Cover picture credits ©  nedomacki
Cover picture credits ©  nedomacki

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and definitely one of the most popular and interesting destinations of the country. Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and of course, wonderful sea views.

Thessaloniki has something for everyone and a visit there will definitely steal your heart! If you’re looking for info as well as for suggestions on what to do and how to spend a day in Thessaloniki as a local would, go ahead and have a look at my previous articles. The upper town, the castles, the vast sea view, the food, the nightlife, the relaxed lifestyle and of course its people will no doubt guarantee a wonderful and unforgettable experience upon your visit to the Greek co-capital! 

Thessaloniki, the cultural capital of Greece
Thessaloniki, the cultural capital of Greece
Thessalonique, Grèce
There are a lot of second largest or second… best cities in every country. However, Thessaloniki's popular by the nickname of  "Symprotévousa" literally meaning "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the "Symvasilévousa" or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople. - Wikipedia

November is about to begin and I couldn’t help but writing about the month’s biggest annual artistic event; that’s no other than the “Thessaloniki International Film Festival”, which is about to open its doors to the crowds for the 59th consequent year. During November, Thessaloniki becomes the centre of international filmmaking. Great Greek and foreign artists arrive in large numbers to compete on their art, adding to the everlasting glamour of this stunning city.

Thessaloniki International Film Festival © Beetroot design group
Thessaloniki International Film Festival © Beetroot design group

Established in 1960, Thessaloniki’s film festival has been the centre of the Greek film production since. It is said to be one of the biggest and most important film festivals in Southeast Europe, during which films from all over the world, cinematic surprises and prestigious guests transform Thessaloniki into Greece’s cinematic and artistic cultural center. 

Theo Angelopoulos jokes with Willem Dafoe, the star of his 2008 film The Dust of Time. © Thessaloniki Festival Archive
Theo Angelopoulos jokes with Willem Dafoe, the star of his 2008 film The Dust of Time. © Thessaloniki Festival Archive
The 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival will be held in November 1 - 11, 2018, inviting the audience to discover innovative filmmakers, new sections, engaging tributes, the best films of independent cinema, the majority of the annual Greek film production, new initiatives in the festival’s Agora Industry and parallel events. Don’t miss the highlights of this year’s edition: the International Competition Section with films by newcomer directors from all over the world, the Greek Cinema Festival that promotes domestic cinema. Source: Thessaloniki International Film Festival

In addition, what’s worth mentioning is the fact that accessibility conditions have been already implemented in collaboration with the Movement of Disabled Artists. Processed subtitles and audio descriptions to the films’ have already been distributed to the producers,  aiming  that way to maintain the  films’ accessibility to everyone. Last but not least, the festival’s program will be available in Braille, as well as in big fonts, while the opening and closing ceremonies will have a simultaneous interpretation in Greek Sign Language. 

 ©Thessaloniki International Film Festival
©Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Here's a glimpse of last year's event!


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Chrisa Lepida

Chrisa Lepida

My name is Chrisa and I come from Greece. As nature lover, winter sports addict and Erasmus obsessed, I’m always writing about these topics.

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