The 63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival will be held from Thursday 3 to Sunday 13 November 2022, both in physical spaces and online. Within the framework of the 63rd TIFF, 199 full-length and 68 short films will be screened in the time-honoured home ground of the Festival, theatres Olympion, Pavlos Zannas, the theatres situated in the Port of Thessaloniki, Frida Liappa, Tonia Marketaki, John Cassavetes, Stavros Tornes, as well in the movie theatre Makedonikon. In addition, the audience will have the chance to watch 93 films online, through the digital platform of the Festival, online.filmfestival.gr.
POSTER AND TRAILER
The 63rd TIFF’s poster bears the signature of the visual artist Dimitris Trimintzios, whereas the Festival’s spot was directed by the multi-awarded director Evi Kalogiropoulou.
OPENING FILM – CLOSING FILM
The 63rd TIFF will kick off on Thursday November 3, 2022, with Steven Spielberg’s film The Fabelmans, recipient of the People’s Choice Award at Toronto Film Festival, which is already gearing up for the Oscar ceremony.
The Festival will call it a wrap on Sunday November 13, 2022, with the film Corsage directed by Austrian filmmaker Marie Kreutzer.
WELCOMING BELOVED FILMMAKERS AND ACTORS
Multifaceted and stunning Charlotte Gainsbourg will attend the Festival, on the occasion of the screening of her film, Passengers of the Night by Mikhaël Hers, within the framework of the Open Horizons section of the 63rd TIFF. Moreover, lifelong friend of both the Festival and the city of Thessaloniki, Fatih Akin, will land in Thessaloniki to greet the audience in the screening of his latest film, Rhinegold.
“RECONSTRUCTION” IS THE FESTIVAL’S MAIN THEME
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary since the death of Theo Angelopoulos, the Festival is hosting a pioneering and innovative tribute to the auteur who changed the landscape of Greek cinema. The 63rd TIFF renders homage to Angelopoulos’ debut film, placing the idea of “Reconstruction” at the very core of this year’s edition, as a notion that reflects not only the magic of cinema, but also the way we interpret and grasp life and the world that surrounds us. In particular, the Festival’s grand tribute includes:
⇨ The main exhibition of the 63rd TIFF, titled “Anaparastasi: Reconstruction, Reenactment, Reconstitution”, in which twelve visual artists draw inspiration from the Festival’s main theme to create original works.
⇨ The photo exhibition titled “The ‘Sea’ at the Port”, featuring the work of Nikos Nikolopoulos, who worked as on-set photographer in the film The Other Sea, the unfinished swan song of Theo Angelopoulos.
⇨ The special two-language edition of the Festival, Angelopoulos forever, focused on the mystical power of Angelopoulos’ cinematic imagery.
⇨ The special screening of the documentary To Each Their Voice: Theo Angelopoulos & Nikos Panayotopoulos by Antonis Kokkinos and Yannis Soldatos, which brings forth a never-seen-or-heard-before discussion between two iconic figures of Greek cinema.
A LARGE-SCALE TRIBUTE TO ACTING
The 63rd TIFF hosts a grand tribute to the art and the profession of acting, under the title “Time to Act”, featuring a series of fascinating masterclasses delivered by distinguished guests from Greece and abroad:
Acclaimed British casting director, Debbie McWilliams, with 14 James Bond movies under her belt, dissects the present and the future of the casting business, along with her niece and colleague, Jemima McWilliams.
Renowned French agent, Laurent Grégoire, who served as the source of inspiration for the mega-hit Call My Agent, unveils the unseen aspects of his work.
Themis Bazaka, one of the most prolific actresses ever to appear in Greek cinema, showcases a series of selected scenes from her illustrious career, through an actor’s point of view.
Greek casting directors, Sofia Dimopoulou and Makis Gazis, offer invaluable audition-preparing tips to young actors and actresses.
The 63rd TIFF marks a first by hosting a large-scale tribute to indigenous cinema, comprising 17 full-length and short films.
Showcase the filmography of Peter Strickland, one of the most daring and provocative filmmakers of the last fifteen years. The British (with Greek roots) director will attend the 63rd TIFF.
Within the framework of the >>Film Forward section, the Festival hosts tributes on the work of experimental filmmakers, Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller, who will be both attending the Festival, whereas Peter Tscherkassky will deliver a masterclass.
Bring forth the work of the pioneering director and legend of Yugoslavian cinema, Aleksandar Petrović.
Honour the most prolific figure in the 20th century theatre, Peter Brook, through a spotlight on his filmmaking work.
GREEK FILM FESTIVAL
Welcoming 28 full-length Greek films and 19 short Greek films in the 63rd TIFF
- 15 movies celebrating their premiere (“First Run” & “Crossing Borders”)
- 3 movies that have already premiered in Greek cinemas (“A Second Viewing”)
- A unique documentary within the framework of the tribute to Theo Angelopoulos
- Special screening within the framework of the honorary Golden Alexander that will be bestowed to Finos Film
- Special screening of the new film directed by Panos H. Koutras, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival
- Spotlight to Maria Plyta, a legendary female figure and true pioneer of Greek cinema
- Spotlight and honorary Golden Alexander to the film director, cinema theoretician, novelist and translator, Maria Gavala
In addition, the awarded films of the recent 45th Drama International Short Film Festival will also be screened at the 63rd TIFF.
