Parties, guests, roundtables! Check the side events of the 23rd Athens International Film Festival
The 23rd Athens International Film Festival - Opening Nights is not limited to film screenings, but it offers a great number of interesting side events!
During the days of the festival, the audience will have the opportunity to attend press conferences, to listen distinguished guests in masterclasses and to participate in roundtables.
Entry in all side events is free.
Actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave is coming to Athens for the 23rd Athens International Film Festival
On the occasion of the screening of the film «Sea Sorrow», a press conference will be held by Vanessa Redgrave and Lord Alfred Dubs at the Radisson Blu Park Hotel (10 Alexandras Ave.) on Thursday 21st September at 17:30.
Following the first screening of Sea Sorrow at the Cannes Film Festival last May, as well as the positive response from audiences and critics alike, Vanessa Redgrave returns to Greece, accompanied by Lord Alfred Dubs, for the Athens International Film Festival's single screening of the film.
In an evening full of special meaning, Sea Sorrow will be screened at the Athens Concert Hall on Friday the 22nd September 2017 at 8:00 pm.
Mimi Denisi will introduce the documentary and after the screening there will be an open discussion between the audience and: Vanessa Redgrave, Lord Alfred Dubs (UK Labour Party, supporter of Safe Passage), Mimi Denisi, “Doctors Without Borders” and “Safe Passage”.
Press Conference for the film «120 Beats per Minute», with director Robin Campillo and lead actor Arnaud Valois.
Saturday, 23 September | 17:00 | Aegean Omiros College (Panepistimiou 17, ground level)
The 23rd Athens International Film Festival and the distribution company Weird Wave invite you for the press conference for the film «120 Beats Per Minute», which will be moderated by Festival's artistic director Loukas Katsikas.
The film will be screened for the first time in Greence at Ideal on Saturday, 23 September at 19.45, as part of the spotlight for the director Robin Campillo. The film that brought a tear to Pedro Almodovar's eyes, president of the recent Cannes Film Festival jury, chronicles a group of people in the 80s who passionately opposed the world's indifference to a powerful and deadly disease. Campillo's direction, imbued with youthful momentum, uniquely combines the collective with the individual and the personal with the political. Campillo presents the audience with an emotional grenade. Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
Director and lead actor will also attend the premiere of the film. «120BPM» will be out at the greek cinemas on 28 September by Weird Wave.
Best Greek Newcomers Awards
Monday, 25 September | 19:30 | Danaos 1
The ceremony will be followed by the screening of the film «Konstantinos Tzoumas: An Actor by Nature» by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos.
A cinematic portrait of Kontantinos Tzoumas, a man who has been described as sarcastic by nature, an idiosyncratic actor and an instinctive author. The screening will be followed by a discussion with cast & crew.
Screening of «BLU»: A collaboration with the 10th International Animation Festival + Agora – Animasyros and the Onassis Cultural Centre
Tuesday 26 September | 17:30 | Onassis Cultural Centre (107 Syngrou Avenue)
“BLU” is a multidimensional artistic venture which introduces habits and ideas of Greek and Italian fimmakers through the prism of animation and digital arts. This activity makes for an original cultural discussion between two countries with design, illustration and the moving image as a starting point, giving visitors the opportunity to come into contact with the contemporary art scene and digital creation.
The event will be introduced by Vassilis Karamitsanis , President of animasyros and curators of the “Blu” event Rafaela Karagianni and Anastasia Terzidou.
“TV Series: allies or foes of cinema?”
Thursday 28 September | 12.00 | Function room of the Friends of Music Society of the Athens Concert Hall
(Vasilissis Sofias Ave & Kokkali, Athens)
Jasmin Basic, programmer at festivals in Switzerland and lecturer on the subject of television, Aris Lyhnaras director of TV serials, educational and entertainment shows and Grigoris Kokkinakis from COSMOTE TV discuss the role of TV Series in today's entertainment sector.
In cooperation with Suburban
“How to listen to a film after the end credits”
Friday 29 September | 12.00 | Function room of the Friends of Music Society of the Athens Concert Hall
(Vasilissis Sofias Ave & Kokkali, Athens)
Tim Stevens, head of production at the British Film Institute, shares the secrets that make certain soundtracks memorable long after the end of a screening. In collaboration with The British Council
Introduction: Eleni Mitsiaki (musicologist and member of the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA)
The legendary festival's parties are back! After specific screenings, the festival moves its energy from the movie theatres to bars where the audience can dance and exchange opinions about the films. Jameson is the supporter of the events and the viewers can have a free drink if they provide a valid festival ticket.
Friday, 22 September | 22:30 | «ΤGIF PARTY - Thank God it’s Festival Time»
Come and meet us at TGI Fridays Kolonaki (2 Neofitou Vamva, Athens)! DJ Set by Konstantinos Generalis
HAPPY HOUR at TGI FRIDAYS!
During the festival, TGI Fridays at Kolonaki and Ambelokipi become the “meeting point” for the festival team and the audience! Every day from 15:30 to 17:30, viewers who can provide a valid festival ticket, they will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of cocktails only for 5 euros and also finger food from a half priced bar food.
Saturday, 23 September | 23:00 | «120 ΒPM»
“120 Beats Per Minute” after-party at Six D.O.G.S (Avramiotou 6-8, Monastiraki, Athens). Show by Filothei & Darla Cubit and DJ Set by Iosifina Gkioka from Best 92.6
Monday, 25 September | 21:30 | Greek Cinema Party
The Hellenic Film Academy and the Athens International Film Festival invite you to their annual party at Metallourgio (Pireos 127) where Greek film trailers for the 2017 – 2018 season will be screened.
Wednesday, 27 September | 23:00 | «Glasgow takes Athens»
DJ set by the frontman of Mogwai, Stuart Braithwaite, who will be in Athens on the occasion of the premiere of “Lost in France”,at Barrett (Protogenous 11, Athens)
Friday, 29 September | 22:00 | Francophonie Day TV5MONDE Party
On the occasion of the Francophonie Day and the Festival's retrospective to Claire Denis. At Blue Rose (5 Karitsi Square)
Saturday, 30 September | 23:00 | Closing Party!
After the closing ceremony, film buffs can meet at Romantso (3 Anaxagora Street, Athens) for the last party of the festival! DJ set by Giorgos Geranios, Markos Frangos and Festival's Artistic Director Loukas Katsikas.