After a rigorous selection process, the programming team choose the films of the official International Competition section. Each film should be the debut or the second work of its director. Its screening should also be a Greek premiere. This section aims to shine a light on new talents on their way to becoming the most soughtafter artists of tomorrow.
MUSIC & FILM
One of the most popular sections of the festival took on the Competition aspect and leads the audience into various musical genres, introduces artists and new musical trends, pays tribute to unforgettable or littleknown parts of musical history. This section features the best documentaries of the year, the best of which is awarded the big prize by an international jury of artists and journalists who work in the music and film industry.
MUSIC & FILMS - OUT OF COMPETITION
This section runs parallel to the Music & Films - In Competition section and features movies that could not included in the aforementioned section according to the Festival's Official Regulation.
The most important international and European productions, which have been distinguished in major festivals and have piqued the interest of filmgoers all over the world, as well as new discoveries. Films which deal with contemporary issues, analyze big social and political problems, explore new narrative routes and experiment aesthetically. In this section, you also find the most interesting bigbudget productions of the coming season. Films that will monopolise the attention of the media, run for Academy Awards and make big cash at the box office.
GREEK SHORT STORIES / IN COMPETITION
The Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights supports young filmmakers by establishing a brand new section to its line-up, the official competition section for Greek short films. The main award comes with a 1,500 euro cash prize.
GREEK FILMS PREMIERES
New Greek films are making their debut at the Athens International Film Festival.
STRANGER THAN FICTION
Fascinating, odd, bizarre and attractive images of a varied world, amazing everyday stories which any gifted scriptwrited would envy, revealing looks at contemporary reality, all captured in the documentaries of this section.
An open invitation to latenight movie buffs, promising a series of suspenseful nocturnal screenings of varied content: the latest in Asian horror, select retro chills and some of the most controversial American offerings make up one of the most adventurous and entertaining sections of the festival.
Whether the work of young filmmakers, testing the waters for the first time, or the conscious choice of certain directors who prefer to be brief and concise, the short films in this section deserve special attention. Each year the Athens International Film Festival brings you the best live action and animation shorts that garnered public attention at major film festivals around the world.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS - RETROSPECTIVES
This Section features a series of retro screenings, offering Greek audiences the opportunity to revisit old classics or discover largely unknown gems in new or restored prints. Some recent examples include "Performance" by Nicolas Roeg, "The Battle of Algiers" by Gilo Pontecorvo, "Seconds" by John Frankenheimer and "Daisies" by Vera Chytilova.