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Hellenic Film Society Presents Free, Online ‘Conversations About Film’

The National Herald

The Hellenic Film Society USA presents the Greek Film Expo on Demand, July 10-20. (Photo: Courtesy of the Hellenic Film Society USA)

NEW YORK – As part of Greek Film Expo on Demand, the Hellenic Film Society USA presents a series of virtual Conversations About Film, July 16-19, to enhance the appreciation of Greek cinema. Award-winning filmmakers and actors and successful film producers offer their insights into the films being presented during the virtual Greek film festival. These webinars and discussions are available worldwide via Zoom free of charge, but online registration is required.

On Thursday, July 16, 11 AM-12 Noon EDT, Taking Advantage of Tax Incentives for On-Location Shooting in Greece features Venia Vergou, Director of the Hellenic Film Commission, Greek Film Centre; Vasiliki Ch. Diagouma, Head, Communication & International Relations Department, EKOME, S.A. (National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication); Giorgos Karnavas, Heretic Films; Fani Skartouli, Faliro House; and Nikos Moustakas, Bad Crowd.

Moderated by independent film producer and media attorney George Stephanopoulos, the discussion will look at how filmmakers can take advantage of new financial incentives for on-location filming in Greece, while helping to boost the Greek economy.

To register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zWdNQJcbRo2NHTOxLYWMhQ 

On Friday, July 17, 1:30-2:30 PM EDT, Filming on Location in Greece, features Steven Bernstein, cinematographer/ director/ screenwriter/ author, and Alex Pitoulis, commercial director, and is moderated by independent film producer and media attorney George Stephanopoulos.

The Filmmakers will discuss Greece’s diverse locations and highly skilled cast and crew, including top artistic and technical personnel, production service companies, and post-production facilities.

To register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JUq2IThpSACyzOQBj7KeBw

Behind the Scenes of Featured Films Presented in Greek Film Expo on Demand will be held on Saturday, July 18, in two parts with 1:30-2pm EDT (Part 1), moderated by Maria C. Miles, Esq., entertainment attorney, and Stavroula Toska, award-winning writer, director, actor, and producer, and featuring insights from Zacharias Mavroeidis, writer/director of Defunct, a centerpiece of the 2020 Greek Film Expo on Demand. The film won the Fischer Audience Award for Best Picture at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 2019.

Part 2 follows at 2-2:30 PM EDT with Basile Doganis, writer/director of Meltem and lead actor Daphne Patakia. Learn how Doganis wrote and directed a story that skillfully intertwines the refugee situation in Greece with the story of a young woman coming to terms with her past. Meltem was shot on location on the Greek island of Lesbos.

To register for any of the Saturday sessions, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vIZtc71oSq64SJE2cZon9w

On Sunday, July 19, the discussion moderated by independent film producer and media attorney, George Stephanopoulos begins at 1-1:30 PM EDT (Part 1) with Stavros Pamballis, writer/director of Siege on Liperti Street, and lead actor Daphne Alexander.

Pamballis will discuss the inspiration for his feature film debut. Set in the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus, the film tells the story of a family’s struggle to hold on to their home at any cost. Winner of five Best Picture Awards at the 2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, including the coveted FIPRESCI Prize (International Federation of Film Critics) and the People’s Choice Award.

Part 2 of the discussion, 1:30-2 PM EDT features Giorgios Georgopoulos, writer/director of Not to Be Unpleasant, But We Need to Have a Serious Talk. Georgopoulos is the founder of Multivision, an Athens-based production company that specializes in feature films, documentaries, commercials and music videos. He won the Best Screenplay Hellenic Film Academy Award in 2020 for Not to Be Unpleasant, But We Need to Have a Serious Talk, featured in this year’s Greek Film Expo on Demand. The film won the JP Costopoulos Foundation Award for Best Greek Film at the Thessaloniki International Greek Film Festival.

Part  3 of the discussion, 2-2:30 PM EDT features Vardis Marinakis, writer/director of Zizotek. Marinakis’ debut feature film, Black Field, won international awards and was hailed by Variety as “undeniably handsome and delicately crafted.” His second film, Zizotek, featured in this year’s Greek Film Expo on Demand, is the winner of a Hellenic Film Academy Award. Learn how the director’s bicycle accident inspired the film’s ending. 

To register for any of the Sunday sessions, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gXK5QFbcT_KYDOramRhvoA  

Further information about Greek Film Expo on Demand, the first-ever virtual Greek film festival is available online: https://hellenicfilmusa.org/.

Please note: Guests subject to change/substitution.