This year, from the 19th until the 30th September, the capital’s favorite cinema institution celebrates its coming of age with 12 days full of cinema and fun, in the movie theaters Odeon Opera 1 & 2 (57 Akadimias Street), Danaos 1 & 2 (Kifisias Avenue 109) and Ideal (46 Panepistimiou Street).
The festival aims to bring right in the very heart of the capital the highlights of the current film season. Simultaneous events, parties, seminars and of course the most glamorous premieres of worldwide cinema come straight to your neighborhood through the Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights COSMOTE.
By having a full movie menu which includes atmospheric film noirs, revolutionary romances, legendary classical productions, unexpectedly entertaining cinematographic debuts, alternative narrations, international cutting edge productions, musical surprises, subversive documentaries and cinema suggestions more vibrant than ever, the addictive cinema institution of the city is getting ready to load the town with pictures and colors.
For the fourth consecutive year, it will honor the most remarkable cinematographic creations by giving out the Newcomers Greek Filmmakers Awards: director and actors (man and woman).
The International Film Festival of Athens Opening Nights COSMOTE additionally supports the efforts of the Greek filmmakers by adding a brand new section to its categories, the official competition section of short Greek films. Furthermore, on the occasion of Whit Stillman’s latest hilarious film, the Festival recommends a tribute which will definitely make you reconsider your sense of humor!
In order to celebrate the 100 years of the unceasing creativeness of the well-known influential studio, the Festival, in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy and the Japan Foundation, projects some of the most characteristic films-landmarks of Nikkatsu, in a versatile tribute full of classic masterpieces and hard-to-find discoveries.
Golden Athena remains the award of the Festival in both its competition sections: In the International Competition participate movies by young filmmakers while also the jury committee is consisted of young people. In the Music & Film section musical documentaries from all over the world and covering all types of music are in competition.
Together with the weekly tour of the festival’s younger brother, the Athens Open Air Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival is looking for those occasions which can reveal in the best possible way the splendid autumn motifs of the city of Athens, as well as the connections between cinema and the most topical and urging cultural issues of the current sociopolitical agenda.