Giorgos Kimoulis was Honoured at The New York City Greek Film Festival for his contribution to Greek Theatre and Cinema
In the presence of acclaimed Greek Directors Tassos Boulmetis, Nikos Perakis and the new Director of the Greek Film Festival in New York, Maria Tzompanaki.
British/ Greek Actress and Presenter for The Fan Carpet Eirini Mo attended the 12th annual New York Greek Film Festival held in Manhattan. The festival was on from October 18th till October 23rd 2018.
The New York City Greek Film Festival is establishing a presence for Greek films in New York City. The festival primarily is looking to present Greek cinema to the New York audience.
There were also open discussions between artists and audiences after a lot of the screenings.
The Academy Award nomination for “Dogtooth” (Kynodontas as per the Greek title) in 2011 by Yorgos Lanthimos has helped draw attention to the cutting-edge films coming out of Greece.
The New York City Greek Film Festival is presented by the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce (HACC) in conjunction with the Hellenic American Cultural Foundation (HACF). The HACC was founded over 60 years ago to promote commercial and cultural ties between Greece and the US.
Nowadays it is a thriving organisation of successful entrepreneurs devoted to strengthening the bond between the two countries. The HACF was established two years ago to promote Hellenic heritage and traditions. The festival is funded by supporters from the business, public service, and private sectors. The Onassis Foundation USA is the festival’s principal benefactor.
The new Director of the Festival, Maria Tzompanaki (well known Greek actress) has been present at the opening ceremony and expressed her views re the current festival.
The opening ceremony had the film 1968 by Tassos Boulmetis screened. The closing Ceremony was held at the famous Friars club with a Coktail party reception and a presentation of the Audience Awards to the winners of the best feature and best short film. A special recognition award was presented to Giorgos Kimoulis for his contribution to the Greek arts over the years.
It was a successful festival with a lot of sold out screenings which gave a positive outlook to this year's festival.
We look forward going to it again next year and hope more great Greek films get screened!