NEW YORK – Maria Tzompanaki, Director of the New York City Greek Film Festival (NYCGFF), Ambassador of Crete’s Culture, and renowned actress, released a “Save the Date” for the upcoming Film Festival which is set for October 17-23 this year.
The text of the Save the Date message follows:
The New York City Greek Film Festival has the pleasure of announcing, to the readers of The National Herald and to all Greeks, the dates of its upcoming edition: October 17-23. The lavish program, which is comprised of more than 40 films, a record number for the 13 year-old institution, will unfold at FiaF’ s welcoming venues, in the heart of Manhattan.
It is worth noting that this year, apart from the Greek features, documentaries and shorts, the festival launches a new section with international productions of Greek interest- meaning films with Greek elements no matter the country of their origin. Furthermore, a purely international section of short films from all over the world will be introduced, exclusively on the Festival’s website.
The Festival also has the honor of presenting, in collaboration with notable Greek archeologists and in world premiere, a digital exhibition of listings from the sublime history of world’s greatest Greek of all times: Alexander the Great. An exhibition already hosted at the Hellenic Institute of Venice.
In the 14th century, Trapezuntine Emperor Alexios III Komnenos commissioned a manuscript for his private library recounting Alexander the Great’s achievements. Compiled by the era’s most able copyists, the manuscript is also enriched with 250 illuminations narrating the entire life course of the magnificent warrior.
The main goal of this unique initiative is to showcase the Macedonian ruler who spread the Greek spirit and the Greek culture throughout the then-known world, to portray the man who was loved and honored like no other Greek. Within this context, an exhibition of Alexander the Great-themed engravings, carved by important artists from Xotaris Gallery, will also take place.
In addition, this year’s Festival has also organized a special tribute to women, and more precisely on the topic of Women’s Abuse in modern society. A musical performance presented by the notable artist Maro Theodorakis, with female Greek New Yorkers performing songs especially written for women by renowned composers, is scheduled within this framework.
In short, the festival is an entire week of arts and culture, highlighted by outstanding images and including films, tributes, and exhibitions, as well as opportunities to meet and chat with filmmakers who will be present for the screenings of their works. Also on tap, surprises and ceremonies honoring filmmakers, and parties celebrating film.
Looking forward to welcoming you all!
Director of NYC Greek Film Festival
Ambassador of Crete’s Culture