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Greek Film Festival in Edinburgh

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  This year’s Greek Film Festival in Edinburgh – which opened on February 20 and continues until March 1 – is dedicated to Greek-Cypriot filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis with the screening of a new documentary on his life and times. Moreover, there will be screenings of his highly acclaimed Euripides trilogy “Elektra,” (see photo) “The Trojan Women” and “Iphigenia.” The programme also includes contemporary Greek films like Thanos Anastopoulos’ “Correction”, Angeliki Antoniou’s “Eduart,” and Nikos Perakis’ “Cool.” See also: Guardian.co.uk – Film preview: Greek Film Festival, Edinburgh (14.02.09); Living.scotsman.com: Best reasons to check out the Greek Film Festival (11.02.09)


Hellenic film Renaissance is Underway

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  According a recent Variety article by Will Tizard (Greek films grab more market share, 6.11.2008), a Hellenic film renaissance is underway: Greek features like “El Greco”, “Little Godfather” and “Wedding Party” are gaining larger audiences in Greece and world sales rights are better than ever. Films picked up by foreign distributors include hits El Greco and Little Godfather, but also arthouse films like “Tale 52” and “Correction“. The Greek Film Centre (www.gfc.gr) finances film productions and ensures favourable conditions for film making, promotes and supports film distribution in commercial circuits, organises retrospectives and film-weeks abroad, participates in festivals, hosts seminars aimed at providing professional training, awards scholarships and conducts research on Greek cinema. Greece has always had a long and spectacular love affair with the international film making community. Since 1974, the Greek Film Centre supports the production and promotion of Greek films and fosters the participation of Greek producers in foreign productions. in this context, the Hellenic Film Commission Office (www.hfco.gr) provides every possible service for filming in Greece.