SUPPORTING GREEK CINEMA
The Festival offers a full-scale and wholehearted support to Greek cinema through the action Meet the Future, showcasing seven up-and-coming actors from Greece, the Agora Short Film Lab initiative, hosted in collaboration with the Clermont-Ferrand and Drama festivals, as well as though the Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy action. Moreover, for the third consecutive year the Festival offers a screening fee to all Greek films taking part in its official selection. Last but not least, the Festival will provide a boost of 3,000 euros per film to all filmmakers who take part in the most prestigious international film festivals with their debut or sophomore film.
The 63rd Thessaloniki Film Festival hosts four competition sections, granting a significant number of awards.
*A total of 11 films are taking part in the International Competition section of the 63rd TIFF, among which we encounter two Greek films. The 11 IC films are competing, among others, for the Best Full-Length Award “Theo Angelopoulos” (Golden Alexander, accompanied by a 10,000 euros cash prize), the Special Jury Award (Silver Alexander, accompanied by a cash prize of 5,000 euros), the Special Jury Award for Best Director (Bronze Alexander), which is backed by COSMOTE TV, the Festival’s Grand Sponsor, with a cash prize of 3,000 euros.
- A total of 10 films are lining up in the Meet the Neighbours competition section, among which we encounter two Greek films. The 10 MtN films are competing for the Golden Alexander (cash prize of 8,000 euros) and the Silver Alexander – Special Jury Award (cash prize of 4,000 euros).
- The >>Film Forward competition includes a total of 11 films, among which we encounter two Greek films, competing for the Golden Alexander (cash prize of 8,000 euros) and the Silver Alexander – Special Jury Award (cash prize of 4,000 euros).
- Marking a first, Mastercard is backing this year’s Mermaid Award with a 3,000-euro cash-prize.
- The Immersive/VR Competition makes a dynamic comeback, hosting 8 films screened at the Glass House (first floor of the former nursery station, in the Port of Thessaloniki), which compete for the 2,000-euro award. In addition, the immersive installation White Dwarf, created by Yolanda Markopoulou, will be showcased out of competition, at the East Entrance Guardhouse, at Pier A (Port of Thessaloniki).
- Discover the most dynamic and innovative cinema trends in the Open Horizons section, as well as in its sub-section Open Horizons – Another Take.
- Present the best Balkan movies in the Balkan Survey section.
- Catch up with our favourite directors in the Special Screenings section.
- Meet up in the late hours zone of ’Round Midnight.
- The 63rd TIFF gives prominence to the young generation voices through the NextGen section.
Featuring beloved actor and scriptwriter Yorgos Kapoutzidis as ambassador and unveiling the newly established section of Agora Series, which tunes in with the spirit of our times, the 63rd TIFF’s Agora will serve as a liaison between the professionals of the international movie industry and the Greek film community. This year’s Agora will dedicate a full day, Thursday November 10, to its new section, hosting a series of masterclasses and discussions that will highlight the affinities between TV production and the movie industry, giving the floor to representatives from major Greek and international networks, as well as to producers and directors of series for TV networks and platforms. TIFF’s Agora (4-12 November, 2022) is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA programme and bestows awards in services and cash prizes that amount up to 200,000 euros.
Ten Greek-speaking and English-speaking podcasts are contenders of the grand award of 2,000 euros, in the Podcast competition section of the Festival, while another ten podcasts take part in the Festival, included in the out of competition section. The audience will have the chance to listen live to all competition section podcasts in the specially configured venue of the Podcast Room, in the Port of Thessaloniki, with free admission for the public. In addition, the 63rd TIFF’s and the 25th TDF’s podcasts are competing for the ENS Louis Lumière – French Institute of Greece Award for Young Audio Documentary Creator. Moreover, the new Podcast Development Award, granted by iMEDd, in collaboration with TIFF, will be announced in the Festival’s closing ceremony. All podcasts will be available through the Festival’s website, http://www.filmfestival.gr.
This year marks a first for the Accessibility Award granted by Alpha Bank. The award, accompanied by a 3,000-euro cash prize is bestowed either to a film or a personality that brings forth issues that revolve around the unhindered access to arts. As every year, within the framework of the 63rd Festival, two universally accessible screenings will be held featuring two legendary Greek films
TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL
The 63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, capitalising on the experience and the gains of Evia Film Project, launches a series of actions and initiatives aiming to reduce its environmental footprint and raise awareness on the goal of sustainability.
ONE-MINUTE FILMS ON HOOLIGANISM-RELATED VIOLENCE
Moreover, the Festival, honoring the memory of Alkis Kampanos, who was murdered in Thessaloniki, in February 2022, invited young people aged 18-30 to create 1-minute films on the issue of hooliganism-related violence. Five of the films submitted will be awarded within the framework of the 63rd TIFF.
The Festival presents its two special editions, in collaboration with Nefeli publishing house:
- The special two-language edition, Angelopoulos Forever, dedicated to Theo Angelopoulos.
- The beloved and – as always – innovative A-Catalogue that beats to the drum of the 63rd Festival.
The 63rd Thessaloniki Film Festival is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Partnership Agreement of the Central Macedonia Regional Operational Program 2014-2020 and MEDIA program. Valuable is the support of ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), official communication sponsor of the Festival, COSMOTE TV, Grand Sponsor of the Festival, Alpha Bank, the Festival’s accessibility sponsor, MasterCard, the Festival’s official payment card, Aegean, the Festival’s official air-carrier, Fischer, the Audience Awards sponsor, and Jameson. The 63rd TIFF’s awards will be announced in its closing ceremony. Enjoy your screenings!
The Festival’s program, as well as more information on the films, are available on http://www.filmfestival.gr. Presale season opens on Tuesday, November 1st.