Quemada-Díez  Mexico

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